Ryston Runners were out in full force in their home East Anglian League match on Sunday, with plenty of wins, personal bests and impressive performances by athletes young and old.
Thea Howlett improved the club record in the Under 15 Girls Long Jump, adding over 20cm to her best, leaping out to a distance of 4.99m to win the event.
The biggest improvement of the day went to Bea Honeybone, who has been throwing 13m in Javelin all year, with an amazing throw of 20.55m to finish second in her age group. She also finished second in the Shot Putt.
Also competing in the Junior Girls were Kate Willis (U15) who won her 800m (2:26.9) and HJ (1.35m). She also came second in her first-ever 300m in 46.1.
Meg Willis impressed with 1.35m to win the U13 Girls High Jump. She also finished second in the 800m and Long Jump.
Mia Moore won her first-ever hurdles race in a time of 15.0 with Lily Teasdale close behind in 16.4.
In the U13 Boys, Kit Howlett had a couple of wins in the Javelin (23.43m) and Long Jump (4.18m), and placed second in his debut 1500m, clocking 5:18.8.
In the Long Jump with Kit was Kieran Bell who, in his first ever competition, won the B String with a leap of 4.05m. He was also third in his 100m race in 15.3.
The U13B 1500m was filled with Ryston athletes, including Harry Wakefield running a new PB to finish fourth in 5:23.8, and Owen Kitchener fifth in 5:28.5.
In the U11’s David MacQueen registered the furthest long jump of all in this age group, 3.63m. Thomas Turner jumped 3.04m and Riley Bell 3.02m.
It was also a good day for the older athletes. Gareth Hunt improved his 1500m PB by over eight seconds to record 4:30.6. Quinton Houston won both his 100m (12.2) and High Jump (1.75m) as well as recording the furthest throw in Javelin (34.45m). David Lane was only 30cm off his Discus PB, and fellow M50 competitor Paul Harrison had season bests in both Long and Triple Jump, winning the latter event.
In the U17 Men Anwar Bouilouta clocked a PB in the 100 (12.8) as well as winning the Discus (29.88m).
The Senior Women notched up some impressive performances: Caitlin Harris-Doy PBd in the Long Jump (3.99m) as well as winning the High Jump with 1.40m; Naomi Darkins was also in the High Jump and won the B String (1.35m); Holly Chen PBd in the Shot, throwing 8.47m; Annie Rooks came third in the 1500m, running 5:19.4.
On the roads, a handful of Ryston athletes enjoyed still and mild conditions.
The flat Thorney 5-mile course, which is usually beset by strong winds, proved particularly amenable, with Ryston’s best performer being 17th placed Pete Johnson 1st M60 in 30:41, qualifying him for a club Diamond Standard award. Tony Savage, 43rd in 33:56 was fourth placed M55, and ran a Gold Standard time.
Carl Manning, returning to competition after a lay-off, was sixth in the same category in 35:13 while his wife, Jan, placed fifth in the SW category despite being W35, was 78th in 39:25, pushing their daughter Alyssia in her buggy.
The course for the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon was somewhat hillier, passing through the grounds of Somerleyton Hall. First Ryston was Michael Howlett (SM), 43rd in 1:31:32, with his father, Kevin Howlett (M55) next home, 82nd in 1:37:47.
Keith Morris (M55) was 245th in 2:01:11, with Jane Ashby (W65) 10 places behind in 2:02:33, enjoying the fact that the race had gone through the village bearing the same name and also past Ashby Hall.
Martin Blackburn (M55) and Sarah Partridge (W55) completed the Ryston effort, in 257th and 258th with 2:03:05 and 2:03:24 respectively.