Downham Market Ryston Runner Robert’s run May have wowed Prime Minister at Easter

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Easter weekend was not an excuse to keep Ryston Runners from running.

Good Friday saw Robert Simmonds in action in the Maidenhead Easter 10, in a high quality field, as it was the Berkshire County Championships. A nice, flat-ish countryside course saw 50 people complete in sub-60 minutes.

Rob was 32nd out of more than 800 runners in 59:24, his fastest since returning from the stress fracture on his shin but still a couple of minutes shy of his best.

Sub-60 is an impressive target for any runner, let alone one who is also so versatile and successful in track and field as Rob.

One distinctive factor of this race was that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, was marshalling, as she does every year at this event. And yes, she was directing runners to the right!

On Easter Sunday members participated in the Active Fakenham 5K, just one of the events in a day of sport in the town. A surprisingly challenging twisty course, basically five times a 1K lap that went straight down then straight back up, was reflected in the times recorded by the runners on a blustery day.

Even Ryston’s fast man James O’Neill could only win in 17.02. He would normally run sub-16.

Malcolm Tuff, returning to racing after a three-month lay-off, was sixth in 18:06, followed by the ever-improving Darren Easter 7th in 18:46. Pete Johnson was 22nd in 19:57, Lorena Latisaite, 27th in 20:03, Pauline Drewery 62nd in 23:04, and Hayley Hawes 66th in 23:19. Four places separated Keith Morris (116th/27:34) and Andrew Green (120th/28:33). There were no category definitions or awards.

Having run a couple of, by her standards, below par half marathons, Lisa Pyatt went across to Boston (Lincs) to post a time more reflective of her ability on Easter Monday.

The cooler weather conditions, compared with those at the Norwich Half the previous weekend, clearly suited her as she knocked a whopping 7.5 minutes off her time there, recording a “post-Stanley (two year-old son) PB” of 1:42:51, despite tackling a rather “blowy” first five miles.

Another performance like this will see her also beat her all time PB.

Members are tackling the London Marathon this weekend.