Ryston Runners line up for rearranged Marham Flyers showpiece
Three dozen Ryston Runners members lined up for the rearranged Marham Flyers 10k on Sunday – an event postponed from New Year’s Eve 2020.
Starting in pairs at staggered intervals, several competitors reported themselves to have found the warm and windy conditions quite challenging when combined with a lack of recent race experience.
Most competitors were just happy to be out running together again.
Callum Stanforth topped the list, recording the fastest time run on the day of 35.24 and others ducking under 40 minutes were: 5 Danny Smith 38.34, 6 Oliver Foxwell 38.37, 11 Nic Bensley 39.14 and 12 Martin Sheldrick 39.19.
Darren Easter found the return to racing in the conditions a bit of a shock, but will soon be back to his usual form, but just slipped outside the 40 on this occasion, recording 40.08 for 14th place while Ben Foxwell was 16th in 41.24.
A ding dong battle between Ian Todd and Martin Healey saw Toddy nip ahead by one second, so they placed 28th and 29th respectively in 43.04 and 05.
Stewart Robins and Barry Smith (second claim Ryston) had a similar personal battle, the former finishing in 49.12 and Smith in 49.14, for 69th and 70th.
Kirsty Butters was first of the Ryston women to finish, 40th in 44.50, ahead of Lesley Robins, 49th in 45.44
Charlie Wilson recorded a PB for the course on a day when many struggled with the weather conditions and the shock to the system of being able to race again.
Other Ryston results: 31 Dan Pratt 43.21, 35 Owen Jary 44.06, 38 Tony Savage 44.41, 56 Kate Penn 47.10, 59 Kevin Howlett 47.40, 67 Anna Smith 48.55, 74 Linda Marshall 49.45, 75 Shaun Hamer 49.52, 79 Lisa Harris 50.31, 83 Julie Barrow 51.20, 92 Wendy Fisher 52.38, 94 Elaine Lumley 53.17, 104 Tiegan Moore 54.57, 112 Ruby Smith 56.18, 157 Charlie Wilson 65.04, 158 Dan Moore 65.05, 167 Richard Wilkins 66.39, 184 Mick Ennis 77.24.
For Ennis, this 10k was his 126th since lockdowns started, an awesome achievement by the almost octogenarian.
One member on the Marham list who did not actually race there on Sunday was Helen Melville, who was instead busy competing in the colours of KL Tri Club in the Duathlon at Ely, in which she was placed third in her age group.
Sarah Partridge, meanwhile, took part in the Positive Steps Bury to Clare 18 mile off-road event and recorded a time of three hours 51 minutes.
It was the first race of the year for the distance runners from West Norfolk Athletic Club.
With a staggered start for social distancing and in breezy conditions, first home for West Norfolk was Neil Stapleton in a respectable 40.24.
Deep into his marathon training Ben Collison took his effort as a training run. Richard Dickson had a strong run in 44.18 and Rob Gosnell’s was pleased with his 51.27.