ATHLETICS: A beautiful spring Sunday made for excellent running conditions for members of Ryston Runners AC competing in the final race of the club’s 2016/17 Cross Country GP series and those testing themselves on the roads.
Home club honours went to outright winner Chris Balmer in the senior men and Nic Bensley, consolidating his domination of the M45 age group.
Minor placings went to Robert Simmonds (3SM), Lorena Latisaite (2SW), Lesley Robins (2W45), Malcolm Tuff (2M50), Linda Marshall (2W50), Tony Savage (2M55), Carl Manning (3M55) and Gill Hart (2W55).
Bailey Took and Rosie Booth took third places in the u15 boys’ and girls’ races respectively.
Other Ryston results on the day: u9B 8 Thomas Simmonds, 11 Sam Doughty; u11B 11 Malakai Took; u11G 8 Ella Matthews, 13 Riley Bell, 19 Louie Copeland; u15B 7 Kyle Berry; u15G 6 Nina Koulman; SM 4 Andrew Simmonds; W35 4 Emma Thompson; W40 8 Claire Emery; M45 4 Stewart Robins, 11 Alex Killick; M50 6 Jeremy Navrady, 10 Andy Smith; M55 4 Kevin Howlett, 5 Martin Blackburn, 7 Chrstopher Milnes; M60 7 Peter Duhig, 11 Mick Ennis.
In the series overall – three best races to count, in the case of seniors and masters over three distances – there were wins for Robert Simmonds (SM), Nic Bensley (M45), Tony Savage (M55) and Liz Blakie (W55).
Malcolm Tuff (M50), Lorena Latisaite (SW), Karen Smith (W45) and Geraldine Jordan (W50) took second places in their categories with Dan Guppy (SM), Mel Reed (SW) and Linda Marshall (W50) ended with third places.
The undulating course of the Wymondham 20 was undertaken by three club members, with the London Marathon on the horizon.
Jeff Reed broke three hours with a six-second personal best time of 2.59.54 in 158th place out of 284 finishers, and was the first man over 70.
Jane Ashby clocked a four-minute PB of 3.09.47 for 187th place. Sarah Partridge completed the Ryston trio, finishing 244th in 3.33.21 (3W60).
The wind is always a factor at races in Thorney and the 10K was no exception, with Ryston trio Adam Matthews, John Hopgood and Helen Sewell, pitting themselves against the elements.
Matthews was fifth overall in 35.24 and Hopgood, in his first 10K as a Ryston Runner, clocked a 53-second PB, finishing 18th in 38.18.
Sewell was pleased to run some five minutes faster than last year, finishing 217th in 63.18.