West Norfolk AC athlete Luke, 14, faces senior Paralympians like Jonny Peacock

l-r  Darren Easter, Martin Sheldrick, Stewart Robins, Neil Stapleton.
l-r Darren Easter, Martin Sheldrick, Stewart Robins, Neil Stapleton.
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West Norfolk AC’s Luke Batterham, graded T43, competed in the UK CAU & England Athletics Senior AAA’s Championships.

Batterham, who is only 14, was competing against senior Paralympic athletes like Jonny Peacock and others who are Rio bound in the 100m.

In his first race he ran a storming 12.22secs equal to his PB, this qualified him for the elite race on Sunday. On the Sunday he competed in the 200m and finished in third position in a time of 24.58 another PB but was classed as windy, i.e. a 2.1 metre tail wind.

Unfortunately this race was just before his 100m elite race and he only managed 12.51secs in a great experience for this young man .

At this time he is ranked number 1 in T43 class in UK for both these events. Batterham’s next big event is the Godiva meeting in Coventry and then the Schools event on September 1-4 at Loughborough where he has been chosen to run in the Midlands team.

l The 10K was the distance for the majority of the few Ryston Runners senior athletes in action at the weekend, with one marathon contender.

The Gloucester Marathon saw Ian Milburn finish 96th out of 685 with a creditable time of 3:39:57.

Of the 10K runners, the fastest time was recorded by Chris Balmer at Darlington, achieving a PB by almost a minute of 34:33 in significantly windy conditions.

Eamonn McCusker ventured Ipswich-wards with some trepidation after his faux pas of the previous week, going to his intended race on the wrong day, but this time he made no mistake and lined up for the Friday evening event having just witnessed the fastest 5K run on the roads by a female athlete in 2016. As this 5K event preceded the 10K, using mainly the same course, there was some inaccuracy in the K markers on the route which made gauging pace a bit tricky. However, despite this and a scarily fast downhill start, McCusker reported that this was an enjoyable event and he ran 45:34 for 166th place overall, 3rd M60.

The biggest turnout was at Norwich where there were over 4,200 finishers in the 10K. The fastest Ryston finisher was Darren Easter, 79th in 40:35, with Neil Stapleton also making the top 100, 91st in 40:52.

Other Ryston results from this event were: Martin Sheldrick 104th - 41:13, Paul Terreros 140th - 42:15, Stewart Robins 165th - 42:48, Mark Doughty 384th - 46:01, Barry Smith 457th - 47:13, Martin Heeley 528th - 47:55, Andrew McNamara 1349th 54:37, Marie Doughty 1629th - 57:29, Paul Tarsey 2146th - 59:31, Sarah Kimberley 2200th - 1:04:07, Sophy Tarsey 2956th - 1:05:31, Andrew Green 3014th - 1:06:18, Miranda Keedy 4030th - 1:21:29

Malcolm and Sue Tuff also ran 10K at the weekend, in an off-road multi-terrain event at St Neots.

Ryston had a strong contingent competing as part of the composite team in the EYAL. In blustery conditions all athletes performed well. Thea Howlett equalled the club U15G Long Jump record of 4.72m. She also set a new personal best in the 300m, 44.7, to finish second. Her brother Kit set a new PB in the Javelin with a throw of 25.21m. 

Kate Willis took 11 seconds off her 1500m PB with a time 5:08 to finish second in the Under 15 Girls. Meg Willis (4.12m) and Mia Moore (3.72m) PB’d in the Long Jump as did Harry Wakefield in the U13 Boys 1500m. Robert MacQueen and Joe McNulty sprinted well in difficult conditions. Charlie Wakefield threw in the three main throwing events.