Junior Awards Evening 2016

On Monday 1st of February we hosted our Annual Junior Awards Evening to celebrate the great year on track, field, cross country and Sportshall during 2015. Fresh from being awarded KLFM’s Sportsman of the year Ryston Runner’s own Matt Pyatt joined us to hand out the awards. 

We started of the awards with handing out the England AA Certificates for individual events. Which consists of 4 Levels, Level 4 results in a very good performance for a club runner, and if you are receiving a Level 1 you are likely to be in the ranked in the top 50 for you specified event.

We had two athletes receive Level 1 Grades, these were Mackenzie Pilkington for Long Jump (5.08m U13 Boys) and Kate Willis for 800m (2.28mins). Mackenzie also had two level 2 grades for 100m & 200m, whilst Kate received a level 3 for 1500m. Thea Howlett was the Ryston Runner with the most standards, receiving 7 different awards, including a Level 2 for Pentathlon.

Other juniors to receive grades were Robert MacQueen for 100m, 200m & Long Jump, Charlie Wakefield for 800m, 1500m & Shot and Bailey Took for 800m & 1500m. And the first grade of 2016 was awarded to Anna Wood for her 60m Sprint at Keith Ward Championships.

Individual Age Group Track & Field Awards

Under 11 Boys

The Under 11 Boys have been strong this year with league competition in both the East Anglian League and Quad kids, and then a very strong outing in Counties. Liam Clare and David MacQueen received honourable mentions for the outstanding performances in their first year of track and field, and Harry Wakefield received a special mention for his performance over the Quad Kids Series, especially for his ability at the Vortex Howler.

But the winner was Kit Howlett. During 2015 on the track, Kit has broken 2 County in both the 80 metre sprint and 600 metre sprint. He also took multiple medals at the County Championships as well as winning the U11 Boys section of the Norfolk Quad Kids Series.

Under 11 Girls

An honourable mention went to Lily Teasdale for her improvements during the season on the track, especially in the Quad Kids Series.

But the winner was Bea Honeybone. Bea came second in the Quad Kids Series in the Under 11 Girls Age Group. She has shown she defiantly has a bright future at Javelin with some massive throws with the Vortex Howler during the year.

Under 13 Boys

The 2015 Under 13 Boys Team has been one of the strongest we have had for a long time. During the Year we have had Robert MacQueen take the sprint double at the Eastern AA Championships, Mackenzie Pilkington be the first Under 13 in Rystons History to go over 5 metres in Long Jump, Charlie Wakefield breaking the 800m & 1500m Club Records (previously held by James Thompson who went on to medal at English Schools) and the 4 x 100m Relay Club record being broken by 1.7 secs. Honourable Mentions were received by Mackenzie, Charlie, Bailey Took & Joe McNulty.

But the winner was Robert MacQueen, down to his consistent performances over 100m and 200m this year. Robert finished the year in top 100 for 100m, and rarely found himself outside the top 2 in his races during the year, this is mainly down to the rapid start he is always able to produce, especially when it counts.

Under 13 Girls

The Under 13 Girls have shown Girl Power this year on the track. A lot of our girls have taken on the 800m and we have 5+ athletes who have already broken the 3 minute barrier. Many were in the first year in their age category, so next year they will be able to push for medals. Impressive performances all season long by Mia Moore in the EYAL, including helping the combine team to high finishes in the 4 x 100m.

Honourable mentions were received by Anna Wood, Meg Willis, Mia Moore, Jessie Kite, Izzy Sandover & Saffron Teasdale.

But the winner is Kate Willis. Even though Kate has only ran 3 800m races in her life she finished 2015 ranked 41st in the UK, with an impressive time of 2.28. She was also the second fastest Ryston Female over both 800m and 1500, during the 2015 season.

Under 15 Girls

An Honourable mention went to Gabrielle Clare for how well she performed in her first season on the track. Taking some large chunks of her 100m best during the season as well as giving a go to some field events such as Long Jump and Shot Put.

But the winner was Thea Howlett. 2015 was the first year Thea had a real crack at Multi-eventing and by taking 7 different England AA certificates shows how well she has done. She became Norfolk champion and 3rd at Eastern Combined Event Championships in her first year of her age group. She also finished top 2 at Norfolk Schools in 800m and therefore went on to Anglian Schools, where she ran a new pb of 2.23.14.

Sportshall Athlete's of the Year

2015 saw the return of Ryston in the Norfolk Sportshall League. We went in with no expectations and left with an Under 11 Boys team who were competing for the League win right up to the last events. The team consisted of David MacQueen, Ben Smith, George Evans, Harry Sharpe, Kit Howlett and Liam Clare. All performed well with David, Kit, Liam and Ben receiving a call up to the Norfolk team, in which they came joint first. On the Female side we had multiple athletes who came and improved as they got more experience during the season. Lily and Saffron Teasdale, Sophie-Jane Hearn and Ella Hipperson performed well in the team events. Whilst Gabrielle Clare performed well in the Under 15 Girls, performing very well in the jump events.

The winner of Male Sportshall Athlete of the Year was Liam Clare

The winner of Female Sportshall Athlete of the Year was Gabrielle Clare

Female Endeavour Award

Was award to Saffron Teasdale. This was due to her hard work in training which has started to really pay of on the track. She is a key member of our track team, often turning out at the EAL and Quad Kids Competitions. Also even though she trains as a sprinter, you will often find her at our Shouldham Cross Countries.

Male Endeavour Award

Was awarded to Bailey Took. Bailey has had a great year over middle distance, his hard work in training has resulted in this. He took silver at both Country Track and Cross Country Championships, and has a bright future ahead of him if he maintains the effort in training and competitions.

Most Improved Athlete of the Year

The winner of most improved athlete of the year is Meg Willis. Meg is one of our talented middle distance runners. She started of the season running 800 metres in 2.50 minute range, then after a spell of good training she flew under the 2.50 barrier to run 2.46.3 in July, she went on to run the exact time again two months later to show that it will be no matter of time till she breaks 2.45 minutes.  

Newcomer of the Year

The winner was Rosie Booth who has been training with us for just over half a year and competing for us for the past 4 months. In one of her first competitions for us she was part of the Under 13 Girls Ryston Team who took Silver at the Norfolk County Cross Country Championships. She has also performed very well during the Shouldham Series.

Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year

The winner was Charlie Wakefield. Charlie has be a formidable force during 2015, and he took the excellent form he had from the end of the track season onto the cross country season. He has been winning the Under 13 Boys races at Shouldham and took Gold at the Norfolk County Championships. Charlie was selected to run for Norfolk at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships were he finished 15th, the second highest finish out of all the Norfolk Athletes in all the age groups.

Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year

The winner was Lily Teasdale. Lily has performed well all cross country season, improving her positions and times as races go by. She has performed well at school champs as well as at the Shouldham series.

Outstanding Performance of the Year

It was great to see this year multiple performances that were worthy for consideration of this award, below is the list of nominations and the winner.


Thea Howlett – 6th at South of England Indoor Combine Event Championships for Under 15 Girls

Kate Willis – Running 2.28 minute 800m to Finish the Year in Top 50 in UK for Under 13 Girls

Robert MacQueen – Double Sprint Champion at Eastern AA Outdoor Championships for Under 13 Boys

Charlie Wakefield – 15th at South Inter-counties Cross Country for Under 13 Boys

Mackenzie Pilkington – First Ryston to Jump over 5 metres (5.08m) as an Under 13, That Jump Ranked him 14th in UK for U13 Boys.

But the Winner Was The Ryston Runner Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m County Champions & Club Record Holders. The team consisting of Robert MacQueen, Charlie Wakefield, Joe McNulty & Mackenzie Pilkington Won the Norfolk County Championships with a time of 56.6 seconds. Beating the previous club record by 1.7 seconds, which had stood for around 20 years (the previous record had one of the Simmonds brothers in, which shows how the long the record has stood).

Track Athlete of the Year

Winner was Kate Willis. Kate broke both the 800m & 1500m club records this year whilst being relatively new to track running. In the 1500m where she broke the record the conditions were very wet and windy, so to come out with the time she did (5.18.2mins) is even more impressive.

Field Athlete of the Year

Winner was Mackenzie Pilkington. Mackenzie had an amazing season in the Long Jump pit. He broke the 5 metre barrier twice, broke the Norfolk County Championship Record, broke the Club Record and also took home bronze at the National Prep School Championships.

Overall Athlete of the Year

Winner was Thea Howlett. Her performance at the Southern Indoor Combine Event Champs was outstanding, taken 6th at a Southern Champs is a great achievement. Thea also medalled as a first year in her age group at the Eastern Combined Event Championships, as well as winning Norfolk. In the Eastern Schools Combine Events Champs (her first ever Pentathlon) she beat tough opposition from other Norfolk Athletes to be the highest finishing Norfolk competitor. Also in 800m which is her strongest event, she finished in the top two at County Schools and then went on to perform very well at Anglian Schools, running her personal best time of 2.23.14, which is the fastest time by a Ryston Female last year by 5 seconds.

Being Team Manager for the Leagues I’ve seen first-hand what a cracking year 2015 has been for the clubs juniors, and I look forward to the junior side of the club to keep on growing with the addition of Sportshall and more athletes coming to competitions. It’s nice to see us not as get fit club for other sports, but a competition club which kids go on to do great things in the sport whether it be run personal bests or to medal at championships. There is no reason why in the next 5 years we cannot have 5+ athletes qualifying for English Schools, the talent is there.


Thanks for all the parents who have driven their kids around to competitions all year round! And thanks to all of the junior coaching team, as if it wasn’t for their hard work we wouldn’t be able to give the kids the time needed to help them grow as athletes!

On to an ever better 2016!



The full set of photos from the night can be found on our Facebook page.