Downham Market Ryston Runner Matt second GB male in Lisbon Half Marathon

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The wind was definitely a factor in the performances of Ryston Runners competing on home ground this weekend, whereas it was the prospect of heat that faced two who were racing abroad.

Matt and Lisa Pyatt were in Lisbon for the half marathon, where a different style of organisation complicated their participation.



Unable to access the front of the start, Matt ran the first part of the course well below his planned pace but then enjoyed ploughing through the field.

He passed literally hundreds of other runners, to achieve his final placing, 58th out of 10,500, sixth in his category and second GB male, with a time of 1:14:44.

Lisa was going well initially, even finding herself ahead of Matt at one point, but suffered from a stitch, which meant she had to slacken her pace.

There was a problem with her race chip which meant her finishing position and time were not recorded.

Penny Seeger tackled the half marathon distance for the first time this year, posting a time of 1:42:21 in the windswept Welwyn Half.

Tim Rudd and Martin Heeley claimed that they had to battle against a head wind for the whole of the Mad Hare 10K at Coltishall, part of the Jaguars’ annual 10K series.

Despite this, Martin was a mere second adrift of his PB time, clocking 41:43 in 59th place overall out of almost 450 finishers.

A couple of minutes before him, Pete Johnson had become the first Ryston Runner to finish, in 30th place/ 1st M60 in 41:43, and Christopher Milnes finished in 52:45 in 208th place.

Tim Rudd was 84th in 45:14, and another step towards his major goal of the year, the Virgin London Marathon next month.

A relatively novice runner, Tim is motivated by his aim to raise funds for a charity called PTSD Resolution, which helps military personnel dealing with post traumatic stress and other mental health issues.