The Wissey Half Marathon, which took place on Sunday and was based at Oxborough, turned out fine for Ryston Runners AC.
Incorporating the British Masters Half Marathon Championships, and the Eastern Veterans’ championships, it demonstrated top organisational teamwork, and the knack for getting good weather. The event was sponsored by Sportlink from Norwich.
Temperatures in the mid-teens with a cool breeze provided perfect running conditions, as well as making it pleasant for many members marshalling the course and doing start and finish duties.
At the presentation of awards runners enjoyed their finishers’ beer from Two Rivers Brewery at Denver, and refreshments by The Angel, Watlington.
The home club was to the fore in the Masters’ championships. Matt Pyatt took BMAF EVAC silver medals in the M35 category with his sixth place overall run of 1:14:52. His clubmate Che Plant took the bronzes with 1:24:52, his time being affected by his stopping to attend to a runner who had fallen badly between miles 10 and 11.
With Marcus Hawkins, bronze M40 in 1:26:43, they took the BMAF team silver medal in the M35-44 category. A silver team performance was also put together in the M55-64 BMAF category with Carl Manning (1:40:13) and Keith Morris (1:56:12) joining Pete Johnson for the honours.
Johnson gained silver in the BMAF /Gold EVAC individual mark M60 race with a consistent run (1:23:36). Jeff Reed took bronze BMAF/Gold EVAC in the M70 category with 1:56:53.
Ryston’s women were represented on the medal podium by Jane Ashby, silver BMAF/ Gold EVAC W65, with 1:57: 40, and Wendy Fisher, silver BMAF/ Gold EVAC W50 with 2:02:31.
Some 30 members featured in the results. Danny Rock was first Senior Man for the club, in 15th place overall in a PB time of 1:18:59. Almost a dozen recorded sub-90 minute times.
Other men’s results: Daniel Guppy 1:25:56; Phil Twite 1:26:53; Simon Able 1:27:02; Steve Bowerman 1:28:54; Phil Thompson 1:28:57; Will Honeybone 1:29:05; Kevin Howlett 1:36:06; Andy Wicklen 1:42:21; Barry Smith 1:51:40; Martin Hammond 1:51:42; Andy Harrod 2:02:53.
First of the Ryston women was Heather Beattie in 1:34:37. Amy Chapman and Lesley Robins spurred each other on to finish in the same time, 1:38:14 apiece, for Amy’s half marathon debut and a two-minute PB for the more seasoned Lesley.
Other results: Julia Norman 1:50:30, Lorena Latisaite, who had been unwell, 1:52:02, Anna Seaman 1:52:04, Cheryl Brown 2:02:54 (PB by over 20 minutes), Sarah Partridge 2:03:37 and Sue Naylor 2:12:59 (PB by five minutes).
Brown’s time was a testament to her commitment to training over recent months and the company of her training buddy, Andy Harrod.