ATHLETICS: It proved to be a busy and varied weekend for members of Ryston Runners AC.
At the Sportspark track in Norwich, there was quite a medal haul for in the county track and field championships.
James O’Neill dominated the senior men’s 800m and 5,000m, taking gold in both, with Justin Kinsey taking silver behind him in the 800m.
Gareth Hunt had a successful day in the field with gold in the high jump, equalling his personal best of 1m 70, and in the long jump with a season’s best of 5m 98.
Ed Borrmann returned to winning ways with a 4m pole vault bringing him a gold medal in the junior men’s event.
Dan Yellop picked up silver in the senior men’s 200m with a time of 24.2 and there was gold for Stuart Chisholm in the senior men’s pole vault with 3m 20.
Stuart Howlett had a brilliant debut championships, taking bronze in the senior men’s javelin with a 34m throw but he was delighted to be bested, medals-wise, by his daughter Thea, who took gold in the u13 girls javelin with a club record throw of more than 22 metres).
She also picked up silver with a personal best and club record in the 800m, while her brother Kit qualified for the u11 boys 60m finals where he finished fourth.
In the same category Harry Wakefield won his first county gold medal in the vortex throw, launching it in excess of 30m.
Mia Moore, in the u11 girls, ran a personal best time in the 600m.
Hannah Brown bagged gold in the u17 girls 300m and silver in the high jump.
Mackenzie Pilkington, in his first county championship, impressed with gold in the u13 boys long jump. His winning leap of 4m 42 was some 30cm further than that of his nearest rival. He also took silver in the 200m and was part of the u13 boys relay team that took silver at the end of the day.
In this he was joined by Brandon Tuttle, Robert MacQueen, and Charlie Wakefield, all of whom had competed valiantly but just missed out on medal places in other events.
The turnout by junior club members was the best for more than 10 years and many just missed out on medals with some brave fourth places.
* Over the border in Suffolk, Paul Harrison defeated the whole field, including many younger competitors, to take gold in the triple jump with a leap of 11m 39.
It took him to fourth place in the national M45 rankings, a position he already occupies in the long jump.