British Inter-Counties XC, BMAF Indoors & Shouldham Finale

This weekend has been a busy weekend for Ryston Athletes. We have had athletes go to Birmingham for the Inter Counties Cross Country Champs, Vet Athletes take part in the British Master Indoor Champs, plenty of athletes run at the last Shouldham race of the Series.

British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Ryston Runners had 6 Athletes selected to represent Norfolk at the British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.

Charlie Wakefield was the first athlete from East Anglia home in the Under 13 Boys age group, he ran superbly to finish 20th out of a field of 311. Also representing Norfolk in the Under 13 Boys was Bailey Took who finished 191st and 3rd out of the Norfolk Athletes. Callum Stamforth earnt his first Norfolk Vest and fared well in the Senior Mens Age group for recently recovering from injury.

Kate and Meg Willis were selected to run in the Under 13 Girls Category, even though Kate had been battling with nasty cough she managed to finish 74th out of 340 athletes. Meg finished 240th out of 340. Annie Rooks was selected to run in the Under 17 Age Group, where she finished 105th.

British Masters Indoor Championships

The British Masters' Indoor Track & Field Championships took place at Lee  Valley Athletics Centre in North London over the weekend and featured 5 Ryston Runners.

David Lane, trying indoor competition for the first time, contested  4 events in the M50 category, placing 5th in his two horizontal jumps ( LJ 4m 53; TJ 9m 28) and 6th in his 2 sprints ( 60m 8.96; 200m 30.28). He pronounced himself satisfied with achieving close to his best  performances in all four events and having met his goal of gaining experience of competing indoors.

Dan Yellop in his first Masters' indoor championships, competed on the Saturday in the M35 60m and 400m, placing 5th in the former, just missing out on a medal in the latter, run as timed heats, in which he achieved 54.26.

Gaye Clarke, whose participation  at the weekend had been put in doubt by a knee injury, limited her competition to just 2 cautious events, placing 4th in Long Jump with 3m 87 and 2nd in High Jump with 1m 27.

A 2nd place was also achieved by Cath Duhig in the W60 3000m racewalk.

Peter Duhig , still struggling for comeback form after several setbacks, had a lacklustre run in the M65 1500m on the Saturday, though still placed 4th . Better running in the 800m on the Sunday brought the same place result but by a much closer margin, 2:54.09 meaning he just missed bronze by a couple of seconds.

Shouldham Cross Country Race 6 of 6

In the Under 9 Boys Race Ryston Runner Thomas Turner finished second dipping just under 3 minutes. In the Under 9 Girls Ella Matthews was the first Ryston home in 5th place.

In the Under 11 Boys Kit Howlett for the first time ever dipped Under the 8 minute mark, taking 3rd on the day, which helped him seal 3rd place in the Series as well. Liam Clare & Oliver Davis finished in the top 10. Bea Honeybone was first Ryston Under 11 Girl home in 7th followed by Lily Teasdale (9th) & Sophie-Jane Hearn (12th).

In the Under 13 Boys Charlie Wakefield finished second, with a new Club Record, Bailey Took finished 3rd.  Rosie Both came second in the Under 13 Girls. Gabrielle Clare and Saffron Teasdale also ran well.

Chris Balmer finished 3rd in the Senior Mens Race. Nic Bensley Stewart Robbins & David Martson took the 1, 2, 3 in the VM45. Tony Savage was 3rd in the VM50.

Lorena Latisaite was 2nd in the Senior Womens race, with a new Personal Best. The was age category wins for both Susan Matthews (VL35) & Pauline Drewery (VL45), Karen Wood (VL50) & Maureen Wolfe (VL55). Other Top 3 Finishers were Lesley Robins (2nd in the VL40) & Wendy Fished (3rd VL50).

There was two new course records set by visiting athletes. OJ Paramenter from C&C broke the Under 13 Boys record with a time of 10:02.  Innes O’Maley from NNH broke the Under 11 Boys Record with a time of 7:39.

A full set of results can be found on our website here. Photographs taken by Tony Payne can be viewed here

Many thanks go to Martin and Marlene Simmonds who will be stepping back from the organisation of the series after taking it on 21 years ago and working with a great team of volunteers! A fantastic event that has been in place since the Club's initial years and one that we hope will continue to be just as successful!

Thanks to all those who have supported the event over the many years that it has run!

Silverstone Half Marathon

Darren Easter joined a growing list of Ryston Males to break the 1:30 hour barrier for Half Marathon at the Silverston Half. Others running were Richard Dickson and Sophie Tarsey.

The Silverstone Half Marathon also saw a great effort  from the Smith family, with Kevin ( 2 hrs 12) and Sue ( 2 hrs 44) supporting sister/daughter Sarah in her first ever half marathon, running to raise funds  for a charity supporting research into the heart condition from which she suffers. This was a monumental challenge for Sarah, who was also accompanied on the  run by her partner David Whitehouse

Other News

- Racing furthest afield, Pete Johnson (M60) took part in the Bath Half on Sunday, running 83:54

-Also M60, Eammon McCusker , despite beating his time from the previous year by 2.5 minutes, could not retain his category title in the Grantham "Newton's Fraction Half". A demanding course, involving 2 particularly severe climbs, was completed in 1:39:02, mile 11, a 1 in 8, taking 8:47, compared with steady 7:30 for the majority of the rest of the race, seeing Eammon finish just inside the first 1200, 99th out of 432.

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