ATHLETICS: A club record was broken and there were lots of personal bests for Ryston Runners juniors who were part of the Team Norfolk team in the Eastern Young Athletics League Match in Peterborough on Sunday.
U17B Charlie Wakefield has been performing well all season and took four seconds off his 800m PB, running 2.01.7 to finish second and break a club record that had stood for more than 20 years.
He also ran a PB of 54.0 in the 400m, which was also good enough for second.
Harry Wakefield (u15B) outdid his brother in terms of improving his PB, taking a massive 11 seconds off his 800m (2.30.6).
David MacQueen (u13B) leaped to a long jump PB of 4.88, which took the win, as well as coming second in both the 100m (13.1) and 200m (27.7). His brother Robert (u17) sprinted to two third-place finishes in the 100m (12.0) and 200m (24.0), his 200m being his fastest hand-timed race.
Lucy Oakley (u13G) won the shot put with a throw of 9.08. She also tried the javelin for the first time and finished second with a throw of 20.48. To top it off, she took 1.3 seconds off her 200m PB, reducing it to 31.0.
Also taking a big amount of time (3.8) off his 200m time, Ryan Wood (u13) ran 30.1 to take victory.
Mia Moore (u15) and Joe McNulty ran new 300m PBs of 44.8 and 44.2.
Jay Liczbinski (u15) improved in the sprint hurdles to finish third (13.2) and threw the javelin 23.05.
Liam Clare (u15) was second in the B string hurdles and threw 17.08m in the javelin.
Jess Boxall (u17) ran 14.4 in the 100m as well as producing a 200m PB of 28.7.
Archie Bell set a discus PB with a throw 33.64, which won the B string. He also did well in the shot and javelin.
Saffron Teasdale (u17) high jumped 1.30, which was one height short of her PB.
λ Eamonn McCusker ran in the Huddersfield Marathon on Sunday, and possibly wishes he had not.
“It was the worst organised marathon that I have ever run and dangerously so,” he claimed. Self-styled as the UK’s toughest, it primarily consists of long steep climbs, long steep descents and, just occasionally, the odd flattish bit.
Having suffered from a cold/cough all week McCusker took things gently to clock 5.03.01 but noted there were no caution signs or mile markers and, on a two-lap course (shared with a half marathon), there were few marshals on the first lap, and on the second they had disappeared, leaving the runners to cross busy roads and to attempt to follow the course by tiny arrow signs.
As a result of this disorganisation, the lead group got lost and added four miles to their route.