Perkins Peterborogugh Half Marathon + Other News

A weekend of extremes for Ryston Runners , with several athletes achieving personal bests while others experienced personal setbacks :

Perkins Peterborough Half Marathon

The best-attended event, in club terms, was the one that saw most of the highs - the Perkins Peterborough Half Marathon on Sunday, in which at least 25 members participated, with over half a dozen reporting achieving PB times.

Out of almost 4250 finishers, Chris Balmer featured in the top 50 with a time of 1:16:19, while Warren Armstrong made the top 100 in 80th place with 1:19:19.

Also dipping under the 1:30 mark were Nic Bensley (1:21:54), Neil Stapleton (1:26:38 [a 4 minute PB]), Will Honeybone (1:27:45) and Martin Sheldrick, with a PB by 5 minutes of 1:27:46.

Ian Milburn was just outside the 1:30 on this occasion, clocking 1:30:56, before Lorena Latisaite powered home to a PB time of 1:33:36, closely followed by Graeme Leeson, achieving 1:33:55. Also finishing in close order were Paul Carter (1:40:31 PB) and Eamonn McCusker (1:40:54) , before Barry Smith, who had the previous day  finished 4th out of 36 in 1:48:23  in the RAF  Mildenhall Half Marathon, dressed as Batman, crossed the line after 1:43:19 of running.

In close order soon after came John Bowen (1:44:01) and Adam Howard with Julia Norman, both on 1:44:15, a PB for Julia by 3 minutes. Juliette Meek and Jeff Reed, the next two Ryston finishers, also recorded PB times, of 1:49:27 and 1:51:53, and by 2 and 1 minutes respectively.

Andrew McNamara finished in 1:52:21 before Wendy Fisher recorded a PB by 47 seconds of 1:56:18. She was closely followed over the line by Sarah Partridge, who ran 1:57:51.

Four more club members finished in over 2 hours, the first of these being Cheryl Brown in 2:04:55. Vitalija Fussell ran 2:16:56, Mick Ennis recorded a PB of 2:21:00, and Peter Brown, after many injury fraught years, completed the  club's line up with a time of 2:36:52.

Budapest Marathon, 10km & 5km Races

In Budapest, Hungary, the best and worst of times were experienced by members of the Pyatt family. Matt, who was in the top 10 at 30K in the Marathon, unfortunately collapsed as a result of his maximum efforts and had to be taken off to hospital, where he recovered well and from where he was released with in a few hours.

Meanwhile, his wife Lisa had recorded her best 10K time for several years, achieving her sub 45 minute target by clocking 44:53, a season's best. The previous day, Matt's father, Charlie Pyatt, who has recently been persuaded to take up running, clocked a PB time of 37:09.

Other News

- Also at the weekend, Robert Simmonds ran 36:16 to finish 10th out of over 1500 in the Herts 10K

- Cath Duhig, after a recent spell of good form, struggled in the Enfield League 5 mile Yacht Handicap race at Lee Valley, to finish 4th woman in 51:25.