Ryston Runner Bensley makes successful 10K return

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Ryston Runners member Nic Bensley braved hailstones and the wilds of Exmoor to take part in the Endurance Life Coastal Trail 10K, after enjoying success there last year.

His 49:34 saw him home in fourth place and 1st M45.

On Sunday, the shortest distance raced was 10.1K, covered by Cath & Pete Duhig in Los Alcazares, Murcia, Spain. Pete ran 46:33 to place 12th in the M50+ category, while Cath walked the course in 63:33 to place 3rd W50+ and also earn the dubious honour of being the oldest woman to complete the course, which featured 6km alongside Mar Menor, one of the biggest sea water lagoons in Europe.

At the Friskney Half Marathon Ryston cleaned up on several trophies. Lorena Latisaite won the Senior Women’s category, Maureen Wolfe the W55, and these two were joined by W45 Pauline Drewery to take the overall women’s team prize.

Times: Latisaite 17th 1:33:53, Drewery 27th 1:41:02, Wolfe 35th 1:46:13.

The “big one” of the weekend was the Manchester Marathon. Making his marathon debut, now second claim member Danny Rock ran 2:44:38 to finish 52nd over/21st Senior Man. Also breaking three hours was Daniel Guppy (M35), who ran 2:57:51.

Marcus Hawkins (M40) posted a time of 3:12:08 to secure a GFA place in the 2017 London Marathon, should he choose to take it up. Shaun Mann 3:20:43 was just ahead of Simon Levy (SM), 3:22:55, returning to marathon running after a considerable layoff. Stewart Robins (M45) posted 3:23:48, a significant achievement considering he has undergone back surgery.

Graeme Leeson (M40) ran 3:35:52, Richard Dickson (M45) after incurring an injury, 3:44:42, and the evergreen Jeremy Navrady, 200th in the M50 category in 3:45:17.

l Last week at the Athletics Norfolk Awards several Ryston Runners had their performances or contributions to the sport recognised.

Norfolk U13 Boys Field Athlete of the Year was awarded to Mackenzie Pilkington. During last year he broke the County Championship Long Jump Record and finished the season with a jump of 5.08m, ranking him in the top 15 in the UK for U13 Boys.

Norfolk U13 Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year was awarded to Charlie Wakefield. During the last season Charlie had very high finishes in the Southern Inter-Counties, Nationals and other high profile school races, as well as winning the Norfolk Championships.

Norfolk U17 Ladies Cross Country Athlete of the Year was awarded to Annie Rooks who performed very well at several high profile races during the past season whilst representing Norfolk.

Norfolk Development Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Rebecca Tuff.

This was for the hard work Rebecca has put into the Ryston Monday nights lead coaching the adults distance session as well as coaching the juniors, and for running the “Get into GEAR” sessions which now always attract 50-75 participants in the weeks leading up to the big annual race.

Norfolk Official of the Year was awarded to Neil Borrmann.

Neil has helped Ryston officiate in field competitions on many occasions over the past decade in a quiet, unassuming, but ruthlessly efficient fashion.