At the British Masters Athletic Federation’s Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lee Valley Stadium,Ryston Runner Gaye Clarke made a cautious return to competition after a lay-off.
She went home with a silver medal from the W50 60m Hurdles and a bronze from the High Jump. Another returnee, Cath Duhig, walked a strong, fluent 3000m race for gold in the W60 category.
Paul Harrison was uncharacteristically off-form and couldn’t crack 11m in the M45 Triple Jump, ending up with a frustrating fourth place.
Malcolm Tuff, who was going strongly in the M50 1500m, retired with a quad injury, which saw him have to scratch from the 800m, in which he would almost definitely have medalled.
On the same weekend the BMAF 10 mile road championships were contended in Sidcup, Kent. In surprisingly warm conditions returning Ryston Runner Matt Pyatt knocked almost a minute off his PB for the distance to record 55:13, a new club age group record by over eight minutes, in fifth place overall. and bagging a silver in the M35 category. A well-paced race on the three-lap road and pavement course resulted in fairly equal splits of 27:30 and 27:43 in a strong field.
Road races were to the fore for several other members.
At the Broadland Half Marathon at South Walsham, there were Norfolk County Championship medals for Ian Milburn (SM bronze), Pete Johnson ( M60 silver), Mick Ennis (M65+ silver) and Jill Davis (W60 gold). Milburn was sixth overall in 1:25:47, Johnson 10th in 1:26:06.Phil Twite took an impressive top 20 spot with 1:29:21. Keith Morris was 140th in 1:50:52, just a couple of minutes ahead of Jill Davis, while Ennis had struggled on the course after coming back from injury, to clock 2:45:06.
Maureen Wolfe continued her relentless decimation of the club’s W55 road records in the Cambridge Half Marathon, recording a time of 1:45:58. Fastest Ryston Runner at this event on a twisty course was Daniel Guppy who clocked 1:23:11.
Other times: Andrew Simmonds (1:27:44), Mark Doughty (1:40:14), Pauline Drewery ( 1:40:58 PB), Karen Wood (1:52:33), Anna Seaman (1:53:10), Helen Melville (1:55:57 - post-baby personal best), and Liz Simmonds (1:59:21).
Jeff Reed covered a Half Marathon in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running, recording 1:58:30 to take first place in the M70 category.
Two members had been selected to represent Norfolk in the Inter Counties’ cross country competition in Birmingham. A sunny but slightly breezy day on a revised course at Cofton Park saw Heather Beattie and Annie Rooks test their abilities against the very best on hilly and slightly muddy terrain.
In the Senior Women’s race, Beattie finished the 8Km course in 34:33, 264th out of 275, whilst in the U17G Rooks finished 120th out of 273 with 23:47, contributing to Norfolk’s 30th place overall.