ATHLETICS: There were mixed fortunes for Ryston Runners in this year’s London marathon.
Robert Simmonds was the only one to dip under the three-hour mark, clocking 2.52.29, just outside the first thousand finishers.
Simon Able and Will Honeybone finished within a couple of minutes of each other, Able in 3.07.56 and Will achieving a personal best 3.09.56.
Martin Ive, who has completed more than a dozen London Marathons, did this one in 3.18.22. Lesley Robins was first Ryston woman home in 3.26.38, and Heather Beattie next in 3.33.38.
Eamonn McCusker was 75th M60 in 3.37.18, not far ahead of Pauline Drewery, who ran 3.38.35. Best category placing went to Jane Ashby, who was 17th W65 with 4.19.17. Sarah Partridge clocked 4.33.02.
Andy Harrod achieved his ambition of finishing the London event, in 5.31.09.
Luck and road ran out for Malcolm Tuff, Che Plant, Maureen Wolfe and Keith Morris, who encountered illness or injury problems en route.
Also in London, Charlie Wakefield, 13, was having the experience of a lifetime as he had qualified for and competed in mini marathon events. Despite having hurt his knee cycling over Easter and not being able to train, he won lots of Adidas running gear and managed to get round in a respectable 17.42, which is 5.54 miling.
In Ryston’s first East Anglian League match at Norwich on Sunday, Liam Clare won his first u13B hurdles race and Kit Howlett achieved new PBs in shot and javelin.
Lily Teasdale bagged a pair of PBs in the u13G 100m and hurdles. Kate Willis won the u15G 800m and Thea Howlett threw a shot PB.
David MacQueen won his u11B 80m race.
Holly Chen notched PBs in the SW 100m and triple jump, while Gabrielle Clare jumped eight metres-plus for the first time in the triple jump. Gareth Hunt ran a SM 800m PB and won the high jump. Callum Stanforth won the 1500m.