Ryston Runners aces honoured at awards

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More than 100 members attended the annual Ryston Runners Awards Dinner at Knights Hill Hotel in Lynn on Saturday evening.

The photo shows some of the recipients of awards on the night.

MLNF Thea H

MLNF Thea H

Back, from left: Callum Stanforth (Silver Hare); Adam Matthews (Junior Endeavour Award); Barry Smith (“Best Male Newcomer”); Andy Harrod (“Tinker’s Trophy”, for Club Ambassador of the Year); Malcolm Tuff (Diamond Standard badge and Fastest Marathon); Martin Sheldrick (“Cheekiest Athlete”); Heather Beattie (XC Handicap Award & Laura Wood Trophy for SAL Female Athlete of the Year); Marlene Simmonds (Committee Award); Gareth Hunt (Robert Wood Trophy for SAL Male Athlete of the Year); Marie French (Gold Standard Badge & Fastest Female Marathon); Martin Simmonds (Committee Award).

Front: Martin Ive (Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Performance); Maureen Wolfe (Diamond Standard & County Chairman’s Award); Andy Smith (Bridget Wood Trophy, Clubperson of the Year); Jill Davis (Best Female Newcomer); Jo Isbill (Gold Standard & Road Runner of the Year); Pauline Sparrow (Diamond Standard); Jane Ashby (Diamond Standard); Sue Smith (Copper Standard & “Most Injured Athlete” award).

Missing from photo: Gaye Clarke (Jack Wilde Track and Field Athlete of the Year); Ian Milburn (Bob Hancock Trophy for “Most Improved Athlete”); Peter Witley (“Izzy Endeavour Award”); Hannah Brown and Ed Borrmann (Nicholls Cups for Junior Track and Field Athletes); Annie Rooks (Junior Athlete of the Year) – these last three referring to Juniors competing in Senior level leagues.

l Thea Howlett is pictured at Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Stadium where on Sunday she took part in her first Southern AA competition as an Under 15.

In the 800m she finished seventh overall, just 0.5 seconds shy of achieving a place in the final, but recording a massive 2.5 seconds improvement on her previous PB time.

Thea’s time of 2:28.5 is the fastest recorded by any Ryston female athlete over the past 12 months.