How’s that! Thea takes the athlete of year award prize

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Achievement was celebrated when Ryston Runners’ junior section came together at Lynnsport for their annual awards presentation.

The awards were presented by Gaye Clarke, West Norfolk Sportswoman of the Year and current world W50 Pentathlon (indoor) champion, who spoke inspiringly of the need for commitment, hard work, but, most of all, enjoyment in the pursuit of success.

The main award winners were: U11G – Anna Wood, U11B Kit Howlett. U13G – Thea Howlett, U13B – Robert MacQueen. U15B – Alfie Bobbins. Cross Country, girls – Mia Moore, boys – Charlie Wakefield. Track & Field, girls – Thea Howlett, boys – Mackenzie Pilkington. Newcomer, girls – Sophie-Jane Hearn, boys – Bailey Took. Endeavour Award – David & Robert MacQueen. Outstanding Performance – Mackenzie Pilkington. Athlete of the Year – Thea Howlett.

n On Saturday Kit Howlett celebrated his 10th birthday by competing in an athletics “Minithon” at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. He won all his races, including new PBs in the 60m and 200m, and ending up third in his category. Medals were presented by GB athletics stars Adam Gemili and Ashley Nelson.

Of his club mates, Mia Moore achieved a PB in the 60m, Robert MacQueen excelled in his running events, and David MacQueen produced a particularly fine long jump, making this a memorable day all round for all concerned.

n Two members had a first experience of indoor track competition, representing the Eastern Veterans Athletic Club (EVAC) in the M70 category at Lee Valley on Sunday.

Indeed Jeff Reed and Mick Ennis comprised half the M70 squad, and Jeff was the top Ryston points scorer with 14, coming from the 400m, Shot Putt, Long Jump and 4 x 200m relay. Mick covered the 15 laps of the indoor track to gain points in the 3000m.

Men’s team manager Paul Harrison gained two third places in the M35-49 Long and Triple Jumps, while Peter Duhig was only called into action for the M60 relay. Performance of the day was that of Malcolm Tuff who ran a superbly paced race to take the M50 1500m by a whisker.

Of the Ryston females in action, Cath Duhig placed second in the W50 2000m walk. Gaye Clarke, EVAC women’s team manager, ensured the EVAC women held onto a strong second place and also ran a relay leg.

n James O’Neill and Sue and Kevin Smith took part on Sunday in the Hunny Bell 5.1 mile cross country organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners in aid of BREAK charity. All completed it successfully, with James placing second overall.

n Charlie and Harry Wakefield were running in the East Anglian Prep Schools Championships at Woodbridge School, Suffolk. Charlie won the 2.3km race with Harry, in his first Anglian championships, coming home in a very credible 10th position.

Competition was fierce as athletes from all over the Eastern region tackled a windy and hilly course. After last year’s fifth place Charlie was determined to prove his worth this year.

n Pete Johnson ran in the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 1:24:16, which gave him an impressive M60 85% WAMA Age Grading. He was 270th overall in a field of 11,500 finishers.

n Kit Howlett had a sprint finish into the wind to seal victory at the Norfolk Junior Schools XC finals in Holt on Sunday. There were top ten finishes for Joe McNulty, Meg Willis, Anna Wood and Mia Moore. Lily Teasdale and Suki Wales also featured.