James O’Neill on his way to overall second place.Pictures: TIM SMITH.

ATHLETICS: As well as seven members acting as pacers, giving up their own race chance to help others achieve their targets in the Grand East Anglia Run on Sunday, about 60 Ryston Runners were competing. 

The club had already hosted several weeks of Get into GEAR training sessions ahead of the 10K race through the streets of King’s Lynn and offered more help with Robert Simmonds, Dan Pratt, Anna Smith, Juliette Meek, Mark Doughty, Warren Armstrong and Graeme Leeson setting the pace for others. 

James O’Neill (M35) ran a blinder to finish second overall (first senior man), completing the course in 33.32. 

Dickie Ebbs (M45 11th overall)) took third place in the M40 category with a personal best time of 34.52 after a cracking battle to the line with Adam Matthews (9th/6SM/34.42) and Ben Keeley (10th/7SM/34.43PB). 

As Callum Stanforth had already finished seventh (5SM) in 34.03, Ryston would have dominated the race for the men’s team award. 

Nic Bensley edged another in-club battle against Jon Ashford, as they finished 16th and 18th, (5 and 6 M40) in 35.44 and 35.45 respectively.

John Hopgood also made the top 20 with a one-minute PB in 35.53.

Pauline Sparrow (W65) dominated the W60s, winning with 50.35, Pete Johnson (M65) took second place in the M60 age group with 41.23 and Helen Sewell was third W70 in 70.25. 

Lesley Robins, 45+, was fourth in the W40 age group in 42.25, just a week after posting a PB in the London Marathon. 

Wendy Fisher (W50) broke 50 minutes for the first time, 49.50, while a 39.57 time from 16 year old Owen Burge improved his previous best by almost six minutes.

Dawn Robinson (45.39) and Wendy Farquhar (W50/68.04) improved their PBs by more than 15 minutes each.

Other Ryston times: Dominic Hughes 37.21, Gavin Reynolds 37.46, Oliver Foxwell 38.21, Will Honeybone 39.47, Kevin Farquhar 40.36, Malcolm Tuff 40.49, Ian Milburn 41.01, Digby Frammingham 41.26, Tony Savage 42.15, Mark Fountain 42.33, Ben Foxwell 42.7, Mark Rollings 42.42, Bailey Took 42.24, Rosie Booth 43.09, Shaun Hamer 43.10, Barry Smith 43.28, Mark Crook 43.56, Tristan Langley 45.15, Matthew Bocking 44.46, Hayley Hawes 45.39, Jake Whitehouse 46.38, Jacky Walsingham 46.50, Stewart Robins 46.41, Linda Marshall 47.57, Stuart Durham 48.49, Frances Rayner 49.46, Andrew McNamara 50.06, Jacqui Scott 52.02, Christopher Milnes 53.03, Amanda Follen 53.38, Nina Koulman 54.31, Martin Blackburn 54.59, Katie Moyle 55.12, Keith Morris 55.03, Judith Berry 54.45, Paul Carter 57.46, Emma Wilding 58.05, Charlotte Smith 58.34, Charlie Wilson 60.06, Jeff Reed 60.36, Ivan Nunn 61.16, Jamie Bransgrove 61.29, Martin Elsegood 67.55, Jade Cooper 68.02, Helen Reed 69.41, Shelly Brown 71.24, Georgina Ward 72.17, Mick Ennis 74.00, David Lane 74.22, Gill Hart 74.22 and Sue Smith 79.20.