Gareth Hunt set a fine manager’s example for Ryston Runners, taking on a personal decathlon of events to help his team to their third consecutive match win in the Southern Athletics League at Watford.

Ryston won the match with 321 points. James O’Neill finished first in the 5k with a time of 16.07.8, having previously come second in the 800m in 2.01.3. Andrew Simmonds won the 400m hurdles and Robert Simmonds the javelin and Danny Rock was second in the 1500m in 2.14.2.

Mel Reed, Lorena Latisaite and Penny Seegar took first and second places across the 800m, 1500m and 3000m with Latisaite recording five personal bests.

The East Anglian League fixture in Ipswich on Sunday saw Ryston’s juniors excel  with many PBs. In the u11B category, Kit Howlett lowered his 600m time to 1.48.9 with a win and a new county record by almost two seconds. Two further PBs came in the 80m (another county record, 11.4) and long jump.

Bea Honeybone achieved a hat-trick of first places in the u11G 80m, shot (both PBs) and long jump. Liam Clare (u11B) gained second places in the long jump and 80m.

Road action came from Pete Johnson, Ian Milburn and Danny Rock.

Johnson  clocked 18.52 for 5K in the British Masters Championships at Horwich, missing out on the bronze medal in the M60 category by 11 seconds.

Rock finished fifth in the Mike Groves 10 mile race at Coltishall  in 59.51, his first sub 60.

Milburn’s 63.36 saw him cross the line in eighth position.

Ryston was represented by five members at the Wroxham 5K road race. The event incorporated the county championships and Callum Stanforth ran a new PB of 16.24, finishing eighth of 380 finishers.

Gareth Hunt, in his first road race, ran 18.56 for 77th place. Richard Watson’s time of 19.01 for 80th place was a new PB by about 50 seconds.

Phil Twite was 99th in 19.25, while Barry Smith, returning from injury, was 228th in 23.10.