Ryston Runners saw in the New Year in force, turning out in numbers to support the Marham New Year’s Eve Duathlon and 10K run, at which they comprised over one-third of the field and mopped up most of the honours.
In the Duathlon winner Daniel Guppy and third placed Nic Bensley competed for Ryston, as did fourth placed Alistair Doig, Richard Watson in sixth, and Kevin Taylor and Jeremy Navrady, 15th and 126th respectively. Guppy covered the 20K cycle and 10K run in 70:53, while Bensley came in three minutes later.
Ryston’s men took second and third places in the 10K, with Warren Armstrong disposing of the windswept perimeter course in 36:10 and Malcolm Tuff in 37:06.
Tuff’s time indicated a pleasing return from recent injury and rated as 83.5pc in Masters Age Grading terms, surpassed only by the redoutable Pete Johnson, one of the country’s top M60s, who recorded a season’s best of 38:41 in sixth place overall, an impressive 86% performance.
Ryston’s women went one better than the men, cleaning up the top three places, with Lorena Latisaite first (42:18) Mel Reed second 43:19), and Lesley Robins third (44:33).
Last finishers for Ryston were Cath Duhig 103rd and Marie French 105th, who walked the course in 65:36 and 66:50 respectively, a particularly notable achievement for French, after aggressive repair surgery on a badly broken ankle.
Jenny Balmer was Ryston’s sole representative at the Ely New Year’s Eve 10K event, finishing in 54:51, 351st of 566.
On New Year’s Day James O’Neill finished sixth in the Wymondham NYD 10K in 33:28, less than half a minute shy of the club M35 record, and Stephen Twell was 185th in 45:29.
Other Ryston Marham NYE results: 7 Darren Easter 40:11, 9 Martin Ive 40:31, 10 Gareth Hunt 41:17, 11 Dan Pratt 41:36, 15 Shaun Mann 42:33, 17 Barry Smith 42:50, 18 Richard Dickson 43:09, 20 Les Scott 43:34, 30 Mark Doughty 46:27, 38 Geraldine Jordan 47:27 (PB), 39 Martin Blackburn 47:49, 41 Maureen Wolfe 48:18, 49 Karen Wood 49:48, 51 Jordan Humm 50:17, 53 Karen Smith 50:47, 54 Keith Morris 50:51, 55 Anna Seaman 51:02, 58 Jill Davis 52:00, 59 Wendy Fisher 52:18, 60 Katie Moyle 52:50, 62 Helen Melville 52:53, 65 Cheryl Brown 53:13 PB, 66 Sarah Partridge 54:39, 67 Andrew Green 54:51, 72 Andy Harrod 55:45, 77 Georgina Allen 56:14, 85 Tamlyn Hegarty 59:55, 86 Simon Tarling 59:55, 95 Mick Ennis 62:44, 96 Helen Sewell 62:53.
l Four Ryston Runners ladies, Mel Reed, Lesley Robins, Pauline Drewery and Maureen Wolfe, tackled the Reepham Cross Country Race as their first race of the New Year.
Having decided to run together as a team, they set a steady pace on a gentle section of Marriott’s Way.
They were then tipped into a thigh deep bog, followed by a chest deep river.
This was followed a mile or so further by a ditch jump and a scramble along the bed of another river, and a shimmy under the footbridge. Two laps of this amounted to almost 10k which they finished in a time of 59.14, 58th-61st of 78 adult competitors. The profits from the race, organised by Reepham Runners, will be donated to Children in Need.
Wolfe commented: “This is amazing value at just £5 for affiliated club members, with hot drinks and biscuits and a medal included. A small and friendly race, which could be better supported.”