On a cool December Saturday morning 37 Ryston Runners, plus many helpers and supporters, turned up at the Lynn parkrun as it was the club’s designated Race Of The Month, writes Andy Harrod.
It was quite fitting that the club had so many there as over the year it has gained a lot of new members from this free weekly event and to make up a quarter of the running field pays testament to how popular this free run has become.
Many members chose to wear fancy dress for Christmas, as the photo shows. Malcolm Tuff ran with a cold but still lowered the Lynn M50-55 course record.
l The absence of official fixtures over the festive weekend did not stop some 50 members of Ryston Runners AC reporting to Shouldham Warren for some competition in the form of the annual Christmas Relays.
After a mass warm-up run, participants were divided into teams of three, and then set the task of covering 12 laps of the club’s regular Under 9 XC course.
As an inflated balloon was used instead of a baton, with the rule being a team must be in possession of it at all times, there was room for much skulduggery and sabotage, though without interfering with anyone’s actual running (much).
The fastest team was probably that comprised Adam Matthews, Caroline Wakefield, and Aylisha Cain.
However, the highlight for most was the sight of the club’s coach, former chairman and welfare officer, Martin Ive, being chased through the forest “Benny Hill style” by several junior runners bent on seeing justice done in the light of him being the main perpetrator of the mischief and mayhem.
Despite the fun, this event also provided a much needed, quality workout for those taking part, many of whom had their minds on the Ely 10K on Wednesday (New Year’s Eve).