Pilkington sets jump and run bests for Ryston Runners

Ryston Runner Kit Howlett
Ryston Runner Kit Howlett

Ryston Runners were represented in full force at the Norfolk Championships in all age groups, smashing PBs and records, and taking home medals, writes Gareth Hunt.

Mackenzie Pilkington broke two championship records in the Long Jump (5m 05 ) and 200 (27.0 s). He also took bronze in the 100m.

Robert MacQueen took silver in both the 100 and the 200, smashing his PB in both events. Joe McNulty, in his first track event for the club, ran brilliantly to take fourth in both of the sprint events. Charlie Wakefield took gold in the U13 Boys 800m with Bailey Took taking bronze. Charlie, Mackenzie, Robert and Joe then won the 4 x 100m relay, beating the existing club record by over a second.

Kit Howlett broke the long-standing U11 Boys 600m Championship Record (1.49.3). Ryston took a 1-2-3 in this race with Harry Wakefield and Liam Clare taking silver and bronze. They also medalled in the Vortex Throw, whilst Kit took silver in the 60m after recovering from a fall in the heat. Bea Honeybone took bronze in the U11 Girls Vortex. Both George Evans and David MacQueen gained PB’s.

Thea Howlett smashed her 800m PB, taking four seconds off her previous best time, 2:23.2, winning her a bronze medal and bringing her ever closer to breaking the 23-year-old club record. She also took gold in the U15 Girls Javelin.

Hannah Brown took gold in the U17 300m. Anna Wood, Mia Moore and Gabrielle Clare achieved PB’s in their Long Jump. George Bower did well in his first race over 3000m.

Senior athletes also competed well. James O’Neill dominated the 800m, setting a new club M35 record and only 1/10th of a second off his PB. Malcolm Tuff took the club’s M50 record with 2:14.4, knocking 3.5 seconds off the time set by Peter Duhig in 2000. Gareth Hunt, Dan Yellop and Robert Simmonds also medalled in their events in a final tally of 21 medals from 17 juniors and almost one apiece for the seniors.