ATHLETICS: Just over a year ago, Ryston Runners AC’s enigmatic and inspirational coach Rebecca Tuff set herself a challenge.
She is due to turn 30 on Monday and set herself a challenge to complete 30 races of 5K or more in the year leading up to her birthday, to raise funds for the neurology department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who saved her life.
In 2011, having suffered a catastrophic brain bleed, she was told by the consultant neurosurgeon: “You should be dead, or at least severely disabled.”
Known for finding anything longer than a lap of the track totally unappealing, she had managed to complete just three of her target events when coronavirus struck, laying waste her plans as it wiped out not just organised running events but even the possibility of going out for a run for several weeks.
So, with just over a week to go before the significant birthday, Rebecca came up with Plan B, which comprised aiming to cover three miles by running/walking/crawling, every three hours, over 30 hours to cover a total of 30 miles.
She will be doing that this weekend and asked if anyone from the club, or the running fraternity in general, feels inspired to join her, covering their own three miles, there is a fundraising page for Addenbrooke’s so they can continue to provide vital specialist care and research – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaTuffavm
Meanwhile, Ryston were due to re-start club training sessions yesterday at Downham and on April 12 at Lynnsport. Attendance must be
pre-booked at www.bookwhen.com/rystonrunners
Details appear on the club’s website – www.rystonrunners.org.uk
Thursday sessions will be available for non-members if numbers allow but Lynnsport sessions are only available for members until further notice.
The Megan’s Milers Challenge to run across America and back looks on target to succeed with more than 5,000 miles logged and Florida on the horizon.
A welcome stop for a virtual barbecue was provided by organiser Helen Reed’s brother, Paul, in Alabama, and soon they will be virtually passing the Tampa home of past Ryston member Paul Hough.
• Kerry Taylor, aided by Renegade Runners Ultra marathon guru Karl Baxter, took on her biggest challenge yet, taking part in The Nuts 50k Virtual Ultra-marathon.
She had only ran 13 miles before but was not put off at turning those figures around to 31 miles.
They decided to take on the Suffolk Ultra Back Yard course, which is all off-road and tough terrain.
Despite a few wobbles along the way, and with the tough love support of Baxter to keep going to the end, Taylor completed the distance in a respectable six hours and 30 minutes.