ATHLETICS: Ryston Runners have been taking on the world.
In Perth, Australia, three club members have been in action at the World Masters Track and Field Championships.
Cath Duhig began her campaign in the racewalks, with a fifth place in the W60 5000m, finishing in her best time for several years (30.46).
With the same line up in the 10k, except for the silver medallist, a podium place was a possibility but would require her finding something special.
And she did, battling hard with a Colombian athlete who had finished fourth in the previous event, whittling down the lead and then passing her with about 1500m to go to bag the bronze medal in 61.52, another best time for several years.
Gaye Clarke, whose build-up has been affected by injury, battled hard in the W55 heptathlon, a highlight of her competition being winning the high jump.
However, her combined points total of 4,563 saw her frustratingly edged out of the medals in fourth place.
Peter Duhig’s main event is not until this Sunday but he began his build up with a run out in the M65 800m heats. With 13 to go through to the final round, qualification was always going to be tough, and he missed out by four places, recording the 16th fastest time over the heats.
In Germany, Audrius Jasiulaitis clocked a time of 3.53.38 in the Frankfurt an Main marathon
Much nearer to home, Graeme Leeson tackled a challenging Norfolk Coast Marathon.
The route was seven miles out of Happisburgh, then trails and sand dunes for the rest of the course, which finished at Great Yarmouth Stadium. He finished in 3.56.59.
A team of Ryston Runners enjoyed 13 individual personal bests along with a haul of medals at the Fenland 10 mile road running race.
Twenty nine members joined a field of 341 finishers and of particular note were Lorena Latisaite, Jan Manning and Pauline Sparrow who collected the first senior woman, women’s veteran 35 and 65 awards respectively. Pete Johnson took the first male veteran 60 prize.
Eastern Master’s Athletic Club gold awards went to Nic Bensley, Jan Manning, Malcolm Tuff and Linda Marshall with Carl Manning taking bronze.