London Marathon and East Anglian League

This gone weekend was a busy weekend for Ryston Runners with the Track and Field team starting of their season at the East Anglian League match at Lynnsport, also group of our Road Runners took to the busy streets of London to take part in the Marathon.

London Marathon

The main athletic event that most people will have registered at the weekend was the Virgin Money London Marathon. Ryston Runners AC had a dozen starters this year, of whom all bar one finished.

Best time of the day by a Ryston Runner was the 2:42:35 recorded by Chris Balmer, which gave him a top 500 finishing position. Also breaking the 3 hour barrier was Matt Allen, who ran 2:48:29.

However, the performance of the day in terms of athletic achievement was probably that of Jane Ashby whose 4:09:40 saw her place 6th in the W65 category and achieve an 88.6% age grading. (The senior woman's equivalent time would work out at 2:32:48, good enough to qualify for the GB World Championships team). Despite only being a relatively recent convert to athletics ( she is also a more than competent water skier), Jane has certainly made her mark on the Masters Athletics scene in this country over the past few years.

Stewart Robins, who was sidelined after back surgery just over a year ago, finished in the top 5000 with 3:19:18, and Lesley Robins also broke the 3:30 with 3:27:44, putting her 81st in the W40 category. Stewart was glimpsed briefly on TV going through Canary Wharf, but Lesley had several seconds in the media limelight as she was approaching the finishing line almost alongside TV newsreader Sophie Raworth.

Sarah Partridge ( 4:28:15) was also broadcast to the nation as she was running just ahead of radio presenter Chris Evans. Between Lesley and Sarah Eamonn McCusker finished in 4:03:54, not the best day in the office for a man of this marathon experience, and just after Sarah came Tim Rudd, in his marathon debut, ecstatic to finish his first marathon and raise plenty of money for his chosen charity, Resolution.

The thought of charity sponsorship was possibly a good motivator for another Ryston athlete not having his best of marathon days. Jeff Reed suffered some problems at about 16 miles but battled on to finish in 5:00:59, raising money for local charity Megan’s Challenge. Just behind Jeff was Hayley Bunn in 5:01:19. The Ryston contingent was completed by John Sayer, who ran 5:41:36.

East Anglian League – Kings Lynn

Meanwhile, the track and field season was getting under way with the first fixture in the East Anglian League at Lynnsport. Ryston had a good turnout of mainly junior athletes and some exceptional early season opening performance.

Ryston Athlete of the day went to Bea Honeybone who won her 3 field events, breaking the club U13 G Javelin record with a throw of 23m 19, and also achieving PBs in High Jump ( 1m 20) and Long Jump ( 4m 02).  She was part of the Under 13 Girls team who finished 3rd on the day against a competitive field. Also in the team were Lily Teasdale started the season well with a pair of PB’s in the 200m (34.8s) and Hurdles (15.1 s), Lily May Colison who came 3rd in the Shot Put with a throw of 4.52m, Lucy Oakley won the B String shot with a throw of 3.48m, and Matilda Loram jumped 3.05m to come 3rd in the B String Long Jump.

The Under 13 Boys came 2nd on the day as a team, showing their Sprinting Abilities off throughout the day, especially at the end by winning the 4 x 100m Relay by over a second. Kit Howlett came away with 3 wins, winning the 200m (30.5s), Discus (15.03m) and 100m B String (14.6). George Evans got 3 PBs in Long Jump (Jumping over 3m for the first time), 100m and Shot. Liam Clare won the Hurdles in 15.3s as well as a pair of second place finishes in 100m and Long Jump. David MacQueen in his first competition as an Under 13 got of to a flyer winning his 200m Race in 31.4s. Kieran Bell was 2nd B String Long Jumper with a leap of 3.60m and Ryan Wood was 2nd in the B string hurdles.

In the Under 15 Boys Robert MacQueen showed the hard winter work had paid of by running two new pbs in the 100m (12.9s) and 200m (26.5s), finishing 2nd in both. William Evans threw well in his events including 8.25m in discus.

In the Under 15 Girls Mai Loram was 3rd in 1500m in a time of 6.03.8mins, Chloe Witmore was 4th in 100m (15.0 secs) and Izzy Sandover was 4th in 800m in 2.54.2min.

Senior Women had a brilliant High Jump competition winning the A and B String, Naomi Darkins Jumping 1.37m and Caitlin Harris Doy jumping 1.30m. Thea Howlett won the Javelin (28.11m) as well as equalling her 200m PB of 27.6. Lorena LatišaitÄ— was 2nd in Shot (8.63m) and 3rd in 1500m (5.20.8min). Eleanor Hilton finished 2nd in 300m (49.9s), Gabby Clare Triple Jumped (8.14m) and Chief Timekeeper Gaye Clarke managed to find time to throw the Hammer 23.96m.

The Senior Men also performed well, Gareth Hunt won the Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump, equalling his PB height of 1.80m. Robert Simmonds won the Javelin and Discus, David Lane threw the discus well (18.20m) to take 2nd B String, Tom Barnes-Hooker was 2nd in the High Hurdles in 19.4s and Malcolm Tuff’s time of 4.40 mins in the 1500m will put him in the Top 5 Ranking in UK for his Age Group as well as being good enough for him to win the B String on the day.

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Tackling a lesser distance on the roads, Pete and Cath Duhig completed their first race since moving to Spain and made their mark by winning category prizes. Pete was first M60+ in 47:52, while Cath took 2nd place in the W60 age group, walking the course in around 64 and a half minutes.