Mad Hare Handicap record-breaker Richard Ebbs with Lesley Robins, the first female finisher.Picture: TIM SMITH.

ATHLETICS: Richard Ebbs confirmed his prowess as a distance runner with a stack of records at Ryston Runners AC’s annual Mad Hare Handicap 15 miler on Sunday.

Runners were set off at intervals according to predicted running times, with the intention being that they would finish in close order with 33 completing the full 15 miles.

Just a week after bagging a top 10 place in the Peddars Way Ultra, Ebbs ran sub 1.30 to beat the course record by 34 seconds, finishing in 1.28.52.

Along the way, he smashed his own 5m, 10m, 10k and half times.

Lesley Robins clocked the fastest time by a woman but only by a second, crossing the finish line marginally ahead of Amy Chapman.

Ryston had two junior athletes representing their schools at Holbrook in the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships.

Charlie Wakefield finished 28th in the u17 men’s race with Rosie Booth 43rd in the u17 women’s category.

Five Ryston athletes took part in the Eastern AA Track & Field Indoor Championships at Lee Valley Indoor Centre.

David MacQueen had a fantastic day in the u13 boys section against tough and plentiful opposition in all three of his events.

He set a new 60m personal best time to win his heat and then matched that time of 8.56secs to come away with a bronze medal.

He also long jumped 4.30m, beating his previous best by 16cm, for fourth before coming fifth in the shot with 5.72m.

Also taking part were Robert MacQueen (u17 men 60m, 7.76) and Bea Honeybone (u15 girls shot, over 7.5m).

Gareth Hunt came away with two silver medals from the senior men’s high jump (1.70) and triple jump as well as leaping to a season’s best long jump distance of 5.79.

Thea Howlett (u17 women) opened her season with a 4.78m long jump and 44.9 secs 300m, missing out on the final by one place.

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