Nearly a dozen Ryston Runners abandoned all ideas of romantic St Valentine’s Day lie-ins and took to the roads around Easton for the Valentines 10K race.
The chilly, hilly course tested the mettle of all participants, but still yielded a few personal best times and some trophies to take home.
In the spirit of the day, it was couple Matt and Lisa Pyatt who collected the “bling” for Ryston, with Matt, in his first road race for several weeks, second overall in 34.14, while Lisa clocked 45.48 to take the honours in the W 35 category.
Jane Ashby went home with the award for finishing second in the W60 category.
Second claim member Danny Rock recorded a PB of 34.47 to take fourth place overall.
Club secretary Richard Dickson notched up a PB time of 41.31 in 54th place overall, 11th M40, and Lorena Latisaite, despite being just outside the prize list in the SW category (4th/60th overall) improved her best time to 41.50.
Darren Easter (40.37) and Neil Stapleton (41.41) were 7th and 13th respectively in the M40 category.
Keith Morris clocked 50.37 to finish just inside the first 200 out of a field of 430.
Sarah Partridge (56.05/288th), Martin Blackburn (60.07/340th) and Sue Smith (69.56/412) completed the Ryston effort.
In the more clement environment of the Lee Valley Athletics Centre’s indoor stadium, Gaye Clarke took silver in the British Masters Athletics Federation’s W55 Pentathlon Championships.
Dan Yellop, in his first Masters Indoors Champs, took gold in the EVAC and South of England Masters championships in the 60m and 200m, clocking 7.53 and 24.33 seconds respectively.
At the other end of the spectrum, the vastly experienced Paul Oakes, in his first championships as a member of Ryston Runners AC, picked up gold in the M60 long jump (EVAC and SoE) with 4.33m and silver in both the shot putt (10.88) and 60m (9.37), the latter being his first outing in the event in eight years.
Young Ryston Runners Kate Willis and Charlie Wakefield have qualified for the English Schools Cross-country championships to be held at Woollaton Park, Nottinghamshire on March 5.
They are at the bottom end of their age groups, running against athletes a year older than them. Despite this, Willis (Wells) made the top eight Norfolk girls with a sixth and an eighth place result for Norfolk in the last two qualifying races.
Wakefield (Culford) managed to finish second for Suffolk schools in both his qualifying races. Both are looking forward to competing against the best in England.
Missing from last week’s round-up of the Ryston Runners Cross Country Grand Prix result was Stewart Robins’ second place in the M45 category.
Robins has made a fantastic recovery from back surgery last year and is rapidly getting back into form.