Richard Dickson and Nic Bensley at the Nelson Knee Knobbler.

Prolific athlete Thea Howlett’s efforts have paid off with a call up for Norfolk in the Eastern Combined Event Championships at Chelmsford on June 28.

The Ryston Runners AC member will be in action in the hurdles, shot, high jump, long jump and 800m.

She got in plenty of practice in the Eastern Young Athletics League, where a small team of Ryston juniors joined other local athletes at Cambridge.

She grabbed new personal bests in the shot (6.77m) and long jump (4.35m).

She also ran the 300m in 45sec and competed in the girls’ relay

Mia Moore clocked an 800m PB by four seconds in 2.50.8, while Anna Wood’s 2.55.6 was also a PB. The pair also jumped new PB long jump distances.

Sisters Meg and Kate Willis joined them in achieving new PBs in this discipline.

Meg also ran a best in the 100m (15.9).

Mackenzie Pilkington continued his successful season in the long jump with 4.83m.

Alex Williams took two second places in the u13 boys 100m and 200m.

Howlett had also been in action a day earlier at the Anglian Schools Athletics Championships, competing for Norfolk against Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire and finished third in the 800m in a PB 2.23.1.

  •  At the Moulton five-mile racewalk, Liz Blakie was 31st overall (seventh woman) in 54.27. Paul Firmage was 43rd in 57.39 and Sue Smith finished 60th place in 66.33.
  •  The Norfolk County Championship, at UEA Sportspark saw David Lane retain his senior triple jump title with a PB of 9.86, having already recorded one in the fourth round.

James O’Neill added the 5,000m to his title tally, running the 12.5 laps in 16.37.1.

Stuart Chisholm took the senior men’s pole vault with 3.20 and Ed Boormann sewed up the u20 competition with a four-metre vault.

Boorman also improved his own club record by vaulting 4.40 to take the bronze medal at the Southern Counties Championships.

  •  On the roads, Danny Rock made it into the top 10 in a high quality field at the Southend Half Marathon, with a PB 79.34.

At the Diss 10K, Phil Twite recorded a 10 second PB of 39.20. It wasn’t such a successful day for Will Honeybone, who was disappointed with his 40.54.

  •  Nic Bensley notched up a pleasing victory in a more unusual event, winning the Horsey Dune Run, the Nelson Knee Knobbler, over a testing sandy and hilly 10K course, in 42.17.

Richard Dickson was ninth in 50.20.

  •  Several Ryston juniors took part in the Downham Games, including Bea Honeybone and David MacQueen.

They both finished second in their competition categories.

For Honeybone the second place finish was almost as thrilling as meeting and having her photo taken with football stars Josh and Jacob Murphy.

Elsewhere, Ben Smith won his age group and David Lane (50) was runner-up in the men’s  40-plus athletics competition.