British Masters Athletic Federation Multi Events (BMAF) Championships
As well as having two talented athletic children, Ryston Runner Stuart Howlett celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday by taking a national M50 silver medal in his first-ever Pentathlon event at Horspath Stadium, Oxford, bagging a full set of PBs and two club age group records, as well as setting a new best mark for the event overall.
In the Long Jump, Howlett set a PB of 4m 35, which saw him placed ninth. The Javelin resulted in a throw of 37m 04, a new club M50 record and a first place, which moved him up a few notches overall.
Another club M50 record, breaking one which had stood for almost a quarter of a century, came in the 200m, with an impressive 26.91 into a head wind, and saw Howlett now in second overall.
Discus saw a solid PB throw of 30m 15, with only the dreaded 1500m to go. After keeping the leaders close for the first two laps Stuart held on to put in a massive final effort over the last 300m to clock another PB of 5:36:03 and ensure the silver medal was his.
Howlett paid tribute to his fellow Ryston competitor, David Lane , for holding him together over the final event, which saw him totally spent. Lane himself scored a points improvement of 123, 2,047 points, in the same competition, recording PBs in the Javelin and 1500m. He finished in 11th overall.
Lane said: “When I finished Stuart was lying on the track exhausted. It was a wonderful competitive day of athletics but in a spirit where everyone was willing each other to bigger and better efforts.”
Southern Athletics League
On Saturday the Senior track team headed to Croydon for the third SAL match of the season, where they battled to third place, agonisingly close to second, 176 to 173.5.
Some highlight performances were PBs for Tom Barnes-Hooker in the 110 Hurdles (19.9) and 400 Hurdles (66.8s), Holly Chen in the Long Jump (4.42m) and Lorena Latisaite in the 200m (31.3), 3000m (1:32.9) & 2000m Steeplechase (8:33.0).
There were individual event wins for Rob Simmonds (110m Hurdles, Shot Putt, Discus, Hammer & Javelin), Che Plant (400m Hurdles), Chris Balmer (2000m Steeplechase), Mel Reed (800m & 3000m), Annie Rooks (2000m Steeplechase) and Lorena Latisaite (2000m Steeplechase),
Three Ryston athletes were representing their county school teams for the first time on Sunday at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.
Holly Chen (Norfolk) ran 13.6 in the 100m to finish seventh, as well as being part of the 4 x 100 team which finished fourth. Naomi Darkins (Norfolk) earned a top three finish in the Pole Vault. Robert MacQueen (Cambidgeshire) ran 46.3 in his first 300m race.
Also competing for Norfolk were Hannah Brown, who ran 59.6 in the 400m, and Thea Howlett who finished fifth in the Javelin with 31 metres.
David MacQueen finished fourth in the Younger Boys Age category, throwing a new best in Vortex Howler of 20.54m. Bailey Took medalled for overall performance in the Older Boys.
Bea Honeybone in the Older Girls age group won the Vortex with a throw of 32.01m and ran a new 100m PB of 16 seconds. Combined with her Long Jump and 800m scores she added four more points to her previous month’s tally.