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On Sunday 21st of May Ryston Runners welcomed 3 big clubs from the South Region to the second Southern Athletics League match of the season. Competing against two clubs who won their first match Ryston athletes knew they were in for challenge, but thanks to some excellent performances, especially in the Male Throws and Female Middle Distance Events Ryston came away with joint first with Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club.

Robert Simmonds had a very successful day in the field events winning outright the Pole Vault (2.95m), Javelin (44.85m), Discus (33.38m) snf Shot Put (10.19m) as well winning the B string Hammer (34.70m). Beating him in the Hammer was his brother Andrew Simmonds to finish second with a throw of 35.04. Andrew won the B String Discus (28.83m) and Shot (8.50m). Adam Howard swapped his running trainers for a Javelin with great success winning the B String with a throw of 30.26m.

Lydia Growns lead from the front in both the women’s 800m and 1500m to take the win in both with times of 2.27.2 mins and 5.13.2 mins. Mel Reed won the B String 800m (2.36.8 mins) , 5km (20.46.9 mins) and 1500m Steeplechase 6.19.9. Lorena Latisaite won the Steeple Chase with a time of 6.08.5 mins she also finished second in the 5km (20.01.2 mins) and won the B String Shot (7.20m). Hayley Hawes performed well in her SAL debut running 6.07.5 mins in the 1500m.

In the female jumps two Under 17 Athletes improved their own club records as well as taking the wins in the set disciplines. Thea Howlett leapt 5.13m to take the Long Jump win and Caitlin Harris-Doy jumped 9.88m in Triple Jump to win that. Gabby Clare won the B String Triple Jump with a leap of 8.32m. Thea also ran a new pb in 100m to take third in a time of 13.3 secs. Naomi Darkins had a pair of second place finishes in both Pole Vault (1.75m) and High Jump (1.38m)

Callum Stanforth returned from injury to take the win in the 1500m (4.16.6 mins) being chased down by our own James O’Neil who won the B string with 4.17.0 mins. Adam Matthews ran a new 200m (25.5 secs) and 800m PB (2.11.5 mins).

Well done to all the other athletes who took part. And a big thank you to the long list of volunteers who came and gave a hand to make sure the event ran smoothly.

Other News

The Wroxham 5K midweek fixture last week attracted just 4 Ryston Runners in afield of over 600, and it proved a good choice for Nic Bensley who broke 17 minutes for the first time, finishing in 14th place/2ndM45 in 16:57, and reporting himself to be after the run. Bensley's time gave him an 85% age grading, something only the elite achieve, and which was matched on the night by Malcolm Tuff, who finished in 17:37 and won the 1st place in the M50 category in the process.
Also competing were Katie Moyles ( U17 499th in 28:06) and Sue Tuff ( 549th in 30:59)
Tim Rudd and Bailey Took Chased the Train on Sunday, from Aylsham to Wroxham on the Bure Valley Railway. Tim finished in 27th place out of 176 in 63:24, while Junior Athlete Bailey was just about 3 minutes behind. The journey back to the start was obviously a highlight for Tim, who commented sitting on a sweaty small train in a carriage full of Lycra clad ladies : worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Meanwhile, in Spain, this weekend Cath and Pete Duhig were joined by two other Ryston clubmates at the 2nd Carrera Academia General del Aire 5/10K. The races took place on the Air Base at San Javier which is the home of the Águilas, the top Spanish air display team, although the best the Ryston quartet could manage to see was a couple of Easyjet planes taking off from the nearby airport.
First to run, and the most successful, was Jan Manning, who produced an excellent PB time of 21:09 for the distance and bagged herself 3rd Senior Woman trophy after a competitive run which saw her finish 72nd overall out of over 250.
Carl Manning ran 46:41 in the 10K for 79th place overall out of 211, 6th M50+. Peter Duhig had an out-of- sorts day and came in in 169th place in 53:56. Cath Duhig walked the course in around 66 minutes to finish 208th, only just outside the prizes in the W50+ category, despite being the oldest female in the race.