ATHLETICS: A well-attended junior presentation event in the Olympic Suite at Lynnsport saw Ryston Runners junior members celebrate their achievements.
All those who had attended training regularly received a certificate, and there were medals for anyone who had represented the club during the previous year.
Individual age group winners were: Girls – u11, Anna Wood; u13, Thea Howlett; u15, Annie Rooks. Boys – u11 Charlie Wakefield; u13 Brandon Tuttle.
Cross country awards went to Mia Moore and Kit Howlett with track and field winners being Annie Rooks and Robert MacQueen.
Best newcomers were Bea Honeybone and Alfie Bobbins and the award for outstanding individual performance went to Hannah Brow.
Thea Howlett was named overall junior athlete of 2013 for her ability to jump far, throw long, and run quickly.
λ The pre-marathon enthusiasm for trying out a distance race continued at the weekend at the Wymondham 20 mile race. In a field of almost 300, three Ryston club records were set, as well as individual and team category wins recorded.
Marie French won the senior women’s race, taking a whopping 23 minutes off the previous club best, recording 2:20:38 for 30th place overall. She led home a triumphant Ryston senior team, joined by Lorena Latisaite (83, 2:35:41) and Heather Beattie (94, 2:38:53).
Jo Isbill continued her onslaught on the W45 records books, with a time of 2:32:15. She was joined by Pauline Drewery (2:44:47) and Karen Smith (2:52:51) to take the veteran team honours.
Matt Wortley’s run of 2:17:19 (20th) in the M35 category established the benchmark.
With the first Ryston man home, Nic Bensley (19, 2:17:04) and 23rd placed Simon Able (2:18:49) Ryston made a clean sweep of the veteran team awards. Les Scott won the M55 category in 2:26:56, 47th place overall, while Stewart Robins continues to impress with his strength and increasing speed, rewarded on this occasion with a third place in the M45 category (2:20:00).
λ Neil Watson completed the Silverstone Half Marathon in 1:42:39, while Kevin Smith, who got in his pre-marathon 20 the previous week at Tarpley, timed in at 1:55:19.
λ Down the distances, but much further afield, on a working trip to Ireland, Peter and Cath Duhig took part in the Rock and Road 10K in Kinvara, County Galway.
Peter ran the tricky, hilly course in 49:37, a pleasing improvement on recent form for him, and probably first in the M60 category.
Cath racewalked the course in 66:45.