Downham Market Ryston Runner Reed’s national No.1 time at Tarpley 20

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By Jeremy Navrady

On Sunday, the comparative calm after storm Doris was welcomed by the Ryston Runners who braved the Tarpley 20-mile road race.

Situated near Bury St. Edmunds, the race took the 316 competitors along a tough and undulating figure of eight course.

Chris Balmer took a good fourth place overall. Chris was in third for a long time but was edged out in the closing stages.

The fabulous Jeff Reed took first place in the veteran men’s 70 year plus category in exactly three hours in his build up to the London Marathon and achieved a personal best (PB) time by five minutes.

Reed’s run currently ranks him number one in the M70 category in the UK for that distance.

He finished 2015 as 12th ranked, so although there will be better performances this year, this reflects the immense progress he has made and might inspire others – he only started running a few years ago.

While disappointed with her time, gutsy fellow runner, Lesley Robins, was second 45+ female veteran.

She ran the Marriott’s Way marathon on the previous Sunday and still finished in the top third of the field.

Picture Shows Left to Right: Jeremy Navrady 85th place in 2.38.18, Shaun Mann 33rd 2.22.43 (PB), Stew Robins 42nd 2.25.56, Lesley Robins 108th 2.43.39, Claire Emery 299th 3.42.51 (PB), Jeff Reed 183rd 3.00.00 (PB) and Chris Balmer 4th 2.01.34.