ATHLETICS: Almost 400 runners took part in the fourth event in this season’s Ryston Runners’ Cross Country Grand Prix Series.

The home club had some family results. In the junior races Kit Howlett won the u9 boys race with sister Thea third in the u13 girls. Robert Simmonds was second in the senior men’s race with brother Andrew third.
Malcolm Tuff was third overall with an impressive run that saw him clearly in the lead in the M45 category. Jo Isbill set a new W45 best time for the course, winning her category.

λ Marcus Hawkins finished 28th of 450 starters, sixth in the M40 category, in 1:38:49, at The Folksworth 15.

λ Two Ryston athletes were in action at Lee Valley in London.

Ed Borrmann won bronze in the pole vault at the South of England Indoor Championships.

After a promising first lap in the 2014 Enfield Racewalking League, Cath Duhig fell victim to searing pain in her feet. She gritted her teeth to finish 10th in the women’s race.

But she did get good news, learning she has been ranked 10th female in the country for the 20km walk for 2013.

λ West Norfolk AC athletes were also in action at the South of England Indoor Championships..

Matthew Bailey (u20 men) got a new personal best time of 8.84 seconds in the 60m hurdles to qualify for the semi-finals and is ranked 28th fastest in the UK.

James Greenhalgh (u17 men) also ran a personal best of 9.52s,while Hannah Greenhalgh (u15 girls) qualified for the National Indoor championships in Sheffield in March with a personal best 10.46s.

Emma Dewdney (u15 girls) was hampered by a calf muscle injury but still managed 10.96s.

Hannah’s first indoor 200m event brought her fourth place with a time of 30.06s in her heat. Matthew and Emma, also competed in the 60m sprints but were disappointed with their times, despite creditable performances.