Thea Howlett of Ryston Runners competed for Norfolk U13 Girls in the Southern Inter Counties Cross Country match on Saturday at the Horspath sports ground, Oxford.
Conditions were sunny but cold. The course was mostly flat but with the frost slowly melting there were various deep mud sections to contend with.
Howlett (pictured) made a good start, getting to the front of the pack of nearly 100 girls. After negotiating the first turn she was caught with another girl’s spike on her heel which tore her left shoe off. Undeterred by this, and with no time to stop, she continued, running the remaining 2,800 metres with only one shoe.
Although somewhat hampered by this, Howlett was determined to finish and went past several girls in the finish straight and finished fifth Norfolk girl and midway in the field of runners.
It took some time to thaw her foot out but she was in good spirits.
l The third race on the 2014/15 Ryston Runners Cross Country Grand Prix Series attracted some 250 competitors on Sunday in Shouldham Warren.
Four of the categories were won by home club members. Malcolm Tuff made short work of the M50s, establishing a new club age group record for the 6.5km “medium” course. Nic Bensley polished off the honours in the M45 competition while, for the women, Annie Rooks claimed the U17 win and Maureen Wolfe the W55.
Other club members walking up to claim awards at the presentations at the end of the event were Reuben Andrews (2nd U11B), Charlie Wakefield (2nd U13B), Aylisha Cain (2nd U17G), Callum Stanforth (2nd SM), Chris Balmer (3rd SM), Martin Ive (3rd M45), Nicky Roger (2nd W40), Pauline Drewery (2nd W450, Sue Smith (3rd W50) and Jill Davis (2nd W55).
In the U9 Boys’ race, Charlie Isbill made a 12-second improvement on his previous best time, despite still being only four years old.
Other results: Liam Clare was 5th U11Boy, Bailey Took 5th U13B, George Bowen 6th U15B; Mia Moore 5th U11 Girl, Bea Honeybone 13th, Suki Wales 14th, Lily Teasdale 15th and Sophie Kwa 20th. U13G: Saffron Teasdale 6th and Gabrielle Clare 7th.
Other Ryston Senior/Masters’ results were as follows - SM: 4 Justin Kinsey; 5 Adam Matthews; 6 Che Plant; 7 Andrew Simmonds; 11 Michael Howlett; 13 Gareth Hunt; 15 Phil Twite; 18 Kevin Smith; 19 Daniel Clifton.
M40: 4 Shaun Mann; 9 Richard Dickson; 10 Mark Doughty. M45: 7 Sean Sands; 8 Andy Smith; 14 Barry Smith; 15 Jeremy Navrady; 17 Simon Tarling. M50: 5 Tony Savage. M55: 5 Christopher Milnes; 6 Martin Blackburn. M60: 5 Paul Firmage.
SW: 4 Heather Beattie; 9 Liz Simmonds; 11 Charlotte Smith. W35: 4 Katie Wilson; 6 Mel Watts. W45: 4 Linda Marshall; 5 Karen Smith; 7 Wendy Fisher. W55: 4 Liz Blakie; 5 Sine Cain; 6 Georgina Allen.