Ryston Runner Callum takes senior award at Round Norfolk Relay

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Fantastic weather greeted the competitors of this year’s 29th Round Norfolk Relay over the weekend.

Some 54 teams competed over 17 unequal multi-terrain stages covering 197 miles in a continuous relay around the North Norfolk Coast.

For West Norfolk AC Benjamin Collison led the way on stage 1 from Lynnsport to Hunstanton in 1:52.19, passing onto the day athletes following the Norfolk coastline round to Great Yarmouth.

Storming runs through the night made up nearly 40 minutes of lost time round to Stow Bridge. Trudy Sayell brought the baton home strongly in a very respectable 25:17:53, only six minutes off the estimated time, placing 16th.

The team would like to thank all those who turned out to support them, all the minibus drivers, timekeepers, cyclists and to the marshals who helped the finishers over the last stage. Also many thanks to the help and supporters who worked with the RNR committee over the weekend and throughout the year.

Full results: 1 Ben Collison 1:52.19 (7th), 2 Tim Coates 2:13.19 (49th), 3 Richie Walker 0:45.19 (17th), 4 Jason Moore 1:32.37 (32th), 5 James Howard 1:39.50 (34th), 6 Gavin Lane 1:06.45 (35th), 7 Paul Edwards 1:12.39 (29th), 8 Sally Edwards 1:05.07 (39th), 9 Martin Koenigsberger 2:09.51 (20th), 10 Stew Kelly 1:34.55 (10th), 11 Gary Backhouse 1:44.54 (36th), 12 Sean Chambers 2:20.26 (9th), 13 Nick Franklin 1:28.55 (21st), 14 Katrina Wasteney 56.40 (22nd), 15 Neil Watson 1:15.51 (20th), 16 Molly James 0:39.15 (13th), 17 Trudy Sayell 1:34.11 (37th).

l Ryston Runners had three teams in this year’s relay, including for the first time a women’s team, organised by, and realising the ambition of the club’s outgoing social secretary Lesley Robins. This team (Ryston “B”) finished second in the Women’s category, and 32nd overall out of 54 teams, in 26 hours 27 minutes 3 seconds (an average pace of 8:07/mile).

Ryston “C” placed 19th/sixth in the “Club” category, in 25:34:39 ( 7:50/mile av), their time four minutes short of what it should have been after their second runner, Martin Ive, had to stop and wait for the lifeboat to be launched at Hunstanton.

The icing on the Ryston cake was the club’s “A” team final stage runner, Callum Stanforth, who brought them across the line first after the 17 stages, with a storming run that earned him not only the stage win but the trophy for “Best Senior Man” in the whole relay.

Ryston had two other stage winners: Adam Matthews took Stage 14 and Matt Pyatt Stage 10 , breaking the stage record by two minutes.

Second overall once the times had been crunched, Ryston “A” were named “Best Norfolk Club” with their time of 21:13:23 (6:30/mile), despite having a couple of team members recording below-par times, due to injury/illness and one being sent off course.

The RNR is not just about fast times, but the way it brings clubs together, sorting out support teams of drivers and cyclists as well as the runners. This may be typified by Jeremy Navrady who, having organised the “C” team and run in it, then went back to “sweep” the whole course after the last teams had gone through each changeover point, clearing signage.