Second Half of October Performances

News from the last two weekends of performances from Ryston Athletes, including Sportshall, Shouldham XC, Houghton Hall XC
Norfolk Sportshall League 15th October 2016
Saturday saw Ryston junior athletes take part in the first Sportshall League match of the season at the UEA Sportspark. It was the biggest ever Norfolk Sportshall  League match, with 200 juniors from all over the county taking part.  
David MacQueen dominated the U11 Boys jump events taking the wins in the Standing Long Jump by 12cm (1.92m) and  in the Vertical Jump by 8cm (47cm). He also finished 3rd in the 2 Lap. David and George Evans combined in the Paarlauf Relay to finished 4th.  Highlight for George was 7th in the Speedbounce. The final member of the U11 Boys team was Malakai Took whose highest finish came with a 5th place  in the Speedbounce, as well as 6th in 4 Lap and 7th in Vertical Jump. The boys finished as the 6th best team at the end of the first day.
In the U13 Boys Liam Clare had success with the jumps, clearing over 2m in the standing long jump for the first time (2.02m for 3rd). William Evans was taking part in his first ever Sportshall competition, and the big highlight for him was finishing 4th in the Shot Put (5.52m). As a pair they finished as 5th highest team on the day.
In the U13 Girls Bea Honeybone and Lily Teasdale combined to finish 10th in the Paarlauf. Bea’s highest finish came in the Shot, 7th with a throw of 5.60m. Lily finished  15th in the Speedbounce. Taking part in her first ever Sportshall match Lily-May Collison competed well, finishing 13th in the 6 Lap and 14th in Standing Triple Jump.
Bailey Took finished 12th Overall in the U15 Boys Individual competition, with his highest finish being 7th in the 4 lap.
Shouldham Cross Country 16th October 2016
Sunday saw the opening event of the 2016-17  Ryston Cross Country Grand Prix Series, "under new management", although the organisers for the previous 20 years, Martin and Marlene Simmonds were still much in evidence and hands-on helping.
The most delighted face  of the day was probably that of Lorena Latisaite when she realised that, in winning the Senior Women's race, she had broken 20 minutes for the 5K course for the first time, smashing her best time by 40 seconds. 
Lorena was one of  4 category winners from the home club, with the other honours going to Nic Bensley and Nicky Roger in the M and W 45  age groups, and the ever-improving Tony Savage in the M50s. Other Ryston members to take home one of the new style awards chosen for this series were Callum Stanforth and Robert Simmonds, 2nd and 3rd SM, Jenny Balmer, 2nd SW, Susan Matthews, 2nd W35, Stewart Robins  3rd M45, Geraldine Jordan, 2nd W50, and Liz Blakie, 2nd W55.
Other Ryston 5K results :
SM 4  Daniel Guppy 5  Andrew Simmonds 6 Gareth Hunt 7 Paul Kearney 11 Michael Howlett 13 Adam Howard
W35 5  Anna Seaman 6  Hayley Hawes 9  Claire Emery
M40 4  Darren Easter W40   5  Jonathan Hawes 10 Mark Doughty
M45 4  Will Honeybone 9  Miles Thomas 13 Paul Carter 15 Andrew McNamara
M50 5  David Marston 6 Jeremy Navrady 8  David Lane 11 Andy Smith * 12 Simon Tarling
W50   4 Linda Marshall 6  Wendy Fisher 10 Sue Smith 
M55 4  Carl Manning
M60 7  Peter Duhig
Amsterdam Marathon 16th October
Meanwhile, in Amsterdam, a small group of Ryston Runners were enjoying a weekend excursion to take in an autumn marathon.  In an event that  was described by  one of them  as  " hot, poorly organised, and with a strong whiff of dope", the fastest finisher of the group, after a long absence from both club and competition, was Ian Barrett with a time of 3:07. Shaun Mann and Phil Twite finished relatively closely in 3:13 and 3:14 respectively, while Lesley Robins and Mel Reed , who had done some pre-race training together, clocked 3:30 and 3:38. Karen Smith, Emma Thompson, and Martin Ive ran together to finish in 4:21.
Malcolm Tuff completed the  accompanying half marathon event in 1:23, running into marathon tailenders as he finished.
Houghton Park Cross Country 23rd of October
Ryston won the club award yet again at the WNAC XC at Houghton Park on Sunday. They had by far the best club turnout numerically and, inevitably, also several category successes:
U9 Boys - 4th Samuel De-Gol
U9 Girls - 8th Ruby De-Gol
U11 boys -  2nd Malakay Took
U13 girls - 2nd Mia Moore, 5th Bea Honeybone
U15 boys - 1st Bailey Took
U15 girls - 1st Rosie Booth
U20 boys - 1st Paul Keaney 
U20 girls - 1st Annie Rooks 
Senior Women - 1st Jan Manning
Masters Men - 1st Nic Nicholas Bensley, 2nd Neil Stapleton, 3rd Tony Savage, 4th Mark Doughty, 5th Kevin Howlett, 6th Carl Manning, 7th David Lane
Masters Women - 2nd Geraldine Jordan, 3rd Elizabeth Blakie
Other News
-  Simon Levy recorded 3:10:57 in the Abingdon Marathon, an event he reputedly did “just for fun”, while two other club members chose the 10 mile distance for their weekend's sport : 
-  Matt Allen placed 3rd in the Draycote Water 10 Miler with 58:36
-  Pauline Drewery missed a PB by a whisker with 75:26 in the Great South Run.