Lesley Robins was the first woman to finish the Mad Hare 15. Pictures: TIM SMITH.

ATHLETICS: Ryston Runners’ annual Mad Hare 15 at Beachamwell gave club members and invited guests the chance to test themselves over a rarely-raced distance in their preparation for spring marathons.

It was the first fixture in the club’s new Running Challenge for 2019.

Richard Ebbs scored a second consecutive victory, knocking an impressive two minutes off his own record for the course. 

Warren Armstrong came second in 1.37.44 with Oliver Foxwell third (1.41.16).

Other Ryston men’s times were: 4 Ben Foxwell 1.43.39, 5 Steve Harris, 1.44.37, 6 Michael Howlett, 1.46.47, 7 Stewart Robins, 1.47.29, 8 Les Scott 1.52.40, 9 Graeme Leeson, 1.55.44, 10 Bailey Took, 1.55.54, 11 Darren Smith, 1.56.53, 12 Paul Carter, 1.57.54, 13 Kevin Howlett, 1.58.28, 14 Matt Hitchcock, 1.58.46, 15 Kevin Took, 1.59.10, 16 Jamie Bransgrove 1.59.12, 17 Sean Hamer 2.02.17, 18 Ian Todd, 2.16.44 and 19 Charles Wilson 3.17.21.

First of the Ryston women was the evergreen Lesley Robins in 1.56.29, ahead of Anna Smith, 2.02.24, and Penny Seeger, 2.05.50, with Judith Berry fourth in 2.31.00.

The next race in the Challenge is the Ryston Cross Country in March.

λ Paul Harrison came away from the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Centre with two gold medals and the titles of Southern Counties and Eastern Masters champion in the M50 triple jump, clearing, for him, a modest 10.96m.

λ Five Ryston members took part in the Norfolk Gazelles’ Valentine’s 10K at Easton, which included the Norfolk County Championships.

All returned decent times and results on the challenging course.

Out of almost 600 finishers, Nic Bensley finished 18th overall, third of 52 M45 runners in 37.07 to win a county bronze medal.

Neil Stapleton was 46th (ninth M45) 39.29, while Pete Johnson won a county silver medal after finishing second of 12 M60 runners, 80th overall in 42.17.

Eamonn McCusker was 242nd and sixth of 10 M65 runners in 49.14 and Keith Morris, M55, finished 317th in 52.50.

λ Martin Elsegood completed the Marriott’s Way Half Marathon, organised by Positive Steps, his first event since joining Ryston.