In a shrewd move which pre-empted the wash-out weather of last week’s half term school break, Ryston Runners junior Bea Honeybone booked in for a four-day Star Track challenge at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Three days were spent trying out new events, including triple jump, pole vault, and hurdles before the participants were put in teams for Friday’s competition day.
Each young athlete took part in four events, to become the first record holders. Bea was first in long jump, 40cm clear of all boys and girls but not a PB (3.75m).
She won the turbo javelin with 13m, second in 60m, and third in 600m. She was selected as team captain, leading “Team China” to gold. She was awarded the Coaches’ Award for effort and invited back for long jump coaching.
The week was crowned for Bea by having “ringside” seats to watch her Long Jump hero, Greg Rutherford, competing in the Diamond League at Birmingham on Sunday.
On the roads, the Santa Pola International 10K in the Valencia region of Spain had moved this year from its usual end of June date to being held on the first weekend. This meant it was a bit cooler at 9pm when 2,500 athletes set off on the coastline course, a mere 26C.
Pete and Cath Duhig, have done this event for the past four years, and were third in their respective categories: Pete M65 and Cath W60. Cath, who had as usual racewalked the course, put in a far better performance than at the European Masters Non Stadia Championships two weeks ago, and would have picked up an individual medal in Portugal.
On home shores, Matt and Lisa Pyatt opted for the Woodhall Spa 10K, where Matt recorded the fastest Ryston time of the weekend, clocking 33:33 for second place overall behind past GEAR winner Aaron Scott, and Lisa taking second place in the W35 with 46:08.
At the Mike Groves 10K at Coltishall, where the old air base was being used for the first time, its openness meant there was a wind on a humid day.
Callum Stanforth won the event overall in a time of 35:11, and was joined by Ian Milburn (25th/40:01) and Adam Howard (42:10) to take the Men’s team prize. Also clocking 42:10 Lorena Latisaite made it a Ryston clean sweep by taking the women’s title. Long-standing member Christopher Milnes placed 179th in 52:27.
Other Ryston members were supporting the club’s Welfare Officer Mick Ennis at the Beat the Tide race at Hunstanton, raising funds for the Friends of the Stroke Unit/Stroke Association charity with which he is closely involved.
Paul Firmage can now claim the EMAC M60 title as he was the only qualified competitor to finish in his category at the popular Moulton five-mile racewalk.
The Cambridge track has seen two visits by Ryston over the past few days. On Wednesday last week a very depleted squad contested the second match in the 2016 EMAC Track & Field League, but managed to hold on to the first spot overall in their NE Division. On Sunday, in far better conditions, members competed at Wilberforce Road in the Eastern Young Athletes League.
Both Mia Moore and Saffron Teasdale had multiple PBs throughout the day. Mia Moore took over seven seconds off her 800m time to finish second in a time of 2:41.4. She also jumped a new PB in Long Jump of 3.64m. Saffron Teasdale had PBs of 3.08.4 (eight seconds) in the 800m, 3.16m in Long Jump and over 12 metres in Discus.
Lily Teasdale sprinted well in the 100, 200 and Hurdles, only slightly off PBs. Gabriele Kersyte ran a new PB in 200m with 34.1, by 0.6 seconds. Gabrielle Clare sprinted well in the 100 and Liam Clare sprinted well in the 100m and 200m as well as Long Jumping 3.74m.