Ryston Runners well represented at King's Lynn race
Ryston Runners Athletics Club members were well represented at Sunday’s sun-drenched GEAR race in Lynn.
Indeed, for three of the club, this was a regular feature on their racing calendar as Nic Bensley, David Lane and Helen Sewell have been present on the start – and finish – lines of every one of the 13 races to date.
Some of the club’s most loyal junior athletes were also now old enough to tackle the distance for the first time.
Once again this year the club had members featuring in the top echelons of the race as well as those trying the distance or the event for the first time.
James O’Neill finished third overall in 33.34 and there was a terrific win for Linda Marshall in the W50 category, which was well deserved after a couple of troubled years.
Richard Ebbs (M40), Malcolm Tuff (M50), and Pete Johnson (M60) were all placed second in their respective categories, with Les Scott picking up a third place in the M60 race.
Others making the top ten in their categories were Nic Bensley (4th M40), Stewart Robins (4th M50), Wendy Fisher (9th W50), Gill Hart (10th W60), and Helen Sewell (5th W70).
In addition to the members listed in the results, three Ryston Runners had responded to an invitation to act as pacers in the event and all acquitted their task with precision.
Keith Morris completed the picturesque route in 49.48 for 566th place overall
Neil Stapleton paced the 40-minute and Mel Reed the 50-minute group to within seconds of target, while Tim Rudd timed the 60-65 minute group to precision, finishing in 62.30.
Pauline Sparrow, a Ryston member but running under a corporate banner in this event, was second W60 in 53.33.
Ryston membership secretary Jon Benstead was in a similar situation and finished in 1,970th place in 70.58.
Andrew McNamara was the 55-minute pacer and Graham Leeson the 60-minute pacer.