ATHLETICS: More success came to members of Ryston Runners AC on the second week of the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Perth, Australia.
It means a remarkable achievement for the relatively small, rural athletics club on the world stage with the three athletes bringing home five medals between them.
Cath Duhig repeated her finishing position of the first week’s 10k race walk in the W60 20k event.
A gritty effort saw her battle through a foot problem in the first half of the race to fight back and overhaul all bar two of her age group competitors to bag another bronze medal in a time of 2.10.10, her best time for several years.
Gaye Clarke shared the bronze podium in the W55 high jump with 1.36m and took an unexpected bronze as a member of the Great Britain W35 4x100m relay squad on the final day.
Peter Duhig, after being rather disappointed to finish just ninth in the M65 2000m steeplechase on the final morning, received a late opportunity to bag a medal when he was upgraded from reserve to runner in the GB M65 4x400m relay. Running second, he stormed round the track at the HBF Stadium to consolidate the team’s third place position and enable the leg three and four runners to improve and hold on for silver medals.
The Ryston Road Race of the Month for November attracted only three members but they made their attendance count.
The Bure Valley 10-miler saw Callum Stanforth finish second overall in 56.33, with Matt Allen third in 58.51 (1st M40).
Carl Manning was second M55, achieving his second club gold standard time in the space of 10 days.
The Bonfire Burn 10k was supported by four members.
Forecast for torrential rain and gale force winds, the weather didn’t disappoint with sunshine throughout although fresh and breezy but the rain held off until the race finished.
First home for Ryston in sixth place (3rd in age category) was Adam Howard in 36.15 a personal best by 50 seconds.
Neil Stapleton was the second Ryston runner in 31st place with a time of 39.40, followed by Darren Easter, 40.02, and Graeme Leeson, 43.36.
Former Ryston chairman Andy Smith spent just under six hours out in the Kings Forest on Saturday, taking part in the Positive Steps King’s Forest 50k trail running event.
Ryston Runners sent eight youngsters to compete against more than 220 juniors from across the county in the largest ever Norfolk Sportshall League meeting.
In the u11s, David MacQueen maintained his dominance in the jumps, winning the standing long jump (1.88m) and vertical jump (49cm – 10cm higher than the other competitors).
He also finished second in the two-lap sprint.
Combining with George Evans, MacQueen finished second in the paarlauf relay.
Malakai Took’s highest finish came in the speedbounce where the finished fifth, two places ahead of Evans.
In the u13 boys, Max Pike’s first outing for Ryston, and his first individual event, saw him win his race, fifth fastest out of 15 in the two-lap event.
He combined with Liam Clare to take third in the paarlauf relay.
Clare’s highest finish was in the standing long jump with a leap of 1.93m.
William Evans threw well in the shot to finish seventh (5.25m).
The sole female Ryston athlete was Lily-May Collison. The u13 girls was one of age groups with the highest turnout but she performed well in the standing long jump to finish 12th with a jump of 1.70m.
In the u15 boys event, Bailey Took finished 13th overall as an individual, with his highest finish coming in the speed bounce, completing 68 bounces in 30 seconds.