23 May

Kaiser Chief At Chase The Train

Jan Kaiser Wins Chase The Train

It was maximum horsepower from Jan Kaiser at Sunday’s (20 May) Chase The Train. Both he and Felicity Quinn steamed ahead to victories on a hot day’s racing in Norfolk. 

Kaiser of City of Norwich AC crossed the finish line in 53:34 followed by Andy Mulligan of Coltishall Jaguars in 55:05. John Scoggins of City of Norwich AC came third in 56:13 making it a good first and third for the East Anglian club. 
 
Felicity Quinn of host club North Norfolk Beach Runners won the women’s race in 56:28 and set a new course record. There was a gap of almost 15 minutes between her and Sabrina Norton of Bungay Black Dog RC who finished in 1:10:21. Conversely, only two seconds separated her from Cassie Barker of Wymondham AC who was third in 1:10:23. A close fought battle between the second and third placed women.
 
Entries were limited to 200 runners due to logistics. Mark Robinson of Team Manea was the midpoint runner in 1:32:53 with the last entrant finishing in 2:02:41. 
 
Chase the Train is one of seven races from North Norfolk Beach Runners with all proceeds donated to the Stroke Association. A popular event in much the same way as Race The Train in Mid Wales where runners try to reach the finish line ahead of a steam locomotive. They followed a flat, 8.9-mile trail alongside the Bure Valley Railway, starting at Aylsham and ending at Wroxham - a journey of 45 minutes if travelling by train. 
 
No-one beat the train although there was consolation in the form of a free trip back to Aylsham courtesy of the Bure Valley heritage railway. 
 
Photo courtesy of John Ford.