Southern Athletics League & GEAR 10km

The past weekend was a busy one for Ryston Runners. With the first Southern Athletics League of the season on Saturday followed by GEAR 10km on Sunday, the first of the set Age Grade Championship Races. One new Club Record and Plenty of Personal Bests Set this weekend

Southern Athletics League – Cambdridge 29/04/17

The Senior Ryston Track and Field team started of their 2017 Southern Athletics Season well with a Third Place finish at Cambridge.

Already by the second Track and Field match of the season we have had Two Club Records broken, this weekend it was the turn of Caitlin Harris-Doy who broke the Under 17 Girl Triple Jump Record with a leap of 9.85m, which was good enough for first on the day. Gabrielle Clare won the B-String Triple Jump with a personal best jump of 8.24m.

Gabrielle also ran a PB in the 100 Hurdles to win the B String in a time of 21.0 secs. Naomi Darkins in the A String Hurdles ran a PB time of 19.7 seconds which was good enough for second. Mel Reed had a very busy day on the track, with the highlights being a personal best in the 3km (11:56.9 mins) and winning the B-String 800m 2.37.4mins. 

Lydia Growns first track match for Ryston went well with a 2:28.3 mins 2nd place finish in the 800m. Four other athletes making their SAL debut were Thea Howlett who threw 27.46m for second in Javelin, her first time throwing the senior weight, Paul Keaney who ran 19:13mins in the 5km, Eleanor Hilton 15.0 secs in the 100m and Lindsey Clare who tried her hand at some throwing events, including a 14.41m Throw in Hammer for Third in the B-String.

Thomas Barnes-Hooker had a very successful day on the track winning both the 110 and 400m Hurdles, including a PB of 63.5 secs in the 400m Hurdles. Gareth Hunt jumped over 6 metres in long jump for the first time since 2011 to take second with 6.08m. Anwar Bouilouta ran a 100m (12.4secs) and jumped a Long Jump PB (5.27m 1st B String).

Robert and Andrew Simmonds had to cover injured in multiple events, with Andy finishing second in the 1500m (4.35.3mins) and winning the B String 400H. Robert won the Pole Vault (3.10m) and Javelin (47.21m).

A big thanks to Stuart Howlett, Ian Hogarth and Ben Collison for officiating throughout the day.

Youth Development League – Norwich 30/04/17

Naomi Darkins competed as part of Team Norfolk in the first Youth Development League match held at UEA Sportspark on Sunday, clearing 2.00m in Pole Vault. Team Norfolk were promoted to Premier 1 division last year, meaning they are now facing the toughest competition, a great experience for Naomi.

Great East Anglia Run 10km – Kings Lynn 30/04/17

Sunday saw the big local road race of the year, GEAR, under new management, featuring over 60 Ryston members running and several others helping out at the start/finish, including Jeremy Navrady, Andy, Karen and Ben Smith, Gareth Hunt, Jane Ashby, Debbie Wood, Martin Hammond, and Hannah Fisher.

There were many heroic efforts and backstories, including Mel Watts and Andy Harrod running together fir the firs time in 118 months since Mel had her son and Andy has been struggling with a foot problem; Helen Reed competing again after knee surgery; and, possibly most inspiring of all, Sue Smith, running in GEAR again less than a year after begin diagnosed with and treated for Stage 3 Breast Cancer, the same disease that afflicted Jane Tomlinson, whose husband was the founder of the Run for All enterprise which has taken over organising this event after over 10 years from Roger Partridge and Peter Duhig.

James O’Neill recorded the fastest Ryston finish of the day, his time of 33:34 placing him 2nd in the M35 category. Matt Allen was 3rd M40 with 34:51 and Adam Howard 3rd M35 with 36:33. Dipping under 40 minutes, Pete Johnson was 2nd M60 in 39:51, while Lesley Robins occupied a similar position in the W45 category with 44:05 ( 200th overall) with clubmate Pauline Drewery 3rd in the same category in 46:28. Maureen Wolfe was 3rd in her category (W55) in 49:14, and Jeff Reed continued the pattern with his 3rd place in the M70 group in 51:46 just a week after having a disappointingly tough time in the London Marathon. Pauline Sparrow, now retired and running for her club rather than her company for the first time in this event, was first W65 in 55:06. Mick Ennis and Helen Sewell both took 2nd places in their respective categories, Mick in the M75 with 60:52 and Helen in the W70 with 64:26.

Several Ryston Runners just missed out on category placings, coming 4th in their age groups. These included Nic Bensley (M45 36:10), Warren Armstrong (M40 37:19), Jan Manning (W35 44:33), and Sarah Partridge (W60 55:36) Conditions were quite challenging with the wind keeping things cool and slow, not a day for heroics and PBs. Other Ryston times included :

Matt Pyatt ( running for RAF Benevolent Society) 33:56

Adam Matthews 35:39

Daniel Guppy 37:40

John Hopgood 38:24

Martin Sheldrick 38:27

Neil Stapleton 39:13

Ian Milburn 39:37

Darren Easter 39:39

Stewart Robins 39:45

Shaun Mann 40:14

Dan Pratt 40:41

Lorena Latisaite 41:37

Tony Savage 42:38

Graeme Leeson 42:41

Mark Doughty 42:59

Martin Heeley 43:06

Carl Manning 43:25

Paul Carter 45:05

Anna Seaman 45:16

Pete Reed 45:34

Jamie Bransgrove 45:46

Tim Rudd 45:57

Julia Norman 47:27

Stuart Durham 48:06

Martin Blackburn 48:54

Andrew McNamara 47:55

Linda Marshall 49:14

Chris Chapman 50:56

Christopher Milnes 50:56

Wendy Fisher 52:08

Jason Hawes 52:37

Gary Whitby 52:57

Keith Morris 54:00

Emma Thompson 53:57

Karen Wood 53:57

David Lane 53:34

Paddy Thompson 54:55

Samantha Simper 55:58

Peter Donger 57:13

Claire Emery 57:46

Ivan Nunn 59:22

Lindsey Clare 60:14

Kevin Piggott 63:18

Gill Hart 63:24

Helen Reed 65:34

Katie Wilson 67:17

Peter Drew 66:37

Andy Harrod 77:07

Mel Watts 77:07

Sue Smith 87:36

Mini GEAR – 30/04/17

Ryston had multiple Juniors taking part in the Mini GEAR, congrats to Bailey Took who was the first home out of all the runners in the race.

Beachamwell International Half Marathon – 30/04/17

Past Chairman Martin Ive has been involved for many years with the Beachamwell international Half Marathon, organised by village stalwarts Brian and Carole Wilson to raise funds for the upkeep of the village Church. The course is nearly entirely offroad and takes in the delights of the best scenery the Brecks can offer, and saw some 30 combatants take it on this year as an alternative to road racing. First home was Ryston’s own Michael Howlett, followed very closely by Susan Mathews to make it as clean sweep for the club on the running front. Other notable Ryston efforts were put in by Amy Jane Chapman, who is reaping the rewards of a winter of marathon training - lots more to come from her in the next few years, and Kevin Howlett, who made it a family affair and probably actually won the event if prizes had been awarded on age grading.

Other News

Meanwhile, in Spain, Pete and Cath Duhig took part in a 7K race around Torre Pacheco inthe region of Murcia, organised by Prometeo, a local charity that provides training and employment opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people. In warm but windy conditions Pete had a strong run , finishing just outside the top 30 in just over 31 minutes, and 9th in the Veteranos category, which covered age groups from 40+. Cath walked the course in 44:36 to finish just outside the first 150 and as 4th Veterana.