Taking the track option were Ryston Runners Malcolm Tuff and Peter Duhig, competing in the 800m and 1500m, M50 and M65 categories respectively, at Lee Valley Stadium in a multi-club fixture that incorporated the Southern and Eastern Veterans’ Championships.
Tuff acquitted himself admirably in some prestigious company, in the unfamiliar situation of seeded races to decide overall winners.
In both his events he bagged second places overall and gold EVAC medals.
The 800m saw him beaten by a mere 0.5 seconds, his time of 2:12.99 being as good as he was achieving three years previously, and seeing him better former British champion Tony Tuohy by seven seconds.
Tuohy took Tuff’s scalp in the 1500m, but by a mere 0.22 seconds, with Tuff recording 4:35.72, in one of the most exciting blanket finishes of the day.
Duhig was just pleased to be back on the track after so long and, with no great expectations, more than pleased to place sixth in the 800m, and record a sub 3-min time, and second in the 1500m, taking gold EVAC medals in both.
Completing the Ryston representation at Lee Valley were Gaye Clarke and Cath Duhig, both officiating for the whole match. Sadly, Paul Harrison’s participation was prevented by illness.