Ryston Runner Pyatt conquers conditions to record St Ives fourth

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Two Ryston Runners took part in the 25th St Ives 10K on Sunday, in warm, windy conditions and on a very tough and testing course.

A gauge of how tough it was is that the winner, a member of the Great Britain ultra squad, clocked 34:12, and only 25 of the 510 finishers managed to clock under 40 mins.

First back for Ryston, just over a minute behind the winner, was Matt Pyatt in fourth place in 35:14. Eamonn McCusker finished 119th overall and 4th M60 in 45:58.

Will Honeybone and Tony Savage were running around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Morrison’s Great Newham London Run. The race start was near to the Orbit tower and the course looped round the park, passing the Aquatics Centre, Copper Box Arena and the Velodrome before heading back to finish on the running track in the Olympic Stadium. Paula Radcliffe was there to start the race. It was a hillier, more challenging course than expected, but the bonus of finishing on the Olympic track sweetened this pill. Honeybone finished in 40:54 for 224th place, while Savage ran 43:29 for 480th out of over 10,000 finishers.

Track action had started midweek for a few members at the CoNAC Open Meeting on Wednesday evening.

The Senior Men’s 1500m was won by Callum Stanforth in 4:12.8, with Malcolm Tuff (M50) third in 4:30.9 and Gareth Hunt fifth in 4:40.4.

Also competing over 1500m, Annie Rooks recorded a PB of 5:02.8 in the U17G race.

PBs were also notched up by Kate and Megan Willis in the U13G 800m, which was won by Kate in 2:31.1 with Meg 5th in 2:46.3.

Jessica Kite’s PBs came in the U13G 100m (second, 15.3) and 200m (3rd, 32.2), while Bea Honeybone in the U11G bagged hers in the 60m (2nd, 9.3) and 600m (3rd, 2:14.1).

Seven Ryston Runners were part of the team selected to represent Eastern Veterans AC in the UK Masters’ Inter Area match at Solihull on Sunday.

Both team managers came from Ryston, and competed as well as managing, Gaye Clarke (W50) in the Javelin and 80m Hurdles, and Paul Harrison (M35-49) in the Triple Jump. EVAC chairman Peter Duhig covered the Long Jump and anchored the relay for the M60s. Jeff Reed constituted half of the EVAC M70 team, earning his points in the Long Jump and 100m and 200m. In both the latter events the British records were broken by the winner.

Liz Blakie and Cath Duhig covered the 2000m Walk for EVAC, placing 3rd and 2nd in the W35 and W50 categories respectively.

Star of the Ryston show, however, was Malcolm Tuff, who dominated the M50 1500m and 800m, showing how he has improved both in terms of tactics and running speed in his build up to the World Masters’ Championships in Lyon next month.

Other club members were in action in the East Anglian League at Ipswich.

The best team result came in the Senior Women’s category, in which Beck Tuff and Laura Allen (six events and a relay apiece) were joined by U17s Annie Rooks and Hannah Brown to place third. Hannah and Annie won an event apiece, on the track and in the field, while Becks and Laura took a double second in the Discus.

Younger athletes Saffron Teasdale and Gabrielle Clare continued to gain valuable competition experience.

Robert MacQueen was the sole junior male and won the 100m and 200m. He also placed 3rd in Long Jump.

For the Senior Men, Danny Rock won the B string 800m with 2:14.8, while Gareth Hunt’s impressive 2:08.8 earned him 2nd place in the A string. Danny also took 3rd in the 1500m in 4:42.3. Gareth placed 3rd in High Jump (1m65) and 4th in both Discus and Javelin. David Lane (M50) took on seven events with a PB of 29.8 in the 200m and equalled his PB of 1m 35 in High Jump, placing 2nd in the B string. Other results: 2nd in the Triple Jump, 9m 43; 3rd in Long Jump, 4th; and fifths in Discus, Javelin and Hammer.