ATHLETICS: A mixed bag of events and activities over the weekend proved the versatility and all-encompassing nature of Ryston Runners AC.
“I Got My Thrills in the Tullaroan Hills” was the slogan on the T-shirt for the Tullaroan Marathon, which saw Eamonn McCusker (M60) in the Kilkenny village of Tullaroan, lining up for the start of the marathon.
Conditions were kind; cool, damp, and little wind. However, the course was anything but, with hills, hills, and more hills, despite the race director denying there were any.
With a 1.57 first half, he knew that his target sub-4.00 was out of the question but the second half was ‘a nightmare’, resulting in a final time of 4.47.52 to finish 33rd out of 44.
Barry Smith (M50) took part in the Great Barrow Challenge 5k and 10k races on Sunday, based near Bury St Edmunds at the Suffolk Runners Centre.
He did two events, finishing third out of 16 in 22.05 in the 5K and ninth out of 20 in 48.05 in the 10K in what he described as energy-sapping heat.
In preparation for the Holkham Outlaw Triathlon on July 7, Ryston Runners Mark Rollings and Jeremy Navrady warmed up with a debut for both on the Olympic triathlon distance at the Tallington Triathlon.
In a field of 100 competitors, they enjoyed excellent weather for the 1500m lake swim, 48km cycle ride and 10km run along the lakeside.
Rollings was the first of the pair home in 2.58.33, for 39th place, while Navrady followed in 56th place in 3.07.29.
They were in close proximity up to the run section but Rollings’ superior form paid off with a fast finish.
A more orthodox sort of competition saw Adam Howard testing out how injured he really is by running in the Mike Groves 10K in Coltishall and finishing 27th overall/11th senior man, in 44.04.
Race walking events also saw some Ryston competitors lining up, with Paul Firmage making his annual pilgrimage to Moulton for the five-miler, while Cath Duhig, competing in the colours of Millennium Torrevieja in the Murcian autonómica (regional championships) in Lorca, Spain, won the women’s 5,000m walk in 31.04.17, having been on target for sub 31 until the judges appeared to take a dislike to her technique and she had to slow to avoid disqualification.
Eleven Ryston Runners juniors were in action at the third round of the Eastern Young Athletes League in Cambridge.
Despite the warm conditions, there were some pleasing performances and results.
Competing in the u13G age group were Freya Knight and Clarice Cavill. Both ran strong 100m races finishing in 15.1 and 15.2 respectively, earning personal best times. Knight also achieved a PB of 1.20m in the high jump and both performed well in the long jump.
Dylan Whitehouse, Oakley Tooke and Ackara Black competed well in the u13B. Tooke managed two PBs out of three events – the 75m hurdles, 15.6s, and long jump, 3.59.
Whitehouse and Black worked hard in a warm 1500m race with Black finishing in 5.57 and Whitehouse coming away with a PB of 6.14.4.
Five U15Bs competed, putting in strong performances in their races and field events.
In the 100m, Liam Clare finished in 12.4, David MacQueen in 12.6 (PB) and Ryan Wood 14.3 (PB).
Clare also ran consistently strong times in the 80m hurdles and 200m, in which he finished second in the B string.
Jay Liczbinski won his 80m hurdles race in 12.6 and also put up good competition in the high jump and discus.
MacQueen continued jumping to a high standard, landing a best jump of the day of 5.02, a competition in which Wood performed well too.
Miles Hovell was in action in the field throwing a javelin PB of 22.04m. He continued to throw well in the shot put and discus.
The sole u17 athlete was Mia Moore, who ran in the 300m (46.5) and put in a strong 200m.