Kit is right fit for county podium spot

Peterborough photo is Back :  Kevin Smith, Jill Davis,  Martin Blackburn, Keith Morris, Tony Savage/ Front: Simon Tarling, Jane Ashby, Sue Naylor' 'XC photo from Norwich , Seniors is  Back : Andy Wicklen Shaun Mann, Che Plant, Nic Bensley, James O' Neill / Front : Heather Beattie, Katie Wilson, Adam Matthews
Peterborough photo is Back : Kevin Smith, Jill Davis, Martin Blackburn, Keith Morris, Tony Savage/ Front: Simon Tarling, Jane Ashby, Sue Naylor' 'XC photo from Norwich , Seniors is Back : Andy Wicklen Shaun Mann, Che Plant, Nic Bensley, James O' Neill / Front : Heather Beattie, Katie Wilson, Adam Matthews

The Norfolk Cross-Country Championships took place at Colney on Saturday, in sunny but chilly conditions.

Ryston Runners AC medallists included Kit Howlett, third in category in his first County Championships as an U11, James O’Neill second Senior Man, and Nic Bensley first M45, gold in his first championships in this age group.

Juniors :  Megan Willis, Kate Willis, Mia Moore, Kit Howlett, Harry Wakefield, Thea Howlett, Charlie Wakefield.

Juniors : Megan Willis, Kate Willis, Mia Moore, Kit Howlett, Harry Wakefield, Thea Howlett, Charlie Wakefield.

In the senior races, over up to five laps of a varied terrain course with a testing hill, there were also top ten places for Heather Beattie (fifth SW), Adam Matthews (sixth U20M), and Shaun Mann (sixth M40).

Additionally Che Plant finished 17th and Andy Wicklen 26th in the SM category and Katie Wilson was sixth in the W35 section.

Other Ryston juniors were Harry Wakefield in the U11, like Kit, having a strong finish, to come in 6th; Thea Howlett, gutsing her way to a commendable fifth in a very competitive U13 Girls’ race; Charlie Wakefield, getting back into his racing stride with a fifth in the U13 Boys; and Meg Willis (28th) and Mia Moore (31st) in the U11 Girls.

Howlett already knows she is selected for the Inter Counties in Oxford, and other Ryston athletes may well yet hear the call.

Sunday was a damper, more blustery day but mainly dry and even with patches of bright blinding sunshine. These were the conditions for the Nene Valley 10, at Bretton near Peterborough.

Top of the Ryston crop, timewise, was Tony Savage, whose 66:54 saw him finish seventh in the M50 category/91st overall. Next in, Kevin Smith, bagged himself a two-minute PB time of 73:53 in 166th.

Other Ryston finishers: Jill Davis, 250th in 82:45 and 3rd W60; Martin Blackburn 268th in 85:34; Keith Morris, 274th/85:43; Jane Ashby 278th/5th W0, 87:00; Simon Tarling 318th in 92:56; and Sue Naylor 353rd, 105:47.