Young Ryston Runners pair reach nationals

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Ryston Runners youngsters were in action at the Eastern Region Prep Schools Athletics Championships at Bedford.

Competing for Culford, Harry Wakefield (9) ran a year up and came fifth out of 15 in his first-ever attempt at 800 metres in 2:43, racing against pupils aged 12.

Older brother Charlie ran in the U13 800m and, as reigning prep schools XC champion, was one of the favourites. He led from the gun and ran 2:24.6, around five seconds ahead of the next runner. He now goes to Birmingham on July 26 for the national prep schools championships.

Mackenzie Pilkington, representing King’s Ely, had a very scary start to his Long Jump competition with two no jumps, but composed himself to achieve 4m92 with his final attempt which put him in first place. He joins Charlie on July 26.

At the Norfolk Schools Athletic Championships at UEA on Saturday, three Ryston girls qualified to represent Norfolk at the Anglian Schools in Peterborough tomorrow.

Thea Howlett ran a good tactical 800m in windy conditions to record 2:25.5 and finish joint first, racing against the same two CoNAC athletes to whom she conceded in the Counties. Hannah Brown won her 300m in 42.6 and was second in the 200m in 28.0, qualifying in both. Annie Rooks won her 1500m to complete the trio of Ryston qualifiers.

On the second day, Charlie Wakefield won the U13 1500m title in 5:00.8, making him twice county champion. His time was only a couple of seconds outside the club record, so he has his eye on that.

Bailey Took held his position for a well-deserved second place in 5:07.3.

Mia Moore (U13G) ran in her first-ever 1500m against strong and experienced competition, after a busy Quad Kids.

Kit Howlett and Harry Wakefield took gold and silver in the Quad Kids event at Norwich, out of well over 30 boys. Other Ryston contenders included Mia Moore, Bea Honeybone, Lilly and Saffron Teasdale, Liam Clare, Bailey and Macauley Took, George Evans, David McQueen, and Jessica Kite.