Week Update 24/07/16

The past 7 days there have been plenty of action on the road by Ryston Athletes with the final Wroxham 5k race, Littleport 10k plus more.
Wroxham 5K Series - final race
Thursday saw the running of the rescheduled Race 2 in the popular Wroxham Summer Road Race Series, the original fixture having been abandoned due to flash flooding. Nine Ryston Runners went across to the Broadland town to complete their participation in the series, several marking the occasion with PB times.
Callum Stanforth PB of 16:03 brought him across the line in 4th place overall, 3rd Senior Man. Malcolm Tuff, just 4 seconds adrift of his all time PB, dominated the 
M50 category with 17:10 for 19th place overall. Pete Johnson likewise dominated the M60s with 19:08, and Jane Ashby, having made a cautious return after an injury
concern, took 2nd in the W65s.
Gareth Hunt had a great end to the Series, breaking 18 minutes for the first time, and definitively so, clocking a PB of 17:43. Richard Watson ran a time of 18:22, Neil Stapleton clocked 18:48, both finishing well inside the top 100 .
Martin Blackburn (25:26) and Keith Morris (25:53) finished within 10 places of each other, and consecutively in the M55 category.
Littleport 10K
Adam Matthews, who has been returning to the form he showed as a promising junior athlete before he has knee issues, had the novel experience of leading the race foralmost the first half when taking on the field at the Littleport 10K on Sunday.
He managed to take third in 36:35. Andy Smith was 7th in 37:45, both clubmates
finding the hot and hilly conditions somewhat taxing.
Nelson Knee Knobbler
A warm wind , sand dunes, and seal pups were just a few of the challenges facing the 3 Ryston athletes who chose the Nelson Knee Knobbler on the east Norfolk coast for their weekend's race experience. Nic Bensley, a veteran of these races, proved he still has what it takes to compete with the best of the field in the 10K event, placing 3rd overall, while Darren Easter was also up there with the top runners, finishing in 6th.
Kelly De Gol opted for the 5K course and was 2nd woman to finish.
Mil Palmeras Cross Nocturna
Cath and Pete Duhig cycled a good 5 miles to take part in what had previously been billed as a 5K evening race in Mil Palmeras in Alicante province in Spain, only to discover, on completing the second lap of what they had expected to be a 4 lap event, that that was it - just about 2500m. Both placed second in their respective 60+ categories, with Cath, despite walking the course as usual, also picking up the trophy for being 3rd locally based athlete to finish.