Ryston Runner Bensley battles to second spot after Endurance test

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The 10K was the distance of choice for those Ryston Runners competing at the weekend.

Nic Bensley kicked things off on Saturday in the Dunwich Endurance Life Trail Race. Having battled it out with the eventual winner for most of the tricky course, he had to settle for second but in a pleasing time of 39:05.

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The Cambridge Town and Gown 10K was a fundraising event for Muscular Dystrophy. The windy, two-lap course was said to have suffered from some lax marshalling, but that didn’t stop Ryston’s Matt Pyatt from placing fifth overall with a time of 34:00 and 1st Masters.

Adam Matthews, who is now beginning to show some of the promising form hinted at when he was a junior runner, posted a PB of 35:15 for a top 15 placing. Lisa Pyatt, returning to competition after a lay off to look after her youngest child, ran 44:53, her second best 10K time ever.

The Bakers & Larners of Holt 10K drew the biggest Ryston numbers. The course was quite hilly and testing, as reflected in the relatively slow winning time of 34:20.

Lorena Latisaite posted a PB of 41:52 while placing third in the SW category, just 11 seconds shy of second place. Third category places also went to another returning mum, Jan Manning (45:23), in the W35s and to Jill Davis (52:33) in W55. Jane Ashby was 1st W60 in 53:10.

First Ryston home was Michael Howlett, the only club member to dip under 40 minutes, (35th in 39:55), with his father, Kevin, next in 42:50 (73rd), just ahead of Barry Smith, who has recently put together back to back marathon and 10Ks, in 43:19 (81st).

Other times: Martin Blackburn 150th place with 48:11, Christopher Milnes (193rd/50:39), Keith Morris (201st/51:05),Sue Smith 341st out of 351 in 67:59.

Jeremy Navrady completed the Dublin Marathon which was his 25th marathon in total, adding: “It was wild, wet and windy, but satisfied with an unconfirmed 3.53.51.”