Chris Balmer and Rob Simmonds among a group of Ryston Runners in the Southern Athletic League.Picture: SUBMITTED.

ATHLETICS: Two week-night 5K road races, both attracting fields of more than 300, yielded good results for four Ryston Runners. 

At Wroxham, Pete Johnson snapped up the honours in the M65 category with 20.54.9, while Kate Penn ran 22.56.9 to finish 26th in the hotly contested senior women’s category.

At Aylsham, Malcolm Tuff took second spot in the M55 category, in 19.24.5, chased home by Owen Jary, who was sixth M45 with a personal best time of 20.23.4.

Jane Ashby joined Keith Morris at the Whitemoor five- miler on Sunday and came second in the W65 category. Morris, meanwhile, just took pleasure in participating and finishing the course.

Cath Duhig was the sole finisher in a 5,000m racewalk ‘control’ event in Torrevieja, Spain, where temperatures edged into the 30s. That was, perhaps, reflected in a slow time of 33.19.

On Saturday, eight Ryston juniors took part in a Quadkids event at Thetford. 

In the Year 4/5 girls’ match Laila Ringer was 16th with 143 points, Dione Britton 22nd, on 115, Poppy Foster 23rd, 113 and Summer Ringer 24th, 112. 

Thomas Simmonds was the sole 4/5 boy and finished in an impressive fifth position, 198.

Three girls competed in the 6/7 match. Charley Wheatley scored 179 points, to finish fourth, Evie Clayton was ninth, 153, and Skye Britton 22nd, 92.

On Sunday, just eight athletes were available to represent Ryston at the East Anglian Section Southern Athletics League at Cambridge.

They were further hampered when Lian Clare injured his calf in the long jump and had to withdraw. Before that he had managed fourth place, just 1cm ahead of clubmate Gareth Hunt, 5.48m and 5.47 respectively.

Ryston are setting up two competition evenings for members to enjoy.

The Hancock Five-Mile Handicap and Social will take place next Thursday, at Downham Market Sports Federation Club, Memorial Park, Lynn Road. 

This popular club event offers members the chance to run a challenging five-mile multi-terrain route, then to enjoy the company of fellow club members with a fish and chip supper while the committee works out the handicaps and prizes can be presented. 

Food orders close on Sunday and run entry closes on Wednesday. All information is on the club website and friends and family are welcome to go along to help with the marshalling – www.rystonrunners.org.uk

On Monday, July 26, the usual training sessions at Lynnsport will be replaced with The Ryston Olympics – a fun, friendly and inclusive Olympic themed event.

This is the first time Ryston has put on an such an event and the organisers hope that as many members are involved as possible. 

The event will take place across the junior and adult sessions, starting at 6.15pm and finishing at 8pm. There will be four main events plus relays – long jump (Fundamentals standing jump); 800m (Fundamentals 600m); howler throw; 100m; 4×100 relay.

Participants will be assigned to ‘national’ teams and are encouraged to enter as many events as possible to score points for their teams. 

There will be an opening ceremony, consisting of flag bearers leading each team for a warm-up lap. 

Booking is via the club website. Contact Adam Howard, via the website for more details. Spectator availability will depend on the Covid protocols in place at Lynnsport at the time.