ATHLETICS: The optimism of Ryston Runners AC’s masters track and field co-ordinator Helen Reed proved founded at the weekend.
Participants in the Megan’s Milers February challenge ‘virtually’ reached club-mate Cath Duhig’s home in Spain, having logged almost 1,820 miles between them in the first half of the month.
Unfortunately, in the real world, Duhig, having left them a virtual welcome online, was not actually at home as she was competing in the Spanish Masters 20K racewalking championships in Seville.
There, in a Covid-secured competition environment, she laid to rest the ghost of her disqualification in the 10K event in Madrid before Christmas, by walking to a win in the W65 category.
Her time of 2.09.48 represented a 91.6 per cent age grading and set a new best mark for the event in that age group to have walked in Spain.
Ryston’s Montane-sponsored ultra specialist Dickie Ebbs has accepted the challenge to try to break the existing record for a solo run along the Peddars Way.
He has already enlisted the support and help of several clubmates for pacing, marshalling, and general help.
The attempt is scheduled for May 22 and the target time is under five hours 30, hopefully aiming for something nearer 5.25.