Kate Penn at the Boston Half Marathon.Picture: TONY PAYNE.

ATHLETICS: While most people were probably spending their Bank Holiday Monday, and apparently the hottest day of the year so far, “chilling out”, a few dedicated Ryston Runners were testing themselves over the classic marathon and half marathon distances. 

At Boston for the full 26 miles-and-a-bit, were Irena Marcinek and Eamonn McCusker. Over a famously flat course, Marcinek ran 3.53.58 for 63rd place in the women’s race (17th W40) while the sun and rising temperature took its toll on McCusker in the second half of the race and he ended up hanging on with a finishing time of 4.07.48, which gave him 482nd place (7th M65) of the near-700 runners who finished the event.

In the half marathon, Kate Penn finished with a one-minute personal best time of 1.41.51, finishing 168th and fifth W30.

Also covering the half marathon distance, Julia Norman was running through the Blickling Estate in her first race since breaking her fibula in January 2020, followed by a positive Covid test in February, She was 317th in 2.04.18.

Continuing her rehab after a foot injury, Cath Duhig took part in her second 5,000m racewalk over consecutive weekends, improving her time by a few seconds in the Masters Autonómico Championships in Elda in Alicante Province, Spain, clocking 32.45.