Chris Balmer on his way to third place overall.Pictures: TIM CHAPMAN.

ATHLETICS: The main road race in terms of numbers over the weekend was a new one on the local race calendar.

The Medals for All Sublime Downham 10K saw 327 finishers with Ryston Runners gaining 22 medals.

Medals for All managing director Justin Kinsey and his fiancée Mel Watts were back in running action after taking a break, leading to clubmates hoping they will soon return to the Ryston fold.

Matt Allen was second overall and took victory in the M40 category in 34.58, with clubmate Chris Balmer third in 35.23 to win the M35 category. 

Pete Johnson won the M60 age group, in 33rd place overall with 43.44. 

Ryston women took three age group wins too with Lesley Robins first W45 (47th/ 45.57), Hayley Hawes first W40 (60th/47.34), and Georgina Allen first W60 (177th /57.03). 

Bagging second places in their categories were Neil Stapleton (M45/16th/40.17) and Anna Smith (W35/63rd/47.46).

Gill Hart was third in the W65 group (199th/59.50). 

Just outside age group honours were Tony Savage (fourth M55/ 39th/44.24), Helen Melville (fourth W40/159th/55.35), Kevin Howlett (fifth M60/ 65th/47.50) and Wendy Fisher (fifth W50/142nd/54.36).

Ryston cleaned up in the team competition, taking the honours in both the men’s (Allen, Balmer, Reynolds) and women’s (Robins, Hawes, Smith) competitions.

Other Ryston finishers were:

14th Gavin Reynolds (SM) 40:01; 56th Barry Smith (M50) 46:54; 59th Sam Yare (SM) 47:39; 83rd Kevin Farquhar (M35) 49:35; 131st Emma Thompson (W40) 53:26; 288th Wendy Farquhar (W55) 70:09; 290th Jon Benstead (M50) 70:29; 294th Shelley Brown (W35) 72:29; 305th Jo Vertigan (W40) 74:32; 322 David Lane (M50, walking) 83:47.