West Norfolk athlete Tayla claims Inter County hurdles runners-up spot

Tayla Benson Hurdler ANL-151206-121237001
Tayla Benson Hurdler ANL-151206-121237001
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West Norfolk AC

Five athletes from West Norfolk Athletic Club travelled to the Allianz Stadium at Hendon to compete for Norfolk in the South of England U15/U20 Inter County Championships.

The attached photo shows the Ryston contingent at Thorney, with 'hanger on'! Back l-r : Martin Blackburn, Adam Matthews, Shaun Mann, Warren Armstrong. Front: Matt Pyatt, Sue Naylor, Jo Brooks, (Ben Collison - WNAC)

The attached photo shows the Ryston contingent at Thorney, with 'hanger on'! Back l-r : Martin Blackburn, Adam Matthews, Shaun Mann, Warren Armstrong. Front: Matt Pyatt, Sue Naylor, Jo Brooks, (Ben Collison - WNAC)

In some difficult weather conditions they performed well against very strong competition from the other counties.

In the U15 category Abi Rice and Charlie Williams both ran well in fast 100m heats. Rice was placed sixth in a time of 13.5 seconds and Williams was also sixth in 12.43 seconds. They were unable to progress through to the final but gained valuable experience by running in such a high class field.

Williams went on to compete in the 300m where he was more successful. He was placed fourth in the heats (40.0 seconds) which took him through to the final where he finished 7th in 40.13 seconds.

In the U20 Tayla Benson claimed the runners-up spot by placing second in the 100m Hurdles final (15.27 seconds) and was also fifth in the 100m heats (12.96 seconds).

On a day where personal bests were few and far between, Craig Brooks managed to pull one out of the bag on his 400m, taking off over half a second in a time of 51.77 for fifth place.

The meeting was tinged with sadness for Hammer thrower Megan Rushmore in her last event competing for Norfolk before she moves away. She was placed sixth with a throw of 38.70m.

Ryston Runners

The Ryston number of choice competing on the roads this weekend was five: 17 opted for the 5K race at Dereham while another seven went to Thorney to race over five miles.

First Hare across the line at Dereham was Callum Stanforth, who is making his mark on the Norfolk road running scene this season with top 10 places in all his races. On this occasion he was sixth overall in 16:57. Half a minute behind him, in 12th place, was Danny Rock, another whose name is becoming well known on the local road race scene.

Just over 20 seconds separated the next two, Ian Milburn placing 34th in 18:31 before Pete Johnson, claiming the honours as 1st M60, in 44th overall in 18:54. Michael Howlett was fifth Ryston to finish and 50th in the race in 19:08, before Gareth Hunt and Stewart Robins raced each other in, Hunt claiming 57th spot with 19:26 and Robins 60th with 19:32, third M45 across the line, but awarded second place trophy as the first M45 had actually finished third overall in the whole race so taken that award instead.

The next Ryston tussle was even closer, with Lorena Latisaite, 118th in 21:18 edging out Kevin Howlett, 119th, 21:22. Karen Wood’s 24:10 was good enough to earn her second W50 spot (168th overall) a few seconds ahead of Kevin Smith, 170th/24:18. Maureen Wolfe took third place in the W55s with 24:42 (175th), dissatisfied with her own performance as she had had her eyes set on breaking the club age group record and will now be looking for another 5K opportunity.

Also in the W55 was the next Ryston finisher, Sine Garriemcinally, 186th in 25:11. Andy Harrod and Cheryl Brown were involved in the closest finish, both being given 26:20 for 216th and 217th places. Ivan Nunn (237th/27:56) and Sue Smith (283rd/33:06) completed the Ryston contingent in the field of 303 finishers.