Sharp Walpole runner Pyatt sixth at Thorney five-mile

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Four of the Ryston Runners at Sunday’s Thorney 5-Mile achieved times that qualify them for the club’s “Hancock Silver Hare” awards; indeed, one of them qualified himself on two counts.

Running sub-30 minutes, the baseline qualifying time, were Matt Pyatt (sixth, 27:37), Adam Matthews (15th, 29:02) and Warren Armstrong (21st, 29:24). Warren, who was second in M40 category to finish, also qualified by dint of applying the new age-graded awards criteria, as did Shaun Mann, 40th and third M40.

Jo Brooks placed 170th in 47:59 and Martin Blackburn 171st in 48:00. Sue Naylor’s 49:43 brought her home in 187th place, while Helen Sewell completed her first race as a 70 year old, finishing in 55:25 for second W65.

David Lane headed off to take part in the first Run Fakenham 3-mile race, at the Racecourse, appropriately.

After holding a successful one-mile Fun Run last year, the organisers decided to expand this year as part of a week of activities due to culminate in the Fakenham 50-mile bike ride next weekend.

In windy conditions, and 24C, around 50 participants completed three laps of the racecourse (thankfully not including any jumps).

However, ankle deep grass made it difficult for those who run without any significant knee lift. Lane completed the course in 24:52 seconds, receiving a medal, goody bag and water bottle in return for his efforts and £6 entry fee. He declared it to be: “A relatively relaxed event, good preparation for the forthcoming cross country season.”