Wroxham 5K Series
– final race
Thursday saw the running of the rescheduled Race 2 in the popular Wroxham Summer Road Race Series, the original fixture having been abandoned due to flash flooding.
Nine Ryston Runners went across to the Broadland town to complete their participation in the series, several marking the occasion with PB times.
Callum Stanforth’s PB of 16:03 brought him across the line in fourth place overall, third Senior Man.
Malcolm Tuff, just four seconds adrift of his all time PB, dominated the M50 category with 17:10 for 19th place overall. Pete Johnson likewise dominated the M60s with 19:08, and Jane Ashby, having made a cautious return after an injury concern, took second in the W65s.
Gareth Hunt had a great end to the series, breaking 18 minutes for the first time, clocking a PB of 17:43.
Richard Watson ran a PB of 18:22, Neil Stapleton clocked 18:48, both finishing well inside the top 100.
Martin Blackburn (25:26) and Keith Morris (25:53) finished within 10 places of each other, and consecutively in the M55 category.
Adam Matthews, who has been returning to the form he showed as a promising junior athlete before he had knee issues, led the race for almost the first half when taking on the field on Sunday.
Ultimately a lack of race experience meant he didn’t hang onto first place, but he was able to dig in and take third in 36:35. Andy Smith was seventh in 37:45, both clubmates finding the hot and hilly conditions somewhat taxing.
Nelson Knee Knobbler
A warm wind, sand dunes, and seal pups were just a few of the challenges facing the Ryston athletes who chose the Nelson Knee Knobbler on the east Norfolk coast.
Nic Bensley, a veteran of these races, proved he still has what it takes to compete with the best of the field in the 10K event, placing third overall, while Darren Easter was also up there with the top runners, finishing in 6th. Kelly De Gol opted for the 5K course and was second woman to finish.
Cath and Pete Duhig cycled a good five miles to take part in what had previously been billed as a 5K evening race in Alicante province in Spain, only to discover, on completing the second lap of what they had expected to be a four-lap event, that that was it – just about 2500m.
Both placed second in their respective 60-plus categories, with Cath, despite walking the course as usual, also picking up the trophy for being third locally based athlete to finish.