Athletes from either end of the age scale were competing in track and field for Ryston Runners over the past week.
On Wednesday the Ryston EVAC (Eastern Veterans Athletic Club) team were in action at Cambridge in the last match of this season’s qualifiers before the final at Bedford in September. Both Ryston and Cambridge & Coleridge had already claimed their places so it was a more relaxed evening.
Dan Yellop made his debut in the league for Ryston, and was impressive, powering his way to a definitive win in the M35 200m before anchoring Ryston’s M35 4x100m team of Matt Pyatt, Che Plant, Paul Harrison and himself to a new club age group record.
Despite incurring a hamstring injury in the High Jump, Marlene Simmonds put in a standing throw in excess of 17m in the Discus as part of her effort to help the Women’s team to a fourth match victory in a row.
Like Simmonds, many of the women had taken part in every match, including Liz Blakie, Linda Marshall, Sue Smith, Gaye Clarke and Tanya Daniels.
Delighted team manager Helen Reed celebrated this last match win with a brief appearance as part of the W35 relay team.
Sunday was the last match of the Eastern Young Athletes League, at which there were some brilliant performances in the combined team in blustery conditions in Norwich.
Charlie Wakefield led from the front and won the Under 13 Boys 800m by 18 seconds with a time of 2:26.6. He followed that up with a PB of 30.4 in his 200m. Robert MacQueen, in the same age category, finished second in both the 100m and 200 and third in the Long Jump. Both boys were part of the 4x100m relay team.
In the U13 Girls age group Jessie Kite ran a PB in the 200m (31.7) and Mia Moore jumped a new best in Long Jump (3m 39). In the U15 Girls Thea Howlett, preparing for the Eastern Combined Events Championships, long jumped and hurdled well in difficult conditions before taking 3rd in the 300m (45.9). Annie Rooks finished 3rd in the U17 Girls 1500m.
On the roads on Sunday a dozen Ryston Runners took advantage of sunny conditions and enjoyed a successful day in the Jolly Jaguar 10K at Frettenham. A tricky course saw Callum Stanforth finish second overall in 35:02, and Danny Rock third in 36:40. With Justin Kinsey, 5th overall and M30 age group winner, they formed the winning team.
Other Ryston winners were Wendy Fisher, W45 category in 52:10; and Jane Ashby in the W65 with 53:46.
Just pipping Jane was Keith Morris who ran 53:41. Sarah Partridge 56:02, Andy Harrod 56:34, Cheryl Brown 57:10, Mel Watts 62 mins and Sue Smith 69 mins completed the Ryston turnout .
West Norfolk AC 100metre hurdler Tayla Benson ran personal best time of 14.56 in the recent England AA championships at Bedford. The time in the heats qualified Benson for the final where she finished a creditable 7th against the very best in the UK. Benson now ranks 12th in the UK at the 100m hurdles and 2nd in East Anglia, just a tenth of a second behind an athlete from Peterborough.
Benson , part of the successful West Norfolk AC hurdles training group has improved her sprint hurdles personal best this year from 15.47 to 14.56 . Recent improvements have included a fine 4th place in the South of England Championships, 2nd in the Eastern Championships and a Norfolk Championship first place. Competing for Norfolk in the Youth Development League Benson has also improved her 100m and 200m best times recently.