Justin time as Kinsey first Ryston Runner home at Worstead

Picture by Tim Smith
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On another wet day sixteen Ryston Runners “Hares” took part in the Worstead 5, starting at 7pm and part of the Worstead festival in East Norfolk.

First home was Justin Kinsey in 28:50.

Other results: Nic Bensley 29:27, Che Plant 30:08, Heather Beattie 32:45, Lesley Robins 35:37, Pauline Drewery 38:43, Karen Wood 39:12 PB, Maureen Wolfe 39:46, Keith Morris 43:05, Jo Brooks 43:31PB, Martin Blackburn 43:31, Andy Harrod 44:06, Cheryl Brown 44:26PB, Sue Naylor 46:57, Mel Watts 47:38 and Sue Smith 54:34.

It was a good effort by all runners on what would be a great course in better weather .

Category awards were won by: Nic Bensley 1st M45-49, Karen Wood 2nd W50-55 and Heather Beattie 3rd SW.

The club’s special “Silver Hare” awards will go to Justin Kinsey, Nic Bensley, Che Plant, Heather Beattie, Karen Wood, Maureen Wolfe.

Jo Brooks continued her PB-bagging form on Sunday over the same distance at Wellingborough where she chipped off a further four seconds to record 43:27. Clubmate Fabia Pollard also notched up a PB at this event, running 42:09.

Matt Pyatt went the double distance on Saturday over the two-lap course of the village that comprises the Heckington 10.

This was the 50th staging of this race, which is part of the Heckington Show, the biggest village show in the country.

Pyatt, keen to get back to top form as part of his training for the Berlin Marathon in September, ran a fairly even paced race in windy but pleasant conditions in a quality field, the race being won by England international Ben Livesey in just over 50 minutes.

With 20 runners breaking the hour, including the first woman (57 mins), Matt placed fourth overall in a time of 55:17, just four seconds shy of his PB, highlighting his consistency over the distance this year.

Back to Sunday, and members took part in the Littleport 10km which they described as a nice event marred by some poor administration, which resulted in several runners going off course and errors in the results.

Warren Armstrong was the first home out of 10 Ryston Runners, finishing third overall in the race with a time of 35.57. The sole female Ryston athlete was Charlotte Barrett who finished sixth female with 47.17.

Other results: Adam Howard (37.45 13th, PB), Shaun Mann (37.53 14th, PB), Gareth Hunt (his first 10km) 40.24, 29th, Martin Sheldrick (22nd 39.41), Stewart Robins (35th 41.12), Darren Easter (37th 41.31), Barry Smith (63rd 45.47) & Graeme Leeson (77th 47.47).

The whole weekend was taken up for a few Ryston Runners by the British Masters Athletic Federation Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. It was a weekend of mixed weather and mixed fortunes.

Conditions on the Saturday were breezy but generally warm. Cath Duhig, the only “Hare” to return from the championships bemedalled this year, produced a strong and stylish walk to record a SB time of 18:22 over 3000m and take the W60 title.

Gaye Clarke, at the end of her age group so competing against the younger women in the W50 category, placed 5th in the 80m Hurdles, 7th in the 100m and 9th in the Hammer.

At completely the other end of the BMAF experience scale Dan Yellop, who only achieved Masters status on Thursday when he turned 35, was frustrated to miss out on a finals place in the 100m, despite recording the same time as another qualifier from the timed heats, 11.62.

He placed 8th in the 400m with 54.11.

Cath and Dan returned on Sunday, when the weather was appalling: cold, wet and squally.

Dan achieved 6th place in the M35 200m in 24.15, and Cath another SB/1st W60 in the 5000m, of 31:22, a little disappointing as she had to pull back with a “bit of a niggle” after making a potentially sub-31 minute start.

There two were joined by Paul Harrison who described his performance in the M45 Triple Jump as “as lacklustre as the weather”, placing fourth with a below-par 10m 78.