A wild, windy weekend saw a couple of dozen Ryston Runners in competitive action.
On Saturday the Norfolk County Cross Country Championships at Norwich, saw two second team places won, along with one individual county title.
Charlie Wakefield won the U13B race, leading from the start, and finishing about half a minute ahead of clubmate Bailey Took. Unfortunately, there was no third Ryston athlete in this category or a team gold would have been pretty much guaranteed.
Wakefield has qualified for the Virgin mini London marathon, where he will compete with all the other county champions in the English road running championships.
Kate Willis led the u13G for most of the race until just pipped into silver position. Her sister Meg and Rosie Booth made up the Ryston team who took silver. Katie Moyle and Mia Moore gained some valuable experience in this race too.
Harry Wakefield was sixth in the u11B race. Erin Pattinson was the sole u11G sporting Ryston colours and was 13th.
Annie Rooks won the u17G title outright.
In the men’s race, Callum Stanforth was fourth senior overall. James O’Neill was seventh and John O’Neill 13th, resulting in silver team medals for Ryston.
Pete Johnson put the stamp on his reputation as one of the country’ best M60 competitors with a gold medal.
The main road race on Sunday was the Nene Valley 10 at Peterborough. Significantly windy conditions did not prevent some fine performances and the setting of personal bests.
Warren Armstrong finished 13th overall/second M40 in 58.01.
Next home was the in-form Nic Bensley with a PB 61.32, fourth M45 and 26th overall.
Others featuring in their age categories were Kevin Howlett (2nd M55), Paul Firmage (3rd M60) and Pauline Sparrow (3rd W60).