The start of the senior race at Ryston’s cross-country grand prix. Picture: Tony Payne.

Conditions for cross country running were almost perfect for the six Ryston Runners members who had been selected to represent Norfolk in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham. 

Charlie Wakefield was first Norfolk runner home in the u13 boys’ race, 20th out of 311 finishers. Bailey Took was third Norfolk scorer in 191st place.

Kate Willis was 74th in the 340-strong u13 girls’ field, with sister Meg 240th.

Annie Rooks finished 105th in the u17 girls’ race.

Pete Johnson (M60) took part in the Bath Half Marathon and finished in 83.54.

Eamonn McCusker, despite beating his time from the previous year by 2.5 minutes, could not retain his M60 category title in the Grantham Newton’s Fraction Half, finishing in 1.39.02, 99th out of 432.

Silverstone saw Darren Easter make an impressive half marathon debut, clocking 1.29.46 in 261st place of 7,500 participants. Richard Dickson’s 1.31.01 represented a personal best by four minutes and saw him finish 315th. Kevin Smith, after a long lay off from running, clocked 2.17.38 and Sophie Tarsey 2.24.53. Sue Smith finished in 2.43.51, in time to welcome home her daughter Sara and partner David Whitehouse, both crossing the line with 2.54.12 on the clock.

Road-racing closest to home were those at the Broadland Half Marathon at South Walsham. Jane Ashby won the W65 category in 1.56.37.

The British Masters’ Indoor Track & Field Championships took place at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in North London over the weekend and featured five Ryston Runners.

David Lane contested four events in the M50 category, coming fifth in his two horizontal jumps (long 4.53, triple 9.28) and sixth in his sprints (60m 8.96, 200m 30.28).

Dan Yellop in his first Masters’ indoor championships, was fifth in the M35 60m and clocked 54.26 in the 400m.

Gaye Clarke was fourth in the long jump with 3.87 and second in the high jump, 1.27.

A second place was also achieved by Cath Duhig in the W60 3000m racewalk.

Peter Duhig was fourth in both the M65 1500m and 800m, 2.54.09.

The final event in the 2015-16 Ryston XCGP series took place at Shouldham Warren. See results opposite.