Members of Ryston Runners AC were once again among the trophy winners in one of the last official races of the year.
The New Year’s Eve 10 kilometre road running race at Little Downham is always an eagerly anticipated event – not just for athletes to see how they have progressed but also to see what weather conditions the fast flat fenland course delivers.
The 2014 event did not disappoint with bright sunshine mixed with a cold breeze in the last 5km for the 23 Ryston Runners in a field of 590 finishers.
This is such a popular New Year’s Eve event that places tend to sell out within a couple of days of entries being opened in August.
Due to the pace it also allowed a number of inter-club tussles to develop in the notoriously icy and muddy finishing section. As a result two went home with category prizes.
Notable performances included Malcolm Tuff who took the Men’s Veteran 50 year old (M50) prize in 36 minutes and 39 seconds in 17th place.
Jane Ashby was 1st Female Veteran 65 year old (W65) in a personal best (PB) time of 50 minutes and 59 seconds in 288th place.
In addition Lesley Robins was the second W40, Maureen Wolfe was 2nd W55, Jillian Davis was 2nd W60 and Nic Bensley was 3rd M45.
For many of the Ryston competitors this is the formal start of training in the build up to spring marathons.
In bleaker, very windy, conditions on New Year’s Day four more Ryston Runners were in action, at the Wymondham 10K.
The youngest of them, Aylisha Cain, recorded the best time of the quartet, finishing the undulating course in 43:46 in 131st position.
Richard Dixon was 183rd in 45:41.
Aylisha’s mother, Sine Garine, finished in 54:02 (367th) and Mel Watts was 450th in 57:46.