Ryston Runner Ashby picks up two county Grand Prix series prizes

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Ryston Runners’ Jane Ashby came home with two trophies from the Assembly House, Norwich, for the presentations of the Leethes Prior Norfolk Road Running Grand Prix Series.

She picked up the award for winning the W65 category, and also, unexpectedly, the award for the fastest marathon by a Norfolk W65.

MLNF Ryston XC

MLNF Ryston XC

Matt Pyatt had won second place in the Men’s Marathon competition, but he was unable to collect his award as he was in Dublin, competing for England Masters in the Home Nations Cross Country match, in which he placed 66th overall, fifth England M35 scorer in a very muddy race.

Lisa Pyatt bagged herself a run in Dublin on the Sunday, placing fourth in the “Care to Run” 5k, a two-lap race involving several turns, a few inclines, and a strong wind.

Jeff Reed was 15th M70 in the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon, run in warm, sunny conditions on a flat city course. On course for a massive PB at halfway, he suffered an injury and lost 40 minutes in the second half of the race, finishing in 4:43:15, 10 minutes shy of the time he ran in London in April.

Helen Reed, Cath and Peter Duhig all took part in the accompanying 10K race, all hampered by ongoing injuries. Peter still ran the sixth fastest time in the M65 category (49:38) and Cath, walking the course, was 29th W60 with 67:12. Helen was unable to run after the first few kilometres, so walked amid the carnival atmosphere, finishing in 75:12.

The majority of Ryston Runners competing at the weekend were much closer to home, in the second race of the club’s own Cross Country Grand Prix Series. See the back page for details.

At the Ryston Runners AC annual meeting on Thursday, Gareth Hunt succeeded Andy Smith as chairman, a post Smith had held for five years. Richard Dickson took over the mantle of secretary from Georgina Allen, and Helen Sewell took over as social secretary from Lesley Robins. The club’s allocated London Marathon places went to Andy Harrod and Lesley Robins.