Tuff returns to run eighth at Abington

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The six Ryston Runners who took part in the Abington 10K on Sunday near Cambridge all finished in the top 20 per cent of the field of 380.

In a pleasing return to competition Malcolm Tuff, preparing himself for an onslaught on the M50 category next month, made his mark by finishing eighth overall/second M40 in an impressive 35:51.

Chasing him hard was the resurgent young Adam Matthews, who has had a rough couple of years since winning the Junior Men’s race at GEAR, fighting a musculo-skeletal problem. He celebrated his return to competition by recording a PB of 36:08 for 20th place overall. Chasing him hard was Nic Bensley, third M40 in 13th place, in 36:14.

Another close Ryston finish involved Marie French, third woman and 24th overall in 38:25, and returning member Adam Howard, 26th in 38:37. Feeling the pinch of a shin problem, Martin Sheldrick had to reduce his early pace, but still finished in the top 40, 38th in 40:30.

l Last Sunday, on a dry, sunny morning, David Lane of Ryston Runners AC took part in the Race the Train event organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners on behalf of the charity Cross Roads Care.

The race followed a track beside the Bure Valley Narrow Gauge Railway from Aylsham to Wroxham, some 8.9 miles.

A record entry of 141 completed a lap of Aylsham Station car park to allow the field to spread out a little before running alongside the track. The trail was rather narrow with usually enough room for two people to run beside each other and occasionally room for three abreast, so it was a bit tactical for the first few miles.

The race started at 12.15, and the train left Aylsham at 12.40. The trail crossed one level crossing, one road and three bridges. Aiming for eight-and-a-half minute miles, Lane decided to press on and hang on at the finish.

“It’s amazing how quickly you will run when chased by a train,” he said.

He managed to complete the 8.9 miles in 72 minutes and 58 seconds and beat the train by about a minute, finishing in 62nd position. The prize was a medal and train ride back to Aylsham.