Sunday saw half a dozen Ryston Runners pitting themselves against the marathon distance.
The fastest time of the day was recorded in Manchester by debutant marathoner Ian Milburn, whose 3:10:26 brought him home just 40 seconds ahead of Will Honeybone (3:11:06, PB).
Mark Doughty was delighted to finish about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, clocking 3:26:04, a 30-min PB.
Other times: Maureen Wolfe 3:48:29 (2nd in the W55 category, PB by 25 mins and a club record by half an hour), and Keith Morris 4:00:10.
Barry Smith took on the hilly Bungay course on the first of his back to back marathon weekends. He finished in 4:10:17, but has learned a lot ready for his crack at the London course this weekend.
In the accompanying half marathon Danny Rock was second overall in 80:39 while the remarkable Pete Johnson was 9th overall and pipped into second place in the M60 category. 84:34 was a few seconds outside his club age group record.
Bungay Festival of Running was completed by a 10K event in which Lorena Latisaite had a successful comeback after a layoff with shin splints, placing 31st in a field of almost 220, and claiming 3rd place in the Senior Women’s category.
Times: Latisaite 44:29, Martin Blackburn 51:15 and Sue Smith 69:04.
Cath Duhig took part in her first 20K racewalk for two years at the UKA Championships at Minet Park, Hillingdon, London. Lack of speed endurance training took its toll but Cath still finished within her target, clocking 2:16:57, which earned 8th overall in the women’s field and a silver medal in the Southern Area RWA Championships.
On Sunday (London Marathon day) there is a racewalking championship event in Downham. The field will feature some of the country’s top masters competitors contesting the British Championships over 20K. There is also a 10K race which includes the Eastern Veterans AC Championships, and a “try it” 5K walk for beginners. The races start on Wimbotsham Road in Downham at 11am, with registration up to half an hour before that at the Sports Federation building on the Memorial Playing Field.
A few junior athletes started their track and field campaigns for 2015.
At Stevenage on Saturday three represented Norfolk in the Youth Development League.
Results: Annie Rooks 2:34.86 4th in the U20 800m, 5:11.42 5th U17 1500m, both A string races; Hannah Brown 4th U17 300m A 42.85 and part of the 4 x 300m relay squad; Ed Borrmann second U20 A Pole Vault 4m 25, 4th A Javelin 35m 28, and ran the 400m hurdles for team points.
On Sunday five members took part in a combined team at the first Eastern Young Athletics League fixture at Ipswich. Thea Howlett, in her first Javelin competition with the new weight, took the club U15 record (21.38m). She also had PBs in 800m (2:28.1) and 200m (29.5) and was in the winning relay quartet.
Mackenzie Pilkington long-jumped to within 10cm of the club U13B record, 4m74, and ran a PB in the 200m (28.17).
Robert McQueen had PBs in 100m (14.0) and 200m (28.9), plus long jump 3.81m. Charlie Wakefield broke 2:30 in the 800m for the first time, also doing shot putt, and Rooks bagged a PB over 200m.
All of these members completed a lot on the track last year and it’s great to see them all reaping in the rewards.
Nelson Knee Nobbler – Richard Dickson ran in this approx 10.5K event over beach and sand dune trails at Horsey, completing the course in 51:18.