A beautiful spring Sunday made for excellent running conditions for members of Ryston Runners AC competing in the final race of the club’s 2016/17XCGP series.
The course for the final senior 6.5K XC race had had to be altered slightly due to fallen trees.
Numbers were down somewhat, possibly due to it being Mothering Sunday. Home club honours went to outright winner Chris Balmer in SM, and Nic Bensley, consolidating his domination of the M45 age group.
Minor placings went to Robert Simmonds (3SM), Lorena Latisaite (2SW), Lesley Robins (2W45), Malcolm Tuff (2M50), Linda Marshall (2W50), Tony Savage (2M55), Carl Manning (3M55 – after car park duties), and Gill Hart (2W55).
Bailey Took and Rosie Booth took third places in the U15 Boys’ and Girls’ races respectively.
Other Ryston results on the day – U9B: 8 Thomas Simmonds, 11 Sam Doughty. U11B: 11 Malakai Took. U11G: 8 Ella Matthews, 13 Riley Bell, 19 Louie Copeland. U15B: 7 Kyle Berry. U15G: 6 Nina Koulman. SM: 4 Andrew Simmonds. W35: 4 Emma Thompson. W40: 8 Claire Emery, M45: 4 Stewart Robins, 11 Alex Killick. M50: 6 Jeremy Navrady, 10 Andy Smith. M55: 4 Kevin Howlett, 5 Martin Blackburn, 7 Chrstopher Milnes. M60 7 Peter Duhig, 11 Mick Ennis.
In the series overall – three best races to count, in the case of Seniors and Masters over three different distances, there were wins for Robert Simmonds (SM), Nic Bensley (M45), Tony Savage (M55), and Liz Blakie (W55).
Malcolm Tuff (M50), Lorena Latisaite (SW), Karen Smith (W45), and Geraldine Jordan (W50) took second places in their categories; with Dan Guppy (SM), Mel Reed (SW) and Linda Marshall (W50) ending third.
The undulating Wymondham 20 was undertaken by three club members with the London Marathon on the horizon.
Jeff Reed broke three hours with a six-second PB of 2:59:54 in 158th place out of 284 finishers, and was the first man over 70. Jane Ashby clocked 3:09:47 for 187th place (4-minute PB) after suffering some foot problems, trying out new shoes which she will not be using in London. Sarah Partridge finished 244th in 3:33:21 (3rd W60).
The wind is always a factor at races in Thorney and this spring’s 10K was no exception on Sunday.
Adam Matthews was fifth overall in 35:24. John Hopgood, in his first 10K as a Ryston Runner, clocked a 53 second PB, finishing 18th in 38:18. Helen Sewell, who was probably the first W70, ran five minutes faster than last year over the same course, to finish 217th overall in 63:18.
The photo sent in yesterday shows l-r Helen, Adam, John.