ATHLETICS: Ryston Runner Pete Johnson ran in one of the first of the Athletics Norfolk mile races as a wildcard at Norwich Sportspark.
He was just pipped to the line by a younger athlete but Johnson (67) ran 6.08.2, representing an 80 per cent age grading.
He said: “I had to clean dried grass off my spikes before the race. It was from the EMAC final in Bedford in 2019.”
That is how long it is since he, like many athletes, had been able to take part in a proper track race.
Also enjoying being back on track in a real open meeting were Rory and Leo Wood, who finished fourth and sixth in the u11B 600m in 2.06.9 and 2.08.9 respectively.
Real racing resumed for four more Ryston Runners at the Snetterton Race Track 10k.
Staggered starts, according to predicted times, and athletes wearing face masks right up to the start line, enabled COVID-19 protocols to be followed, and results were published according to recorded chip times.
Martin Heeley topped the Ryston list with 42.18, followed by Owen Jary with a personal best time of 43.27. Kate Penn ran 45.54 and Sarah Fisher 60.48. Second claim member Barry Smith finished in 47.09, while former club member Danny Rock posted the third fastest time of the night.
The club has a new members hub on Facebook, devised by Adam Howard with graphics by Nic Bensley. It is already proving a useful and popular communication tool.
Four Renegades Runners took part in the 10k race at Snetterton with Barry Smith the first back in 47.09.
Jamie Youngs was next home in 49.39 but Sarah Fisher, paced by fellow Renegade Andy Doyle, put in the performance of the evening, running a big PB of 60,48, closing in on breaking the hour for the first time.
Fisher has improved immensely since 2019 when races were the norm, when she was running 10ks in 74 minutes.