ATHLETICS: Remembrance Sunday was indeed memorable for many members of Ryston Runners.
They were taking part in two rather different events but enjoying good competition and a considerable degree of success all round.
The home event was the second in the Cross Country Grand Prix Series at Shouldham Warren, at which a very special and moving act of Remembrance preceded the senior race. The customary minute’s silence was enhanced by the playing on the cornet of The Last Post by club member Helen Driver, who then went on to finish fourth in the W50 race.
That category saw a Ryston one-two in the shape of Nicky Roger and Debbie James, whose achievement was bettered in the W60s with a complete whitewash by Jane Ashby, Pauline Sparrow, and Liz Blakie.
Linda Marshall and Sarah Taylor took second and third places in the W55 age group, while Elaine Lumley was second W45 and Irena Marcinek third W40.
Tony Savage was the sole Ryston category winner, in the men’s race, taking victory ahead of clubmate Kevin Howlett in third.
There was close competition in the M40 category, with second-placed Andrew Simmonds coming in 18 seconds ahead of John Hopgood, who just edged out Daniel Guppy for third. Ben Keeley (SM) and Nic Bensley (M50) took second places in their respective categories, while Owen Jary (M45) and Malcolm Tuff (M55) took thirds.
In the junior races, the u9 and u11 boys’ categories were dominated by Ryston athletes, with Max Hawkins, Logan Greenwood, and Theo Hawes taking the three top spots in the younger category, and Thomas Elsdon, Rory Wood, and Leo Wood doing likewise in the older one.
Owen Hopgood won the u17M and Jessica Lawrence the u11G, while Isabella McKenzie was second in the u15G.
Other Ryston results – u9B: 10 Rhys Howard. U11B: 4 Thomas Simmonds, 7 Frederick Hawkins, 8 Toby Turner. U11G: 4 Faith Turner, 6 Leah Beagles, 7 Martha McKenzie.
U13G: 4 Alisha Greenwood, 6 Lola Kidman. U15B: Dylan Whitehouse, 9 Sam Doughty.
SM: 4 Rob Simmonds, 9 Tristan Langley, 12 Jason Cooper 13 James Thompson. SW: 10 Jade Cooper.
W40: 4 Emma Thompson, 6 Anna Smith, 7 Anna Seaman. M45: 5 Mark Doughty, 7 Ashish Rastogi, 8 Charlie Wilson.
M50: 5 Sean Connolly, 8 Will Honeybone, 13 Jason Hawes. M55: 5 Nigel Kenny, 6 Martin Ive, 12 David Lane. M60: 4 Chris Chapman, 7 Christopher Milnes. W60: 6 Gill Hart.
There was cause for much celebration at Leverington for the George Munday 10K, organised by Three Counties Running Club.
Danny Smith, seventh overall, won the M35 category in 36:33, the fastest from the club on the day, just a whisker ahead of Oliver Foxwell, who was eighth overall/fifth senior man, and celebrating his birthday with his twin brother Ben (18th/ 6th SM), with his second fastest 10K time (36:46). Ben ran an impressive 38:14.
Separating the birthday boys, and having a fabulous personal contest, were in-form Martin Sheldrick, who was second M50 (ninth overall) with another PB (37:16), just holding off Darren Easter, winning the M45 category in 37:26.
There was a category win for Maureen Wolfe in the W60s, with 53:35, while her long-term training partner Pauline Drewery was delighted to take second W45 in 47:40.
Glenn Perkins was sixth M35 in 42:40, Mark Fountain 15th M45 in 44:24, Craig Harris 11th M50 in 50:44, and Kerrie Page 14th W40 in 52:55. Lisa Harris ran cautiously to test out an injured knee and completed the course in 66:52.
Upping the distance to half marathon, Jay Belham ran a personal best time of 1:26 at the Reading Half but developed painful blisters.
Although not an official race, Ryston treasurer Sue Tuff and the club’s membership secretary Jon Benstead, having been otherwise occupied with administrative tasks on the day of the Wissey Half Marathon in September, put in some serious training, donned their club vests, and ran their own race over the official course on Saturday, being rewarded with a well deserved commemorative medal apiece.