Runners take to the forest tracks at Shouldham.

ATHLETICS: A busy and varied weekend saw athletics action from members of Ryston Runners AC in each of the disciplines encompassed by the sport.

The fifth race in the Cross Country Grand Prix Series featured the “long” course in Shouldham Warren over 9K for senior athletes.

Nic Bensley won the M45 category in a personal best time with Karen Wood repeating that feat on her way to second placed 50.

Category honours also went to Chris Balmer (1st Senior man), Marcus Hawkins (1st M40), Martin Ive (3rd M45), Tony Savage (2nd M50), Kevin Howlett and Martin Blackburn (1st & 3rd M55), Marie French and Heather Beattie ( 1st & 2nd SW), Emma Thompson (3rd W35), Karen Smith and Helen Reed (1st & 3rd W45) and Maureen Wolfe and Liz Blakie, who cleaned up first and second W55 spots.

A similar 1-3 was achieved by Annie Rooks and Aylisha Cain in the u17 girls’ race, while Mia Moore and Bailey Took gained third places in u11G and u13B respectively.

* On the roads, a small contingent flew the Ryston flag at the Valentine 10K.

Matt Pyatt, whose clearance to rejoin Ryston is due on March 1, recorded 33.21 for sixth place and Pete Johnson’s 39.44 saw him get silver in the county M60. Martin Sheldrick’s 39.22 brought fourth place in the M45 age group for county bronze. λ Taking the track option were Malcolm Tuff and Peter Duhig, competing in the 800m and 1,500m, M50 and M65 categories respectively, at Lee Valley Stadium in a multi-club fixture that incorporated the Southern and Eastern Veterans’ Championships.

Tuff bagged second places overall and Gold EVAC medals. Duhig took Tuff’s scalp in the 1,500m by a mere 0.22 seconds.Duhig was sixth in the 800m and second in the 1,500m, taking gold EVAC medals in both.

* Picture: Tim Smith