Nic Bensley receives his prizes at the Exmoor Endurance Race

ATHLETICS: “Hot and hilly” was the description most used by Ryston Runners to describe their experience of the City of Norwich Half Marathon on Sunday. 

There were no heroics in terms of personal best times but still some honours came back to the Downham club, courtesy of Matt Pyatt, Jane Ashby, and Sarah Partridge.

Ashby (1.58.58) not only won the W65 category, but her time was faster than any of the women in the W60 category, a further indication.

That proved, if any was needed, of the quality of performance this lady is consistently putting in this year as she heads towards the London Marathon.

Unsurprisingly, she has earned a “good for age”

Partridge (2.04.19) was second W60 and Pyatt (1.15.26) third senior man (fourth overall).

Both he and Ashby are at the top end of their current age groups so there can only be better to come.

Stewart Robins was just outside the honours in the M45 category, fourth, in 76th place overall in 1.32.19.

Paul Carter ran 1.46.45 for 333rd place and Pete Reed was 418th in 1.50.27, closely followed by Lisa Pyatt, 421st, 1.50.31.

Martin Heeley’s first half marathon proved something of a baptism of fire as he struggled with conditions in the latter part of the race, finishing just inside the top 500, 495th, in 1.53.18.

Helen Melville (1,094th/ 2.10.25) and Ivan Nunn (1,750th/ 2.35.33) completed the Ryston contingent.

On the previous day in the Exmoor Endurance Race over 10K, Nic Bensley finished second overall, first M45, to repeat last year’s momentous achievement of being the recipient of a pair of Specialised running pants for his efforts.

Liz Blakie and her daughter Becky completed the Rough Runner Hampshire 2017 event, near Petersfield, and declared it a great way to spend a beautiful sunny day.