There were several bridges, fly-overs and bollards to tackle for the ten Ryston Runners who took part in a sunny, but frosty, Nene Valley 10 on Sunday.
Despite the freezing conditions, several still managed to set significant PBs and there were some outstanding performances.
Malcolm Tuff had a stunning race, to be placed 16th overall in a field of 289 finishers, and taking the honours in the M45 category with a time of 57:58.
This was a minute-and-a-half clear of his previous best time this year set last month. Ryston’s newly-appointed road running co-ordinator Che Plant dipped under the hour for the first time, coming in 33rd in 59:57.
This was almost two minutes ahead of his previous best from last month.
Also in the top 50, Michael Howlett (42nd, 63.23) took more than a minute off his previous PB.
Allan Hamilton, just outside the top 100 (105th in 69.53), shattered his previous best time, while Phillip Seaman (181st, 79.05) and Andy Harrod (233rd, 83.51) also bagged PBs.
Sarah Taylor was the first of the Ryston women home, going round in 75.46 for 153rd place overall.
Jo Isbill made it into the top 100 by the skin of her teeth, finishing 99th in 82.14.
Mel Watts (270th, 96.49) and Sue Smith (280th, 103.42) completed the Ryston effort.
This was fine representation of the spread of ability and commitment that exists throughout the club.
There was also a big thanks from everyone taking part to Bev Harrod, who took the team photo and stood in the freezing cold supporting the team throughout the race.
At the younger end of the club spectrum, Charlie Wakefield ran in the Suffolk schools’ trials and came second in the under 13s.
In the process he beat Thomas McCarthy, the 1500m runner, and was only beaten by Matthew Snowden, both of who are two years older than Wakefield.
Unfortunately, Wakefield is too young to represent Suffolk schools in the Anglian or English schools as he has to be two years older.