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GALLERY: Hundreds defy high winds to join in Tarpley 10/20 races

PUBLISHED: 18:57 24 February 2020 | UPDATED: 19:59 24 February 2020

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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About 800 brave runners refused to be beaten by high winds as they turned out for the Tarpley 10/20 mile road races.

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The popular annual races, organised by Saint Edmund Pacers, set out from Thurston Community College's campus in Beyton on Sunday, with a choice of 10 and 20-mile distances.

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The event is named after Bert Tarpley, one of the earliest Pacer members and former club president. Members of his family were there for the occasion and opened the race.

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The course took some beautiful countryside, with competitors running through villages including Hessett, Gedding, Thorpe Morieux, Brettenham and Drinkstone.

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

However, runners faced a real battle against the weather, especially when they had to run into a head wind during the last three miles.

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Despite the testing conditions, some runners posted on social media after the event that they were looking forward to next year already.

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Some of the big contingent of Felixstowe Road Runners who took part in Sunday's Tarpley 10 and 20 mile road races. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSASome of the big contingent of Felixstowe Road Runners who took part in Sunday's Tarpley 10 and 20 mile road races. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

A trio of Hadleigh Hares at the Tarpley 20, held from Beyton, from left: Kevin Scutcher, Dean Wright and Karl Feagan. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSAA trio of Hadleigh Hares at the Tarpley 20, held from Beyton, from left: Kevin Scutcher, Dean Wright and Karl Feagan. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The Tarpley family. Picture: Victoria PertusaThe Tarpley family. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

All smiles before the start of the Tarpley 20, from left, Heather Bush, Caroline Green, Jennifer Wright and Hannah Thompson. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSAAll smiles before the start of the Tarpley 20, from left, Heather Bush, Caroline Green, Jennifer Wright and Hannah Thompson. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Alfie and Sophie Tarpley started the race. Picture: Victoria PertusaAlfie and Sophie Tarpley started the race. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Hundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria PertusaHundreds of people braced the cold weather and took part on the Tarpley race in Beyton. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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