AThLEtics: Only a trio of Ryston Runners members reported in from action over the weekend.

Nic Bensley won the long course race at the third Nelson Knee Knobbler in the series organised by DuneRunners at Sea Palling. 

The race distance was reputedly 10K but Nic has it recorded as just over seven miles, which took him 52:09 to complete. 

Also at the event  from the club were Mark and Sam Doughty.

Barry Smith tackled the Great Barrow Challenge Autumn Marathon, near Bury St Edmunds, completing the scenic but undulating course in 4:53:07, 12th out of 30 finishers. 

After his experience at Edinburgh earlier in the year, Barry was pleased just to finish this event, though he did have to walk a considerable part of the latter stages as he is still not totally over the knee injury that has hampered his running progress this year.

Possibly the lack of competition action by other club members means they are keeping their powder dry for the opening race in the 2018/19 Ryston Runners Cross Country Grand Prix Series, which takes place next Sunday, in Shouldham Warren. 

Races start at 11am; details available on the club website

This year’s series is sponsored by Kelly Scaffolding, Rise Scaffold Services Ltd, VPU Roofing and Scaffolding and Narford Scaffolding, to whom the club are grateful for the financial help which helps offset the cost of providing first aid cover and use of the  location for the races.

Also keeping off the roads Kevin Howlett  did the LDWA  Flower of Suffolk event, roughly marathon distance, in 4:33 and Pauline Sparrow and Sarah Partridge completed it in 6:44.  

Kevin reported it to have been “well organised, as usual, in lovely conditions.”