Thea heads Ryston Runners annual awards at King’s Lynn

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The Wembley Suite at Lynnsport was the venue for Ryston Runners AC’s annual junior awards evening to celebrate the great year in track, field, cross country and Sportshall during 2015.

Fresh from his success at the KL.FM/West Norfolk Sportsman of the Year awards, Ryston Runner Matt Pyatt handed out the honours.

Last season the club reintroduced England AA awards for individual events, in which there are four Levels: Level 1 means the athlete is likely to be ranked in the top 50 for the event. Two athletes had achieved Level 1: Mackenzie Pilkington for Long Jump (5.08m U13 Boys) and Kate Willis for 800m (2.28mins).

Mackenzie had also achieved Level 2 for 100m and 200m, whilst Kate received a level 3 for 1500m. Thea Howlett was the Ryston Runner with the most standards, receiving seven different awards.

Other juniors to receive grade certificates were: Robert MacQueen for 100m, 200m & Long Jump, Charlie Wakefield for 800m, 1500m & Shot and Bailey Took for 800m & 1500m. The first grade of 2016 was awarded to Anna Wood for her 60m Sprint at the Keith Ward Indoor Championships.

Individual Age Group Track & Field Awards

Under 11 Boys: Liam Clare and David MacQueen received honourable mentions, and Harry Wakefield a special mention for his performance over the Quad Kids Series, but the winner was Kit Howlett who broke county records in the 80m and 600m sprints.

U11 Girls: An honourable mention went to Lily Teasdale, but the winner was Bea Honeybone. who was second in the U11G QuadKids Series.

U13 Boys: Honourable mentions for Mackenzie Pilkington, Charlie Wakefield, Bailey Took and Joe McNulty, but the winner was Robert MacQueen, due to his consistent performances over 100m and 200m.

U13 Girls: Many were experiencing their first fully competitive season in 2015. Honourable mentions went to Anna Wood, Meg Willis, Mia Moore, Jessie Kite, Izzy Sandover and Saffron Teasdale. Winner was Kate Willis, the second fastest Ryston female over both 800m and 1500.

U15 Girls: An honourable mention went to Gabrielle Clare in her first season on the track. The winner was Thea Howlett, who in 2015 had a first real crack at multi-eventing including an 800m Anglian Schools PB of 2.23.14.

Sportshall Athletes of the Year: 2015 saw the return of Ryston in this league. Male Sportshall Athlete of the Year was Liam Clare; Female winner was Gabrielle Clare.

The Female Endeavour Award went to Saffron Teasdale, a key member of the junior track team; Bailey Took the Male Endeavour Award after picking up silver at Country Track and Cross Country Championships.

Most Improved Athlete of the Year was Meg Willis, who in 800m went from 2:50s to 2.46.3.

Newcomer of the Year was Rosie Booth who was part of the U13 Girls team who took silver at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships.

Charlie Wakefield was Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year. He ran for Norfolk at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships where he finished 15th, the second highest finish of all the Norfolk athletes in all the age groups.

Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year was Lily Teasdale.

Outstanding Performance of the Year went to the U13 Boys 4 x 100m club record holders. Robert MacQueen, Charlie Wakefield, Joe McNulty and Mackenzie Pilkington won the County Championhips with a time of 56.6 seconds, beating a 20 year-old club record by 1.7.

Track Athlete of the Year was Kate Willis, who broke 800m and 1500m club records last year whilst being relatively new to track running.

Field Athlete of the Year was Mackenzie Pilkington, a Long Jump Norfolk County Championship record holder and bronze at the National Prep School Championships.

Overall Athlete of the Year: Thea Howlett, who at the Southern Indoor Combined Event Champs was outstanding, taking sixth place. Thea also medaled as a first year in her age group at the Eastern Combined Event Championships, as well as winning the Norfolk title.

In the Eastern Schools Combined Events Champs (her first ever Pentathlon) she beat tough opposition to be the highest finishing Norfolk competitor. In 800m, which is her strongest event, she finished in the top two at County Schools; and at Anglian Schools, ran a personal best time of 2.23.14.

The club chairman thanked all the parents who had supported the efforts of the young athletes, and the junior coaching team.

A full set of photos from the night can be found on the Ryston Runners AC Facebook page.