Ryston’s Wymondham runners. From left: Matt Hitchcock, Les Scott, Martin Ive, Graeme Leeson, Lesley Robins (with Belle), Anna Smith and Kevin Howlett.Picture: Wendy Farquhar.

ATHLETICS: Those Ryston Runners preparing for a spring marathon had the ideal opportunity to test themselves over 20 miles in race conditions at the Wymondham 20 on Sunday.

A dozen of them formed part of the 400-strong field and made their presence felt, both with category places and a couple of club road best times.

Richard Ebbs continued his dominant form in the M45 category, winning it and taking sixth place overall in the race in 2.03.39, despite having been told by his coach to use it as a pace building exercise. 

This did not bring him the satisfaction of another club road best time but was only three seconds adrift of the M50 time he will be able to target after his birthday later in the year. 

Les Scott, finished as second M60 and set a new CRB of 2.34.56 in his category, and Eamonn McCusker filled another space in his bid to claim a club best over every distance in the M65 age group with 2.57.02 for third place.

Martin Ive took second place in the M50 category with 2.22.49, an achievement matched by Lesley Robins in the W45 age group with 2.35.39. 

Will Honeybone was unlucky to finish just outside the honours in the M45 race, despite running a satisfying 2.19.32.

Senior man Kevin Farquhar continued his impressive progress over all distances, chalking up a sub 2.30 time (2.28.19). 

Graeme Leeson (M45), always more comfortable over the longer distances, ran 2.35.46, Matt Hitchcock (SM) 2.39.03, and Keith Morris (M55) 3.20.21. 

The other two Ryston women in the race were club secretary Penny Seeger (SW) who broke three hours (2.55.02) and Anna Smith (W40), who was 10 minutes behind her with a time of 3.05.04.

Five other club members opted to support Thorney Running Club’s 10K event. 

Kevin Howlett put his name on the podium with third place in the M60 category with a time of 45.39. 

Callum Stanforth was the first Ryston Runner home in a very sharp field, finishing seventh overall (fifth SM) in 34.34. 

Adam Matthews was ninth in the same category (15th overall) in 36.01. 

A welcome return to competition saw John Hopgood clock up a personal best time of 37.13 for 24th place, while Mark Crook bagged himself a top 10 spot in the M50 category, coming home 82nd overall in 45.06.

Further afield, Pauline Drewery found the streets of London relatively empty after Saturday’s People’s March and was able to participate unimpeded in the Second London Landmarks Half Marathon, completing the course in 1.55.