ATHLETICS: It was largely a 10K weekend for Ryston Runners AC, with members taking part in events at several locations.
The reorganised Lincoln 10K featured the greatest number of participants. The original event was postponed due to snow but the re-run experienced conditions at the other extreme, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
Gavin Reynolds was the first Hare home and the only one to break 40 minutes, finishing 86th in 39.28.
Oliver Foxwell was next back, in 40.50, with his brother Ben a little further adrift than usual on this occasion as he nursed himself round with an ankle injury.
He finished 235th in 44.15, with Richard Watson just a place behind him in 44.19.
Ten seconds later the biggest smile of the day to cross the line was on the face of Matt Hitchcock, who smashed his personal by well over a minute, recording 44.29 for 277th place.
This was his second 10K in two days as he had competed at Holkham on Saturday and clocked 46.49, over acceptably tougher terrain.
Martin Heeley finished 10 seconds behind Hitchcock at Lincoln, clocking 44.39 for 286th place.
Tony Savage ran a cautious 47.03 for 476th place, relieved to find that the route did not include the anticipated Steep Hill climb to the finish.
Making her debut in a Ryston vest, Emma Wilding ran 61.18, finishing 1,904th and Ivan Nunn completed the Ryston contingent in 2,658th with 67.39.
The East Harling 10K was the destination of a further three club members, who found that at least 2.5 miles of this designated “road race” was actually over forest trails.
Lorena Latisaite got her hands on the trophy for third senior woman, running 42.48, while Jane Ashby took home the spoils from the W65 category with 54.14.
Jeff Reed (M70), returned to the roads cautiously after a few medical issues but broke the hour mark, clocking 59.57.
On Saturday, Ryston juniors and seniors took part in the Eastern AA Track and Field Championships in Peterborough, coming away with five gold medals, two club records, personal bests, and, for one athlete, a new championship best performance.
The latter was achieved by Lucy Oakley, who threw the shot 9.57m to take the u13 gold, also improving her own Ryston club record. She also ran 15.05secs in the 100m.
David MacQueen had a fantastic day in the u13B, coming away with one gold and two silver medals.
He leaped 4.74 in the long jump to take gold.
In the 100m he improved his own personal best and club record to take 100m silver with 12.85, becoming the first Ryston u13 athlete to dip under 13 seconds.
He also improved his 200m PB by 0.3 secs to 27.04.
The other gold medals came in the senior men’s age group.
Gareth Hunt took one in the high jump and long jump, where he equalled his season’s best with 5.88.
James O’Neill took gold in the 3,000m and silver in the 800m.
Mia Moore (u15G) took more than half a second off her 200m personal best time, with 28.45.
Robert MacQueen (u17M) was just off his PBs in the 100m (11.83) and 200m (23.99).
Archie Bell (u17M) threw more than 30 metres in the discus and nine metres in the shot.
Liam Clare (u15B) ran 13.83 in the 100m, which was very close to his personal best time.