Ryston Runners member Callum Stanforth celebrated Easter with a pleasing comeback run in the Trowse 10K at Norwich on Sunday.
After a layoff due to a virus and slight injury worries, Stanforth took the race by the horns and battled it out over a demanding course with a CoNAC host club athlete, just losing out in the dying seconds to place second in 34:45.
Two other Ryston members featured in the race results: Mark Doughty 91st in 44:39 and Martin Blackburn 423rd in 62:04.
There were also three Ryston Runners involved in the Active Fakenham Town Centre 5k.
John O’Neill was the first home from the club finishing fifth in a time of 18:11. Next was Darren Easter in 10th with a time of 19:20 and then Neil Stapleton, just a few places behind, in 19:50.
Lily Teasdale took park in the Lee Valley Under 13 track championships. She set new personal bests in both the hurdles and 200m, the former reflecting her courage in carrying on after she had fallen in a hurdles race earlier in the competition.
l The popularity of the Ryston Runners training evenings at Alive Lynnsport has been so great, the sessions will continue to run into April.
The free training sessions are for anyone wishing to get prepared for the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run. Each of the weekly sessions is led by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will continue take place on Wednesdays between 7 and 8pm at Alive Lynnsport – with the final session on Wednesday, April 20.
Aimed at beginners and improvers wanting to enter the Bespak GEAR, the sessions will include track work, practice runs and practical advice about equipment, techniques and what to wear, helping runners to prepare for race day on Sunday, May 1.
Alive Leisure race director Roger Partridge said: “The popularity of these sessions just continues to grow. With just five weeks left to enter the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run, it’s the perfect time to take the plunge, get your entry in and attend the Ryston Runners’ sessions to give your training a boost and lift your confidence.”
Gareth Hunt, chair of Ryston Runners, added: “Good preparation is the key to success in any race. These sessions are free of charge and suitable for complete beginners as well as regular runners and we welcome everyone. Whatever level you are running at, the sessions will be fun and everyone will come away with some great tips.”
There is no charge and no need to register, just turn up at Alive Lynnsport.
To support the training evenings there is also a training plan, designed by former Olympian Paul Evans, on the Bespak GEAR website www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk. Alternatively join the Park Run in The Walks every Saturday: register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/kingslynn/.
The Bespak Grand East Anglia Run takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2016, with the main 10k race starting at 10.45am in the Tuesday Market Place in Lynn, and the mini GEAR fun run starting at 10am. The fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town’s key heritage and retail areas.
The course is suitable for runners of all abilities, including wheelchair athletes.
The Bespak GEAR is a UKA and BARR Gold-Graded event. The cost of entry is £18 for affiliated runners and £20 for unaffiliated runners. To enter, runners must be aged 15 or over on race day. The Bespak Mini GEAR 1.2m fun run is open to anyone over 6 years of age (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult). The cost of entry for Bespak Mini GEAR is £7.00 for adults, £6.00 for under 16s and £5.00 for under 8s.
There are generous cash prizes for Bespak GEAR category winners and everyone taking part will receive a quality medal and goody bag.
Enter online now at www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk.
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