Ryston Runner Hunt sets fine example in Southern League success

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Ryston Runners AC was represented by five members at the Wroxham 5K road race on Wednesday.

In the event, which incorporated the county championships, Callum Stanforth ran a new 5km PB of 16:24, finishing eighth in the race, which had 380 finishers. 

Gareth Hunt, in his first-ever road race, ran 18:56 for 77th place. Just behind in 80th Richard Watson finished strongly and was unlucky not to dip under 19 minutes. However, his time of 19:01 was a new PB by around 50 seconds. 

Phil Twite placed 99th in 19:25, while Barry Smith, returning from injury, was 228th in 23:10.

There was another first time event experience for team manager Hunt on Saturday in the Southern Athletics League at Watford, when he competed in the steeplechase, one of a personal decathlon of events, helping Ryston to their third successive match win of the season, making them top of their divisional table.

A fantastic effort to fill all of the events, Ryston won the match with 321 points, beating Newham and Essex Beagles by over 40 points.

James O’Neill ran a tactical race in the 5k, sitting behind the front runner until the final lap when he pulled away to finish first in 16:07.8, having previously bagged second place in the 800m in 2:01.3.

Andrew and Robert Simmonds covered 12 events between them, with Andy winning the 400m hurdles and Robert the javelin (47.34m).

New member Quinton Houston recorded 12.5 for 100m and 25.4 for 200m, whilst Anwar Bouilouta showed consistency in the 100m with 13.1. Danny Rock and Richard Watson covered the middle distance events, with Danny taking second in the 1500m in 2:14.2. 

The Ryston women showed their strength in distance running with Mel Reed, Lorena Latisaite and Penny Seegar taking first and second places across the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Lorena recorded five personal bests which included 1:21.4 in the 400m hurdles and 2:45.8 in the 800m.

Reed, returning to the track for the first time since running the London Marathon, was pleased not to be too far off of her PBs (800m 2:35.6, 1500m 5:38.7). Newer members, Naomi Darkins (3m55 LJ, 1m20 HJ) and Holly Chen (8m90m TJ, 14.1 100m) collected vital points.

Gaye Clarke, Rebecca Tuff and Laura Allen covered the throws. Gaye also cleared 1m35 in the High Jump, whilst Rebecca achieved 1m40 in the Pole Vault. 

Gareth Hunt was one of the few who appeared on Sunday at the East Anglian League fixture in Ipswich, competing in five events. Other seniors competing included David Lane (SB in LJ, HT, DT), Callum Stanforth , Malcolm Tuff, Paul Harrison and Beck Tuff.

However, the main competition focus was on the juniors, who faced tough competition from the home team.

They excelled with their performances, many of which were PBs. In the under 11B category, Kit Howlett lowered his 600m time to 1:48.9 with a win and new county record by almost two seconds. Further PBs came in the 80m (county record – 11.4) and Long Jump, and Kit’s style and competitive attitude drew many complimentary comments.

Bea Honeybone, who shows improvement in every match, achieved a hat-trick of wins in the U11G 80m, Shot (both PBs) and Long Jump. Liam Clare (U11B) was pleased with two second places in Long Jump and 80m.

PBs in the same category came from David McQueen (80m), Lily Teasdale (80m, 600m) and Harry Wakefield (Shot).

In the U13B Robert McQueen had solid third spots in 100m and 200m, along with a second in the Long Jump.

In the U13G, Saffron Teasdale ran her first 1500m in 6:35.  Thea Howlett (U15G) gave her normal 800m event a miss to compete in her first ever 75m hurdles race to gain experience ahead of multi event competitions later this year. Thea also PB’d in the Long Jump (4.45m) and Javelin (23.69m). Gabrielle Clare gained further confidence in track and field competition (100m, LJ, SP).

Competing as an U17 in the Senior Women, Hannah Brown bagged a PB in the 200m and also competed in 300m.
Annie Rooks ran in her favoured 1500m and tried the 200m.

In road action, Pete Johnson clocked 18:52 for 5K in the British Masters Championships at Horwich, near Bolton, missing a bronze medal in the M60 by just 11 seconds.

Ian Milburn ran in the Mike Groves 10-mile race at Coltishall, appropriately on Fathers’ Day, as it is from where his grandparents hailed. He was eighth in 63:36.

Danny Rock finished fifth in 59:51. He was pleased to achieve his first sub-60 but annoyed about not holding on to second place after developing a stitch at miles five to seven.

Sub-59 is the target for his next 10-miler.