Ryston shine in South of England Championships

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Two teams from Ryston Runners AC took part in the South of England Cross Country Championships held at the Linford Christie Stadium, Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday, the first time for many years the club has entered.

Traffic delays in central London meant that warm-up time was limited for the women, especially the lead-off runner, Kelly De-Gol, who completed the first leg of the windy 3k course in a time of 14.20 before handing over to Lorena Latisaite who clocked 14:00. Marie French ended with a storming leg time of 12.24. A combined time of 40.54 saw the team finish 11th out of 22, showing that Ryston can compete at this level.

Next over 5k in an impressive field were the Senior Men for whom Ben Collison, a bit off form due to a cold, handed over after an 18:03 lap to Che Plant (17:13), Justin Kinsey (17:00) and Malcolm Tuff (16:23) for a combined time of 1:08:39, for 14th place out of 27. A splendid achievement for what is a relatively small rural club by the standards of the composition of the SEAA.

The following day, the new two-lap course of the East Coast 10K provided for some challenging running. Strong head winds along the Great Yarmouth seafront , albeit in sunshine, meant any times had been hard fought-for.

First Ryston home was Barry Smith, a minute faster than in his last 10K, clocking 43:48th for 67th place. Kevin Smith was delighted to duck under 45 minutes for the first time, a new PB of 44:48 (79th).

Eammon McCusker’s 46:54 saw him take second in the M60 category (114th), but the Ryston women outshone their male counterparts by bagging both first (Jill Davis in 51:52) and second (Jane Ashby in 52:45) places in the W60 category.

Simon Tarling had clocked 50:07 in 179th place. Ryston Keith Morris was 236th in 53:00 closely followed by Martin Blackburn in 53:07.

l Charlie and Harry Wakefield did a Suffolk Schools Cross Country in Ipswich and came fourth and 11th, thus qualifying for the Suffolk trial for Anglian schools’ championships.

This presents the boys with a dilemma, as they qualify to try out for both Norfolk and Suffolk for this event, and both counties hold their trials on the same day, December 6.

l Jurgita Jovasiene completed her first marathon at the weekend, with 3:38 in Amsterdam. Audrius Jasiulaitis experienced foot trouble at about 35K but managed 3:50:55. They were the only runners from Lynn in a field of 4,500.