Ryston’s Robert, 12, sets two personal bests at meeting

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Ryston Runners member Robert MacQueen, 12, bagged himself two personal bests in the Jubilee Cup competition – an annual event pitching schools in Cambridgeshire against one another.

MacQueen, competing for St Bede’s, Cherry Hinton, won the 200 metres in 27.07 and was placed third in the long jump with 4m 41.

This proved to be an excellent warm-up for his participation in the Eastern Counties Championships at the weekend, in which he won gold in both 100m (13.4, PB) and 200m (27.9). 

He also took silver in long jump (4m35).

Also competing at the Eastern Champs, Ed Borrmann claimed the under-20 pole vault gold with a height of 4m 30 and Stuart Chisholm’s vault of 3m00 was good enough for SM gold.

Missing out on the Eastern Championships in order to take part in her first pentathlon competition, Thea Howlett went to the East Anglian Combined Events Championships in Chelmsford.

Howlett expected to be reserve in the Norfolk team, but found herself promoted to a scoring role due to the illness of another athlete.

Unsurprisingly, she rose to the occasion by placing first in the Norfolk team with a points tally of 2400 for ninth place overall out of 24, all more experienced, competitors.

With only three weeks preparation for new events hurdles 14.0, shot putt 7m 08, high jump 1m 36) and a PB on the long jump of 4m 45 Howlett ended her campaign with a solid 800m, which gained her the most points.

The Norfolk under-15 girls team finished fourth out of seven counties in the Eastern region.

This was a fine achievement for Howlett, being a first year U15 competing at this level and she gained valuable experience.

Two Ryston athletes were in the Norfolk YDL squad competing at the weekend.

Annie Rooks was 4th in the under-17 girls A string 1500m in 5.10.23 and Hannah Brown took second places in the under-17 300m A (41.45) and under-20 200m B (27.41).

Brown also competed in the under-17 4 x 300m relay.

n See page 131 for more athletics.