The big entry event of the weekend for Ryston Runners AC was the annual Hereward Relay, organised by March AC.
This race covers the (this year very muddy) ground between Peterborough and Ely Cathedrals, in four stages over almost 40 miles.
The club’s entry made up eight of the 109 teams listed for participation.
Team manager Che Plant had the usual challenges of on-the-day drop-outs and substitutions to deal with.
For one team this certainly proved advantageous as Malcolm Tuff gave up his place at the BMAF Home Countries’ International Cross Country Championships to cover for an injured Ryston clubmate and had a storming run over Leg 1 to finish second overall/first Vet.
The only runner ahead of Tuff was also a Ryston member, James O’Neill storming to what has become an habitual win on this leg for him over recent years and getting the A team (O’Neill, Callum Stanforth, Justin Kinsey, Andrew Simmonds) off to a great start which eventually saw them claim an excellent third place overall in the Relay.
Despite the majority of comments about the event referring to “disgusting conditions”, everyone said that they can’t wait for next year.
Ryston team results from Hereward Relay: 3 Ryston North (James O’Neill, Callum Stanforth, Justin Kinsey, Andrew Simmonds) 4:01:31; 10 Ryston Curtain (Malcolm Tuff, Adam Howard, Che Plant, Simon Able) 4:14:30; 23 Ryston May (Michael Howlett, Andy Wicklen, Will Honeybone, Martin Ive) 4:32:22; 42 Ryston Tent (Jo Isbill, Kelly De-Gol, Heather Beattie, Lesley Robins) 4:56:50; 45 Ryston Totem (David Lane, Shaun Mann, Kevin Howlett, Jeremy Navrady) 4:59:57; 69 Ryston Flag (Sean Sands, Pauline Drewery, Karen Smith, Maureen Wolfe) 5:14:42; 86 Ryston South (Mick Ennis, Wendy Fisher, Martin Hammond, Matt Wortley) 5:36:00; Ryston Tad (incomplete team, no first leg runner): Richard Handoll, Georgina Allen, Mel Watts.
The Larking Gower City of Norwich Half Marathon featured nine Ryston runners among the 2235 finishers of the 30th running of the event, again in adverse weather conditions.
First across the line for Ryston was Marcus Hawkins, 72nd/8th M40 in 86:28, with Ian Milburn also making the top 100 in 95th/88:01.Phil Twite finished 225th with 93:12 before Barry Smith ended his battle with the cold and teeming rain in 475th place after running 1:42:31, heading home Mark Doughty, 547th/1:45:05 and Les Scott 608th/1:46:15.
Finishing next were Julia Norman 780th/1:51:02 and Juliette Meek 885th/1:53:51, then Keith Morris completed the Ryston tally as 1297th finisher with a time of 2:02:03.