ATHLETICS: The weather failed to dampen the spirits of those members of the Ryston Masters’ teams at Milton Keynes for the EMAC T&F League final.
The women finished second and the men third with the club picking up second place in the combined teams competition.
Things got off to a slightly shaky start for the men as a few athletes struggled to find the track, meaning Matt Hitchcock, a complete rookie at the event, had to take over the M35 triple jump from Mac Tuncer, and Andrew Simmonds only arrived in time to take one quick hammer throw, in his track spikes, before heading off to his hurdles race.
But that proved typical of the mindset and approach that earned Ryston their honours, though, as they took the medals home despite recording only seven outright wins, courtesy of Dan Yellop M35 200m, Paul Oakes M60 javelin, Mac Tuncer M35 long jump, Paul Harrison M50 triple jump, Katie Tuncer W35 high jump, Marlene Simmonds W60 javelin and, the W35 relay team of Lyndsay Yellop, Hayley Hawes, Katie Tuncer and Gaye Clarke (W50).
David Lane and Martin Heeley, both unable to run due to injuries, competed in field events with Jamie Bransgrove also in action alongside regulars Chris Chapman, Tony Savage, Paul Firmage and Ian Hogarth, adding considerably to the men’s effort.
Martin Simmonds was even lured back on to the track to run the M60 200m.
The women’s team also had some outstanding displays with Gill Hart recording a season’s best 100m a week after running the Berlin Marathon.
Hayley Hawes competed strongly after completing a gruelling stage of the Round Norfolk Relay.
Gaye Clarke was described by the team manager as ‘a class act held together by Kinesio tape’ after her efforts in the previous week’s World Masters Championships in Malaga, while Sue Smith, put herself to the sword, running the W35 800m, despite knowing she would probably finish well after the rest of the younger field, but earning a valuable three points.
Liz Blakie and Linda Marshall added strength in depth to the women’s team with even team manager Helen Reed turning out on
The 10 Ryston athletes taking part in the Norfolk Coastal Marathon on Saturday enjoyed the best of the morning weather at the weekend.
Of the 125 who finished the event, organised by Positive Steps, Will Honeybone was the first of the Ryston contingent home, second overall in an impressive 3hrs 15mins 14secs for an off-road event.
He was also first M45 and third in the M50 category.
Martin Ive completed the course in 3.41.23, and Stewart Robins, also M50, was 22nd in 3.52.00.
Lesley Robins was first W45 and 25th overall, in 3.55.09, the same time as Graeme Leeson, who was credited with finishing one place ahead.
Finishing closely together, Julia Norman, in her first event of this nature, was 47th in 4.22.15, Andy Smith 48th in 4.22.17, and Juliette Meek 50th in 4.22.33.
Karen Smith was a few places behind, 55th in 4.28.03, and Damon Finney 59th, in 4.32.59.