ATHLETICS: It was largely a choice between 5K and 10K distances for members of Ryston Runners at the weekend, though a few did both, and three did something different.
5K was the distance on offer in eastern Spain where Cath and Pete Duhig were among almost 400 finishers in the Cross Bahia de Portman.
Pete was fourth in the Super Veteranos category in 25.37, while Cath, the oldest woman in the field, took second place in the Super Veteranas, walking the course about 2.5 minutes slower than the winning runner in this category.
5K was also on offer at Dereham on Sunday, where Jo Isbill broke the club W45 record, winning her category in 21.31, and Jan Manning took the honours in the W35 category in 22.10.
Justin Kinsey was first Hare home, in 12th place in 18.02, followed by new member Adam Howard, 16th in 18.38. Stewart Robins was second M45, in 31st place overall in 19.25.
Other Ryston results, from the 236 finishers, were Neil Watson 21.23; Carl Manning 21.46; Ian Todd 22.04; Mark Doughty 22.18; Chris Chapman 24.53; Andy Harrod 26.42; Jeff Reed 26.49; Ivan Nunn 28.27, and Bev Harrod 32.34.
Watson and Doughty then zoomed off to do the double by also taking part in the Marham 10K. There Heather Beattie took the honours for the club, winning the Senior Women’s category in 41.40. Pauline Drewery 45.17 and Linda Marshall 46.29 made it three Ryston women in the first 10.
Steve Bowerman was first Hare home in 39.00 with Nathan Gardner coming home in 39.20 and Michael Howlett 39.31. Barry Smith ran 41.53, Les Scott 42.16, Shaun Mann 42.22, Kevin Howlett 42.57, Andy Wicklen 43.01, Audrius Jasiulaitis 44.31, Neil Watson 44.47, Mark Doughty 46.46, Kevin Smith 46.48, Jill Davies 49.36, Karen Smith 50.19, Simon Tarling 50.49, Keith Morris 51.04, Wendy Fisher 52.59, Martin Blackburn 53.28, Ian Barrett 54.18, Pauline Sparrow 54.54, Charlotte Smith 56.16, Sarah Partridge 57.56, Laura Allen 58.51 and Sue Smith 65.01.
Elsewhere, Eamonn McCusker flew the Hares banner solo at the St Ives 10K, where he clocked 46:24 for fifth place in the M60 category.
Many members followed up their exertions at Beachamwell for the club’s summer social event, which football and rounders tournaments.
Meanwhile, in Solihull, Ryston members Paul Harrison, Jane Ashby and Elizabeth Blakie were in the team representing the east in the annual Masters’ Inter Area Track and Field match.
As well as covering the events for which they had been selected, they also took on extra unfamiliar disciplines, which resulted, among other things, in a 200m personal best for Harrison and a baptism of fire for Ashby in the W60 100m.