Ben Collison in action in London

ATHLETICS: West Norfolk AC runner Ben Collison has been following the footsteps of Olympians in London.

Collison was in Victoria Park Hackney for the 50th Running of the Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC five-mile road race and completed it in 29.48 for a top 25 finish.

First held in 1966, the race has been won by three British Olympians – Tony Simmons in 1970 and Eamonn Martin and Rob Denmark, who won the race three times in the 80s and 90s.

λ A varied weekend of road running for Ryston Runners saw several members achieve personal best times.

Fifteen members were in the mix for the Manchester Marathon with Matthew Allen taking the honours in 2.49.53.

Simon Able clocked 3.00.47 and Will Honeybone claimed a seven-minute PB of 3.02.47.

Shaun Mann went a minute better with an eight-minute improvement on his previous best, clocking 3.12.01.

Mel Reed’s 3.32.57 was a six-minute PB, a similar improvement to that recorded by Julia Norman who ran 3.45.06. Juliette Meek broke four hours for the first time with 3.59.34.

However, Mark Doughty knocked all these into touch with a phenomenal 25-minute improvement to 3.33.31.

Others taking part were Warren Armstrong (3.16.55), Ian Milburn (3.21.32), Terry Leake (3.24.48), Amy Chapman (3.28.08), Eamonn McCusker (3.42.38) and Jeremy Navrady (3.49.10).

Eight Ryston Runners went to Lincoln and first Ryston across the line was Matt Pyatt, in 12th place, with a PB of 32.58.

Jane Ashby. Now in the last year of the W65 age group, ran 50.09, a PB by 45 seconds. This run gave Jane a 91 per cent age grading and confirms her as one of the country’s top female master runners.

PBs were also recorded by Darren Easter (4th M45) 37.20 and Paul Carter (45.02). Martin Heeley’s time was almost a minute’s improvement on his result in the Coltishall Jaguars’ 10K a week before.

Lisa Pyatt (44.54), John Bowen (46.30) and Martin Blackburn (48.26) completed the Ryston contingent in the field of almost 5,000 finishers.

Another five Ryston Runners, competed at Bungay, Three opted for 10K while the other two ran the half marathon. Dan Pratt was first Hare across the line, claiming the honours in the M40 category in 40.30.

Adam Howard clocked 41.39 and Lorena Latisaite 42 mins.

Pete Johnson won the M60 half marathon and Liz Blakie also completed the distance.