The fourth event in the 2014/15 Series of the Ryston Runners Cross Country GP series was held on Sunday on a bright and frosty morning in Shouldham Warren.
There was a good turnout from the home club, with dominant running in many of the race categories.
Two of the first three across the line were members of Ryston, with Callum Stanforth impressing in second place in the Senior Men’s race and Malcolm Tuff, third overall, annihilating the M50 category.
Tuff lowered the long-standing M50 record by 11 secs to 16.49 and became the fastest Ryston M50 to go sub 17 on the “short” course.
That means he has now bagged the club record for his age group over each of the three distances since turning 50 in November last year.
His sights are now on the track ones.
As well as Tuff’s, there were category wins in the Men’s races for Marcus Hawkins (M40), Nic Bensley (M45), and Pete Johnson (M60).
Prize places were also achieved by Martin Sheldrick (3rd M40), Martin Ive (3rd M45), and Christopher Milnes (3rd M55).
In the women’s races the precedent was set by Annie Rooks (1st) and Aylisha Cain (2nd) in the U17 Girls’ category, and carried on with a whitewash of the W55 race , led by Maureen Wolfe, with Jill Davis 2nd and Sine Cain 3rd.
Other prizewinners were Marie French (2nd SW), Julia Norman and Katie Wilson, (2nd/3rd W35), Lesley Robins (2nd W40), Linda Marshall and Karen Smith (2nd/3rd W45), and Karen Wood (3rd W50).
Earlier, in the Junior races, there had been PBs for Kit Howlett (2nd U11B), Bailey Took (4th U13B), George Evans (16th U9B), and Bea Honeybone (11th U11G).
Charlie Wakefield was the club’s only junior winner , in the U13 Boys’ race.
Other Ryston results:
U9B: 8 Oakley Took; 12 Malaki Took; 17 Harvey Judd; 26 Sam Doughty.
U11B : 5 Harry Wakefield; 12 Ben Smith.
U11G: 4 Meg Willis; 5 Mia Moore; 7 Anna Wood; 16 Lily Teasdale.
U13G: 4 Kate Willis; 8 Saffron Teasdale. U15G: 8 Georgia Sandover
SM: 4 Robert Simmonds; 5 Gareth Hunt; 6 Adam Matthews; 8 Michael Howlett; 10 Ian Milburn; 17 Kevin Smith.
SW: 9 Kirsty Bunting; 10 Kathryn Wolfe.
M40: 4 Shaun Mann; 5 Will Honeybone; 6 Darren Easter; 8 Mark Doughty; 9 Richard Dixon; 11 Mark Germany.
M45: 9 Barry Smith; 10 David Lane; 11 Martin Hammond; 12 Jeremy Navrady; 14 Simon Tarling; 15 Andy Smith. W45: 5 Helen Reed.
M50: 4 Tony Savage; 5 Kevin Taylor. W50: 8 Sue Smith.
M55: 4 Keith Morris; 5 Martin Blackburn. W55: 4 Liz Blakie; 6 Georgina Allen.
M60: 5 Paul Firmage; 6 Peter Duhig; 13 Jeff Reed (M70).
l Earlier in the week, two junior club members had competed in their County Schools Cross Country Championships .
Charlie Wakefield was third U13 boy.
The first three were very close but Ipswich runner Jack Weaver, ranked sixth in the all time U11 parkrun, managed to outrun Charlie and a Bury athlete by a mere 10 metres.
Charlie, who attends Culford Prep School in Suffolk, has now qualified for the Anglian schools to be held at the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich on February 7.
Charlie’s younger brother Harry also ran in the same race and, although only 9 years old, managed to finish in 22nd place.
For much of the race, Harry was in the top 14 but slipped and fell badly on a log.
Although disappointed, Harry still has two more years in this age group.