Ryston’s Nelson Knee Knobblers. From left: Graeme Leeson, Neil Stapleton, Nic Bensley and Richard Dickson. Picture: SUBMITTED.

By Cath Duhig

ATHLETICS: Ryston’s intrepid explorer Eamonn McCusker ventured across the Suffolk border where he finished 81st out of 225 finishers in the Bungay 10K in 48.41.

Listed as being first M65, he was astonished when someone else was called to the podium to receive the trophy.

There was some compensation for him though a few days later, when it was confirmed that the 48.22 he ran at Grantham was a new club M65 10K best and that he had also run a club age group best for five miles (40.29) in the Hancock Handicap event in Downham.

Nic Bensley finished third overall on the long course (11K) of the Nelson Knee Knobbler at Winterton.

He covered the sandy route in 49.30 with Neil Stapleton next back for Ryston in sixth place, 52.10.

Graeme Leeson was 17th in 57.06 and completing the Ryston contingent was club chairman Richard Dickson, feeling his way cautiously back into competition after a long injury lay-off, who finished 27th in 60.38.

Several Ryston athletes travelled to Great Yarmouth for the latest East Anglian League Match, producing personal best efforts, wins and impressive performances in hot windy conditions. 

Liam Clare (u15 boys) came away with two personal bests – 13.7 in the 100m and 20.81m in the javelin. He also long jumped 4.17. Joining him in the javelin was Jay Liczbinski, who finished fourth, 21.48, but his best performance came in the hurdles where he finished strongly to win, 13.7. 

Kieran Bell joined Clare in setting a 100m PB, running 13.8, as well as clearing 4.25 in the long jump.

Gareth Hunt won the senior men’s triple jump and high jump with season’s best performances of 12.04 and 1.75. 

Lucy Oakley (u13 girls) won both the shot and javelin with 9.22 and 20.01 and was also just off her 200m PB with 31.2. 

David MacQueen (u13B) won the long jump, 4.70, as well as achieving two second-place finishes in the 100m (13.3) and 200m (27.7).

The u11s had a cracking day. Clarice Cavill won her 80m race, 12.7. Marcus Wood and Beau Loram took the boys first and second places in the shot with 4.47 and 4.41. Theo Loram sprinted well in the 80m, 13.7.

Ryan Wood (u13B) ran a hurdles PB of 14.9 to finish second. He also finished second in the B-string long jump. 

Matilda Loram (u13G) ran 100m and 200m PBs of 15.7 and 33.5. 

Mia Moore (u15G), jumping into a headwind, leaped to a long jump PB of 4.05 and also ran an impressive 200m and 300m double, finishing fourth and second (28.9 and 45.2). 

Jess Boxall (u17G) was third and second in her 200m and 300m races (28.9 and 44.8). 

Bea Honeybone (u15G) was third in the javelin, 22.04. 

Robert MacQueen (u17M) had two thirds in the 100m and 200m (12.0 and 24.5). 

Riley Bell (u13B) was just short of his 800m and long jump PBs with 2.55 and 3.47. Steven Quercia-Smale (senior men) ran the 800m and 400m in 2.12.3 and 59.8 respectively. 

Mai Loram (u17W) ran 5.45.9 in the 1500m and long jumped 3.96.

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