At the Moulton five-mile racewalk last weekend Ryston Runners had three representatives.
Liz Blakie recorded the best time of the three, 54:27 (31st/7th woman), with Paul Firmage next home in 43rd place in 57:39. Sue Smith finished in 60th place in 66:33.
As well as the junior successes at the second day of the Norfolk County Championship, at UEA, David Lane retained his senior Triple Jump title with a PB of 9m 86, having already recorded a PB in the fourth round, and having only just unpacked his spikes after moving house.
James O’Neill added the 5000m to his title tally, running the 12.5 laps in 16:37.1.
Stuart Chisholm took the Senior Men’s Pole Vault with 3m 20 and Ed Borrmann sewed up the U20 competition with 4m.
The following weekend Borrmann, now a second claim Ryston member, improved on his own club record by vaulting 4m 40 to take the bronze medal at the Southern Counties Championships.
On the roads, Danny Rock made it into the top 10 in a high quality field at the Southend Half Marathon, with a PB of 79:34. At the Diss 10K Phil Twite recorded a 10-second PB of 39:20 in good running conditions. Will Honeybone’s time of 40:54 was disappointing after his recent good form.
Nic Bensley notched up a pleasing victory in the Horsey Dune Run Nelson Knee Knobbler over a testing sandy and hilly 10K course, in 42:17. Richard Dickson was 9th in 50:20.
Several Ryston juniors took part in the Downham Games on Sunday, including Bea Honeybone and David MacQueen, who both placed second in their competition categories. For Bea this was almost as thrilling as meeting and having her photo taken with Norwich City football stars, the Murphy twins.
Ben Smith won his age group, and Lane (50) was runner-up in men 40+ athletics.
A small team of Ryston juniors joined other local athletes at the EYAL match at Cambridge on Sunday.
There were some really impressive improvements shown by the girls. Mia Moore in the 800m flew off ahead of the field, and was rewarded with a new PB by four seconds (2:50.8). Anna Wood recorded a PB of 2:55.6.
Both Anna and Mia also jumped personal best distances in Long Jump, as did sisters Meg and Kate Willis. Meg also ran a best in 100m (15.9) and Kate performed well in the High Jump and 1500m.
Thea Howlett showed her versatility in a number of events, with new bests in shot and Long Jump (6.77 m and 4.35 m).
Thea also ran the 300m in 45sec and the girls relay to finish off a weekend which started on Saturday at the Anglian Schools Championships competing for Norfolk against Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. In her 800m she ran a new PB of 2.23.1 to come third which is an excellent achievement for a first year U15. Thea has been selected to compete for Norfolk in the Eastern combined event championships at Chelmsford on June 28.
Thea’s brother Kit was just shy of 4 metres in the Long Jump which is fantastic for his age. Annie Rooks performed well in the Javelin and 1500m.
Mackenzie Pilkington continued his successful season in the Long Jump, 4.83 metres. Alex Williams, who is still new to the team, took two seconds in the U13 100m and 200m.
Hannah Brown ran a 300m 3rd, 42.3, and 200m 5th, 27.14.