ATHLETICS: Distance was no object for Ryston Runners as club members enjoyed a fine weekend.
In the Yorkshire Marathon, Richard Ebbs, was competing for England Masters against Celtic Nations and notched a personal best by 11 seconds of 2.41.38 to finish ninth in the M45 age group and 53rd overall.
A little under half an hour later, Kevin Farquhar knocked his PB right out of the park, clocking 3.14.13 to make the top 20 in the M35 age group.
In the accompanying 10-mile event, Wendy Farquhar dipped under two hours for the first time with a five-minute PB of 1.57.43.
Four Ryston Runners took on the cobbles and cows that characterised the route of the Bruges Marathon, with the same number covering the half marathon distance. Lesley Robins was first home for the club in 3.31. Sarah Taylor covered the distance in four hours, with Karen Smith, in 4.20, separating her from her daughter, Ellen, who ran 4.45.
Malcolm Tuff headed home the Hares over the half marathon distance, finishing in 1.33. Kevin Taylor ran 1.51, Emma Thompson 1.58, and Charlotte Smith 2.08.
In Amsterdam, Jonny Lambert and Will Honeybone ran 3.39.59 and 4.04.29, however, the performance of the day in the Dutch capital was that of Jon Ashford who, as an M50, ran a phenomenal 2.44.38.
The Newton Town and Gown Cambridge 10K saw Rob Simmonds head home half a dozen Ryston Runners, finishing 25th in 35.06, with his brother Andy in 36.16. Penny Seeger ran 45 minutes and David Lane was pleased to clock 54.06. Donna Jeary, Gill Hart, and Julie Barrow completed the event in just under 81 minutes, running with a Muscular Dystrophy charity group in memory of the son of one of the team members who died last year.
Jane Ashby and Keith Morris travelled to Leigh-on-Sea for a 10K event. Ashby (W70) finished in 53.23, 20th in the W45+ age group, while Morris ran 58.55, the day after completing the Suffolk Coastal Marathon in 5.32.47, 73rd overall and first M55.
At the Sportshall Athletics League match in Norwich, the u11s were represented by Charley Wheatley, Abigail Bransgrove, James McDermid and Marcus Wood. Wheatley was first in the two-lap hurdles, with Bransgrove first in the vertical jump.
For the u13s, Freya Knight, Clarice Cavill, Riley Bell and Ackara Black were in action.
The u15s compete as individuals, taking part in six events. For the boys, Kieran Bell was second overall, Liam Clare third, Miles Hovell fourth, Ryan Wood sixth and Rory Edmunds eighth in his first Sportshall outing.
For the girls, Lucy Oakley finished fourth overall and Shannon Wheatley was eighth.