Open 800m brings luck for Ryston Runner Charlie with club record

Harry and Charlie Wakefield (right)
Harry and Charlie Wakefield (right)
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Aspiring Ryston Runners junior athlete, Charlie Wakefield, put the lid on his 2015 track and field season in fine style on Saturday.

Having got the taste for success a fortnight ago with a new club U13 1500m record, he persuaded his mother to take him to Biggleswade Open Meeting for a crack at the 800m time which had stood since 2002, and managed to knock 0.6 seconds off it to post a new best of 2:23.1.

Charlie’s younger brother, Harry, won the U11B Vortex Howler and 600m, front running to 1:58. He also contested the 80m (no times available).

Five Ryston athletes made their mark at the Eastern Counties Multi Events Championships at Peterborough on Sunday.

With a 4m 94 Long Jump, 21m 10 Javelin, and 28.84 200m, Mackenzie Pilkington took Norfolk gold/ Eastern Bronze in the U13 Boys.

Thea Howlett is now Norfolk U15 Girls Pentathlon Champion, only her second Pentathlon of the year. She also came fifth overall in the East of England, with a new overall point score PB and club record 2,518 points.

She jumped a Long Jump PB of 4m60, followed by a new 75m hurdles PB of 13.06 sec. After a decent Shot Putt she excelled her own expectations in High Jump with a new PB of 1m38 which helped to increase her points on the leader board to second place, then used her running strength to amass further gains.

In his first proper Multi Events competition, David Lane placed second Norfolk/ 8th Eastern in the Senior Men’s competition. PBs came in the Long Jump (4m 97), Discus (20m 15) and 1500m (6:18.62), but his greatest improvement came in the Javelin, in which 25m 03 represents a massive 5m+ increase on his previous best. This he attributes to coaching and advice from Gareth Hunt, who took Norfolk gold/5th Eastern with a PB of 2,392 points over what he described as a series of “average” event performances.

Gaye Clarke competed with her own age group weights at the competition, a rarity for her and resulting in some good end of season results.

A PB also fell to Matt Pyatt at the Berlin Marathon, his first venture abroad to race. Despite falling victim to a cold in the days preceding the event Pyatt ran a tactically excellent race, achieving his target of recording an average pace of sub-six minute miles, to finish just over two minutes ahead of his previous best time, in 247th place out of a field of over 40,000, with 2:36:59.

In the Nottingham Marathon Simon Able posted a creditable 3 hours 2 minutes, while clubmates Stephen Harris and Juliette Meek posted 1:34 and 1:51 respectively in the accompanying Half Marathon event.

The marathon distance was also tackled at the weekend by Ryston chairman Andy Smith, who took on the challenge of the Ely Monster Trail Marathon and hammered out a sub-four hour time by 10 minutes.

Several Ryston members took part in the Sandringham 10K. Among those taking honours was Callum Stanforth, third “home” in 35:15. Jan Manning, recently returning to competition after having her daughter, placed second in the women’s race

Julia Norman was third woman in 49:37. Several members posted pleasing times, including a top 10 place for Martin Sheldrick, a PB for the past year for Barry Smith, and a return to running for Mick Ennis.

Lesley Robins at the Pinewoods Sprint Triathlon recorded the fastest run by a woman on the day, to place third, by one frustrating second, in her category. Winning their categories were Maureen Wolfe and Emma Thomson, competing for Lynn Tri Club.