Ryston Runners clinch Southern League promotion spot

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Ryston Runners clinched promotion from Southern Athletics League Division Three on Saturday.

Along with this the team finished top of the league, having faced tough competition from several of the 24 teams from the South of England throughout the season.

The team managers thank everyone who has competed or helped during the season.

On the day Ryston had to settle for second to the very strong home team Woodford Green. Fast runs in both the men’s and women’s 4 x 400m helped to concrete the second place ahead of London Heathside, Ryston’s main competition this season.

There were plenty of personal bests, with under 17 athlete Holly Chen gaining PB’s in all three of her events, Long Jump, Triple Jump and 100m (4.18m, 9.32m and 13.96 secs).

It was a busy day for Lorena Latisaite who also managed three PB’s in 400 Hurdles, 1500m and 3km (79.34secs, 5.37.27 mins and 11.58.6 mins).

Other PB’s in the women’s team were Annie Rooks in the 2km Steeplechase (8.01 mins), Naomi Darkins in the 100 Hurdles and Pole Vault (21.17 secs and 1.70m), as well as Mel Reed in the Long Jump (4.40m)

In the men’s team, Anwar Bouilouta added over a metre to his PB in the triple jump leaping out to an impressive 11.84 metres to comfortably win the B-String. Quinton Houston won the B-String Long Jump with a new PB of 5.50m. Che Plant was pushed to a new PB in the 400 Hurdles (67.14 secs) to take the win in his race.

l Ten juniors took part at the last Quad Kids of the season at Lynnsport on Sunday. Kit Howlett completed the series as champion of his age group, winning all four matches during the season.

Out of the four age categories Ryston Runners won three best overall athlete awards, and were unlucky not to take the clean sweep. Kit won the Year 4 & 5 Boys, managing a 600m county record by 0.7 sec., his sister Thea won the Year 6, 7 & 8 Girls and Charlie Wakefield won the Year 6, 7 & 8 Boys category.

Harry Wakefield came second on the day in the Year 4 & 5 Boys, with George Evans and David MacQueen doing well competing against juniors at least a year older than them.

Beatrice Honeybone finished second in the Year 4 & 5 Girls by a whisker, unlucky not to take the win.

During this she threw 29.99 in the vortex to increase her county record. Lily Teasdale won her 80m race in the same age group as Bea.

Also taking part were Bailey Took and Saffron Teasdale who performed well in the older age category.

l Ten Ryston Runners made their mark in the Reepham 10k on Sunday, over an undulating course, half of the length of which went along the Marriott’s Way, in a field of 264 finishers.

Danny Rock, throwing aside recent injury worries, won in 35:55. Jane Ashby took the honours in the w60 category with 52:58, ahead of second placed clubmate, Jill Davis, in 53:34.

In a welcome return, Carl Manning was just edged home by Lorena Latisaite, 71st & 72nd in 47:07.4 and 47:07.6 respectively.

Other results: Barry Smith 46:26 in 64th,Martin Blackburn 107th in 51:31, Christopher Milnes 121st in 52:29, Keith Morris 150th in 54:00, and Sue Smith 239th in 69:55.

l In Lyon, in the second week of the World Masters Track & Field Championships, Malcolm Tuff just missed a finals place in the m50 1500m, despite running faster than at least three of the eventual finalists. Cath Duhig placed 16th in the w60 10k racewalk, with a below par time after having to cut back to avoid aggravating a muscle tear, which then saw her having to withdraw from the 20k, which spoiled her GB team’s chance of a silver medal.

Peter Duhig, after several years in the doldrums with hamstring problems, ran in the m65 1500m heats, and then closed his championship return campaign with a pleasing 11th place in the 2000m steeplechase, just a second shy of his last effort at this event while still m60.

All three athletes have had their enthusiasm fired to try to make it to the next World Championships in Perth, Australia next October.

Also at Lyon, West Norfolk Sportswoman of the Year, Gaye Clarke, competed in the 80m Hurdles, Long Jump and High Jump, in the final days of her career in the w50 category.

Despite it being a disadvantage being “at the older end” she was pleased to put in top 10 performances in all her events and can now train to set the w55s on fire in the coming season.

At the weekend, Richard Dickson tackled the Stour Valley Path 100 ultra event. Supported by clubmate Shaun Mann, Dickson finished 49th out of 168, taking 13 hours 14 mins 52 secs.