Ryston Runners saw action on the roads as 16 mainly aspiring spring marathon runners tackled the Wymondham 20-mile race.
First home was Nic Bensley, in 16th place overall, 4th M45, in a satisfying 2:10:52. First Ryston woman across the line was Jo Isbill in 2:34:53, which placed her 3rd in her new W50 category.
Jane Ashby was first W60 in 3:09:33, just a tad behind Jeff Reed, 1st M70 in a PB time of 3:05:05.
Mel Reed, Juliette Meek and Julia Norman combined to take the Senior Women’s team honours.
The cool, still conditions enabled several runners to achieve PB times, possibly the most notable being Barry Smith, who chopped 12 minutes off his previous best time in recording 2:45:43.
At the Lincoln 10K, similarly calm and cool conditions led to many successful performances. The first eight Ryston Runners home all recorded PB times.
Matt Pyatt was first of them, with 33:04 gaining him 11th place overall/1st M35. Adam Matthews and Danny Rock crossed the line with just 30 seconds separating them, Matthews’ 35:27 to Rock’s 35:57. Adam Howard and Shaun Mann’s finishes were even closer, Howard timing 37:44 and Mann just 13 seconds later. Martin Sheldrick recorded his PB of 38:34, then Darren Easter broke 40 minutes for the first time, taking 39:45 to finish. Paddy Thompson, 41:27 (PB), made a welcome return to racing.
Relatively new members Richard Dickson and Graeme Leeson acquitted themselves well with 43:09 and a PB 43:53 respectively, while Jo Brooks recorded her best time in over two years with 53:45. Ivan Nunn (55:11), Katie Wilson (58:59), Andy Harrod (59:06) and Mel Watts (59:07) all broke the hour barrier, while Mick Ennis, returning to the roads after an injury lay-off, recorded 63:13 for 7th M70.
Martin Blackburn ran 51.07. Annie Thompson finished just in front with 51.04. New member Kevin Piggott covered the course in 50.54, and Francesca Hall, who was running for a charity and did not feature in the Ryston results list, ran a creditable 41.14 for 6th woman overall.
In the south of the country, Che Plant and Heather Beattie took part in the Fleet Half Marathon, with Plant timing in on 1:21:12 and Beattie 1:31:16.
Even further south, Peter and Cath Duhig took part in the Los Alcazares 10.1K, running alongside the edge of the Mar Menor in eastern Spain.
Peter had one of his best runs for a long time, 4th place in the M60 category in 46:41, while Cath racewalked the course in 67 minutes, which placed her 3rd in the W60.
A report on the final races of the 2014-15 Ryston Runners Cross Country GP Series will be in next week.