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In terms of distance, the big event for five members of Ryston Runners AC was the Positive Steps Norfolk 100k.

It was an ultra event combining 22 miles along Peddars Way with more than 40 along the Norfolk Coast Path, featuring the shingle bank at Cley and the notorious Beeston Bump towards the end.

First of the Ryston group to finish was Dan Yallop who, despite sacrificing a potential podium place to support a fellow runner finding the last eight miles hard, still finished fourth overall.

Karen Smith, Graeme Leeson, Caine Burton, Dan Yallop and Rob Skillings.
Karen Smith, Graeme Leeson, Caine Burton, Dan Yallop and Rob Skillings.

He was second in the male 35 category in 10 hours 38 minutes 26 seconds for a personal best by more than an hour with which he declared himself very happy.

Rob Skillings – who had run the Angles Way 100k the previous weekend – Graeme Leeson, and Caine Burton finished within seconds of each other within the 13 hours 19 minutes sector.

They had made a pact at the start to run it together whatever happened and crossed the finish line shoulder to shoulder, having all hit the wall at different times and sticking by each other, and encouraging each other to the finish.

Caine particularly was delighted with this result, having had to pull out of the previous year’s event due to injury, and putting this year’s success down to the help Graeme and Rob had given him throughout the build up to the run.

The icing on the cake for him was receiving his Grand Slam trophy for having completed the St Edmunds 50k, Peddars Way Ultra and this event all within the same 12 month period.

The three finished in 17th, 18th, and 19th places overall with Caine fourth M35, Rob third M40 and Graeme second M50.

Karen Smith, the sole Ryston female in the race, completed the distance in 14 hours 6 minutes to take the honours in the F50 category. Unsurprisingly, Ryston won the team element of this competition.

Numbers-wise, the bigger event at the weekend was the Sublime Peterborough 10k, in which 10 Ryston members featured, despite one of them being listed as Royston Runners and wearing the livery of yet another club altogether.

Jane Ashby described the course as “largely offroad but so beautiful, with the lake, river and wild flowers”.

Matty Parker, Nigel Kenny, George Pettit, Jason Cooper, Ethan Taylor; front Jane Ashby, Wendy Fisher, Julie Williamson, Justin Walker.
Matty Parker, Nigel Kenny, George Pettit, Jason Cooper, Ethan Taylor; front Jane Ashby, Wendy Fisher, Julie Williamson, Justin Walker.

Waxing lyrical, and being somewhat surprised by the windy conditions, Jane still managed to finish 170th overall and second W70 in 53:35.

She was the only Ryston Runner to make the podium as there were several near misses, notably Jason Cooper fourth M35 in 24th place overall with 39:20 and Julie Williamson fourth W35 in 107th overall with 48:42.

Sixth place in their age categories went to Nigel Kenny M55, 94th overall in 47:45, and Wendy Fisher W55, 258th overall in 59:25, while George Pettit claimed seventh in M50, 73rd overall, in 45:40, and Justin Walker eighth in M45, 44th overall, in 42:15.

Ethan Taylor placed 57th/16th SM in 43:38 while Matty Parker was 17th M45/127th with 50:17. More than 450 runners finished the race.

Track and field action over the weekend covered the entire club age spectrum with the Norfolk Schools Championships in Norwich on Saturday, the British Masters Athletic Federation Championships at Derby on both days and the second match of this year’s Southern Athletic League campaign at Finsbury Park on Sunday.

Nine Ryston Runners members competed under their schools’ names at Norwich on Saturday with the best of the honours going to Miles Hovell (U17) with a win in the discus with a best of 31m 76cm and second in the javelin with a throw of 33.77.

Charley Wheatley (U15) finished second in both of her events with 1.30m in the high jump and 4.54m in the long jump.

For the senior boys, Liam Clare won the long jump competition with a best of 5.73m and Kieran Bell was second with 5.52m, also placing third in the triple jump with 11.56m.

For the junior girls, Abi Bransgrove finished seventh in the 100m final in 14.4secs and set herself a new personal best of 2:43.8 in the 800m. Mia Hollingsworth ran two personal bests of 14.5s in the 100m and 31.4s in the 200m.

For the intermediate boys, Riley Bell finished fourth in the long jump with a best of 4.60m and ran 13.0ssec in the 100m.

In the intermediate girls, Freya Knight finished fifth in the 80m hurdles with 14.0secs. Shannon Wheatley jumped 1.25m in the high jump for fourth and finished sixth in the long jump in 3.97m.

At the BMAF Championships, Chris Palmer reduced his own recently set M70 club records in the sprints by 1.7 and 0.7 seconds in 100m and 200m respectively, clocking fifth place in 100m with 15.23 and fourth in 200m with 30.92, both events being run as A and B heats rather than head-to-head races.

Chris was quick to give credit to the support he has received at Ryston for his recent progress, and particularly the advice and guidance of Gaye Clake.

Pat Oakes managed to notch up wins in the W75 long and triple jumps before being forced out of any further competition by an injury incurred in the fifth round of the latter.

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