ATHLETICS: After a successful mob-handed onslaught on the Dereham 10 the previous weekend, members of Ryston Runners AC found themselves occupied in a variety of events last weekend.
Senior track and field athletes had their opening Southern League match of the season at Colchester, the club was represented at two 10K races, and several Hares tried their hand at triathlon at the Sunny Hunny Tri in Hunstanton.
The Mike Groves 10K organised by Coltishall Jaguars featured four Ryston Runners and one junior athlete in the accompanying 2K race. Between them they bagged a few trophies.
Justin Walker was first Hare home in 14th place overall, taking the honours in the M45 category with a time of 39:47.
Pauline Drewery, 83rd in 48:56, took the win in the W50 category, repeating her success in the previous Jaguars 10K event in March.
Julie Williamson was 74th in 47:47, finishing fifth in the senior women’s age group, and Ian Milburn was 140th in 55:26.
Ruby Smith was first u16 girl and eighth overall in the 2K race, running 8:06.
Lana Hayes was the only Ryston Runner to venture north for the Great Manchester Run 10K, where she came 20th in the u20 women’s category, 56:13.
Steven Franklin was the first Ryston man to finish the 200m swim/18K cycle/3.5K run that constituted the Sunny Hunny Tri, completing the event in 55:20.
Oliver Foxwell, 23rd, was the only other club member to break the hour-mark, with a time of 59:04.
James Ord came 28th in 60:55, then Lucy McDowie led home the Ryston women, 34th with 62:08.
Molly Sands was 44th out of the 87 finishers in 64:05, then came Jacqui Scott 76th/75:51, Salina Cumbridge 79th/ 77:35, Joanne Taylor 83rd/ 85:47, and Helen Driver 84th/ 86:18.
Several other club members were also involved in the organisation and administration of the event, as part of KL Tri Club, and the Ryston inflatable gantry was a feature of the finish line.
Although club reports do not usually cover Parkrun achievements, two came to the fore at the weekend.
Matthew Thrower, who has made his mark on the roads recently, broke 17 minutes over the King’s Lynn course and paid tribute to all who had supported and encouraged him on his journey from novice to medal-winning athlete.
Will Chapman ran 16:20 in the Amsterdam parkrun, flying the flag for Ryston abroad.