Ryston Runner Matt Pyatt has been selected to represent England in the Home Countries Masters Cross Country International in Dublin in November.
The Walpole St Andrew runner, who famously dislikes cross country normally, expressed his delight at receiving this honour by saying: “I’d run on shingle for an England vest.”
Barry Smith knocked a whopping 13 minutes off his previous best marathon time in York on Sunday to claim a new PB of 3:43:28. Smith, whose training has to be fitted round some unorthodox working hours, has set an example to anyone who thinks their lifestyle rules out taking part in sporting events.
More than 20 Ryston Runners ran in the Perkins Great Eastern Run Half Marathon at Peterborough. First of the Hares, just outside the top 50, was Warren Armstrong who posted an impressive 76:35. Next fastest was Nic Bensley, with a 30-second PB time of 82:52. Three others made it home in under 90 minutes: Marcus Hawkins with 85:24, Phil Twite in 86:20 and Will Honeybone with a 37 second-PB of 88:28.
In the 90s came Ian Milburn (92:37),Richard Dickson (94:54), Graeme Leeson (98:23), Paddy Thompson (99:34), and Carl Manning, making a welcome return to Ryston, in 97:24.
Audrius Jarisulaitis (PB) and Damon Finney finished closely in 1:42:19 and 1:43:15 respectively, before Julia Norman was first of the Ryston women with a PB of 1:47:11. Juliette Meek was next on 1:55:04 and Jill Davis in 1:56:13.
Other times: Cheryl Brown 2:03:46, Andy Harrod 2:04:39, Mark Germany 2:12:19, Jo Brooks, badly affected by ongoing respiratory problems, 2:28:31, Sue Naylor 2:31:28, Mick Ennis 2:36:33 and Ellie Miles 2:46:36.
Mark Doughty ran in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, having a steady run with his wife, Marie, who had taken part in the Nottingham Marathon the previous weekend, to finish in 2:14:32.
The first race of the Ryston Runners AC Cross Country Series 2015-16 took place, somewhat under new management as Andy Smith and Martin Ive are taking over organisation from Marlene and Martin Simmonds, who have been in charge for over 20 years.
Numbers were down due to the Peterborough race, but the Ryston name was still to the fore in several of the categories.
Charlie Wakefield stormed round the U13 Boys course to make his mark on that category for the coming season. Phil Thompson took his first ever GP win for Ryston in the M40s, while Maureen Wolfe headed the W55 results list.
Other category honours were taken by: Susan Matthews (2nd W35), Pauline Drewery (2nd W45), Heather Beattie (3rd SW), Lesley Robins (3rd W40),Karen Wood (3rd W50) and Kevin Howlett (3rd M55).
Other Ryston positions – U9B – 26 Charlie Isbill (Dersingham school). U11B: 14 Ben Smith; 21 George Evans. U11G: 17 Bea Honeybone; 20 Matilda Loram; 21 Sophie Doig. U13B: 4 Bailey Took; 7 Jo McNulty. U13G: 6 Meg Willis; 8 Izzy Sandover; 11 Erin McKibbin; 13 Mai Loram; 15 Anna Wood. U15B: 6 Brandon Tarsey. SM: 4 Chris Balmer; 6 Callum Stanforth; 8 Che Plant; 20 Darren Smith; 23 Kevin Smith. M45: 5 Martin Ive; 7 David Marston; 10 John Bowen; 12 Andy Smith; 13 Paul Tarsey. M50: 7 David Lane; 9 Kevin Taylor; 11 Simon Tarling. M60: 6 Paul Firmage. M70: 15 Mick Ennis. SW: 4 Mel Reed. W35: 5 Emma Thompson; 7 Anna Seaman. W40: 5 Julie Wacey; 11 Sophie Tarsey. W45: 4 Karen Smith. W50: 6 Sue Smith. W55: 6 Gill Hart (60); 7 Helen Sewell (70).