Three of Ryston’s EMAC competitors at Nuneaton – Liz Blakie, Gill Hart and Jane Ashby.

ATHLETICS: Four gallant women from Ryston Runners made the journey to Nuneaton for a Masters Inter-Area match.

The popular fixture has not been held since 2019 due to Covid restrictions and, representing Eastern Masters AC, Jane Ashby, Liz Blakie, Gill Hart and Pat Oakes helped the EMAC women to fifth place out of nine teams. Combined with the men’s result, it gave EMAC second place overall. 

Despite all being over 60, Ashby and Oakes 70-plus, they found themselves competing against “youngsters” of 50 in the relays. Blakie also “counted down” for her individual 2,000m walk. 

It was Hart and Ashby’s first appearance in this match but Blakie is a well-established member of the EMAC team, while Oakes had competed for Welsh Masters before changing her allegiance after moving to Norfolk and joining Ryston. 

Cath Duhig was the sole finisher in a 5,000m track walking race in Torrevieja at the weekend, recording her best time of the season in the last race before the summer competition break in Spain.

λ Renegade Runners Rebecca Baker and Cat Tipling took part in the Stones 100km ultra race in Oxfordshire.

They faced scenic, but tough chalky terrain and hills, but completed the event along with more than 1,200 others at Avebury stone circle.

They recorded a time of 27 hours and 27 minutes, with back-up support from Carl Tipling.