Tuff breaks club record of 20 years

Ryston Runners XC Shouldham
Ryston Runners XC Shouldham
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Soggy conditions for the second race in the Ryston Runners Cross Country Grand Prix series on Sunday didn’t stop Malcolm Tuff.

He marked his change of age group status during the week by breaking a club record that had stood for some 20 years over 9K, setting a time of 30:29 for the 9k “long” course at Shouldham.

Other “place-takers” from the home club included Marie French (1st SW), Kelly De-Gol (1st W35), Lesley Robins (1st W40), Maureen Wolfe (1st W55), Marcus Hawkins (2nd M40), Martin Ive (2nd M45), Pauline Drewery (2nd W45), Sarah Taylor (3rd W45), Karen Wood (2nd W50), Jill Davis (2nd W55) and Sine Cain (3rd W55).

This last set of results represents a Ryston clean sweep in that category.

For Wood, like Tuff, it was the first time in a new age group, an experience shared by Paul Firmage, new M60, and Jeff Reed, M70.

In the junior events Annie Rooks and Alysha Cain cleaned up in the U17 girls and Kit Howlett and Mia Moore went home with third places in U11B and G categories respectively.

Other Ryston results. Junior: U9B - 6 David McQueen, 17 Harvey Judd, 25 George Evans, 38 Charlie Isbill. U11B - 8 Ben Smith, 10 Liam Clare. U13B - 8 Bailey Took. U11G - 5 Anna Wood, 12 Lily Teasdale, 13 Bea Honeybone. U13G - 4 Thea Howlett, 17 Saffron Teasdale. U15G - 9 Gabrielle Clare.

Senior/Masters, SM: 5 Che Plant,6 Andrew Simmonds, 8 Daniel Guppy, 11 Michael Howlett, 12 Matt Wortley, 16 Phil Twite, 20 Kevin Smith, 24 Mark Germany. M40 - 5 Martin Sheldrick, 6 Sean Mann, 10 Darren Easter, 16 Phil Thompson, 17 Mark Doughty. M45 - 6 Sean Sands,11 Andy Smith, 15 David Lane, 16 Martin Hammond, 17 Jeremy Navrady, 18 Simon Tarling. M50 - 5 Tony Savage, 7 Kevin Taylor. M55 - 7 Christopher Milnes, 8 Martin Blackburn, 13 Keith Morris. M60 - 9 Paul Firmage 15 Jeff Reed, 18 Peter Witley.

SW: 4 Lorena Latisaite, 8 Liz Simmonds. W35 - 5 Anna Seaman, 6 Katie Wilson, 8 Mel Watts, 10 Julie Barrow. W40 - 4 Julie Wacey. W45 - 4 Linda Marshall, 5 Karen Smith, 6 Wendy Fisher, 8 Helen Reed. W50 - 7 Sue Smith. W55 - 5 Georgina Allen, 10 Gill Hart.

n Peter and Cath Duhig took part in the Valencia 10K on Sunday, and were blown away by the spectacular start/finish setting of the iconic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

Peter was pleased to record a sub 50-minute time for the first time in 18 months after some prolonged injury setbacks, to place 1501st overall and 12th in the Veterano F category.

Cath, also taking things gently due to injury rehab, walked to a time of 66:14, which placed her 6495th, and 14th in her new Veterana F age group.