Ryston Runners athletes shine at Olympic site

l-r Robert Simmonds, Chris Balmer, Andrew Simmonds, plus their fellow team member, Andrew Gardiner from C&C, at the Great Team Relay event. tHnztnbiE_qZwV4H8bTT
l-r Robert Simmonds, Chris Balmer, Andrew Simmonds, plus their fellow team member, Andrew Gardiner from C&C, at the Great Team Relay event. tHnztnbiE_qZwV4H8bTT

A handful of Ryston Runners had the awesome experience of running in the 2012 Olympic Stadium this week, taking part in events that finished within its bounds.

On Thursday Andrew Simmonds celebrated his birthday by taking part in the Great Team Relay corporate event, in which he was joined in the Blue Frontier Engineering team by his brother Robert, and fellow Ryston member Chris Balmer. Together with a member from Cambridge & Coleridge AC they made their mark on the event by winning the 4 x 5K event outright.

Geraldine Jordan with the Hancock Handicap trophy Amqob-A-VVEI2wMRoVGG

Geraldine Jordan with the Hancock Handicap trophy Amqob-A-VVEI2wMRoVGG

Leg time details: Chris Balmer 17.14, Andrew Gardiner 17:40, Robert Simmonds 17:58, Andrew Simmonds 18:52.

Also in Olympic Park on Sunday was Pauline Drewery, who ran the Great Newham 10K in 49:15, a disappointing time by her standards but compensated for by what she described as “a fab finish” in the Olympic Stadium. Drewery was sixth in her category.

She commented, too, that conditions were on the warm side for running, a view shared by Eamonn McCusker who ran in the St Ives 10K and recorded a below-par 47:16. The erratic placing of the ‘K’ markers made gauging pace a bit tricky and the headwind on the exposed airbase course did not seem to transpose into a helpful tailwind on the return part.

The club held its annual five-mile “Hancock Handicap” event on Thursday , the winner this year being Geraldine Jordan. More results on the right.