ATHLETICS: The absence of official fixtures over the Christmas/New Year gap weekend did not stop about 50 members of Ryston Runners AC reporting to Shouldham Warren for some competition in the form of the annual Christmas Relays.

After a mass warm-up run, participants were divided into teams of three and then set the task of covering 12 laps of the club’s regular u9 cross-country course.

As an inflated balloon was used instead of a baton, with the rule being a team must be in possession of it at all times, there was room for much skulduggery and sabotage, which became the order of the day.

The fastest team on the day was probably that comprised of Adam Matthews, Caroline Wakefield, and Aylisha Cain.

However, the highlight for most was the sight of the club’s coach, former chairman and welfare officer, Martin Ive, being chased through the forest “Benny Hill style” by several junior runners, bent on seeing justice done in the light of him being the main perpetrator of the mischief and mayhem.

Despite the fun, this event also provided a much needed, top quality workout for those taking part, many of whom will have had their minds on the Ely 10K on New Year’s Eve.