Ryston Runners AC had a more successful week, in part due to an increase in the numbers participating in the two most recent matches.
On Wednesday at Lynnsport, both the men’s and women’s teams won their respective matches in the EMAC (Eastern Masters) League and look assured of places in the finals on September 11 at Bedford.
Both teams recorded multiple individual event wins. Additionally, Daniel Yellop set a new club record M35 in the 400m Hurdles (65.5), Hammer (18m 07) and Shot (9m 94), while Ian Hogarth set a new club best of 2m 20 in the M35 Pole Vault.
Martin Simmonds set new club M75 bests in Long Jump (2m 91) and Hammer (11m 46), competing as an M50.
Stuart Howlett was just 6cm shy of the club M50 Shot record.
On Saturday the fourth match of the Southern Athletics League was at Bury St Edmunds, meaning a few more athletes than usual were able to travel to the venue, enabling the team to finish in a strong second place and make the prospect of retaining their place in Division Two for next season a little more realistic.
During a busy afternoon, Holly Chen set a new U17G club record in the Triple Jump, with a distance of 9.83m. Gabrielle Clare set three new personal bests: 4.14m (Long Jump), 15.2 (100m) & 21.6 (100H).
Caitlin Harris-Doy set new bests in the High Jump (1.43m) and Triple Jump (9.23m).
Lorena Latisaite had a good day on the track with PBs in the 1500 (5:37) and 400 Hurdles (79.2).
Mel Reed ran a new best of 65.2 in the 400m.
Callum Stanforth took four seconds off his 800m PB with a time of 2:02.4.
Che Plant ran 59.1 in 400m to set a new PB, and Tom Barnes Hooker dipped under 65 seconds in the 400 Hurdles (64.4) to win his race. There were also wins for Robert Simmonds (3000m Steeplechase 10:48.8, Javelin 46.48m).
English Schools: Ryston athletes Hannah Brown and Kate Willis took part at Gateshead, having come through the testing qualification process. See page 100.
In the Quad Kids event at Great Yarmouth David MacQueen won the Junior Boys age group, running a PB of 11.3 in the 75m and 2:06 in the 600m.
George Evans set a new PB for overall points as well as a 1.5 second PB of 12.9 in the 75m.
Bailey Took won the older age group with individual wins in the 800m and 100m.
Wroxham 5km: Because Race 2 in the Wroxham 5K Series was called off due to adverse weather conditions, those having their second run out were actually in Race 3, which was the 20th birthday of this event and also included the Norfolk County 5k Road Championships.
Nine Ryston athletes took part last Wednesday with three achieving PBs: Andy Smith (16:50), Richard Watson (18:15) and Neil Stapleton (18:46).
Pete Johnson finished second in the M60 age group in 18:42. Adam Matthews ran 17:02, Gareth Hunt 18:05, Barry Smith 20:33, Katie Moyle 25:14, and Sophie Weaver 25:39,
Darren Smith hung on doggedly in the Tenby Marathon on Sunday, despite suffering from a severe stomach upset, to complete the distance in 4.27 hours.