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Quiet weekend for Ryston members

Only a handful of Ryston Runners reported in from action over the weekend.

Nic Bensley won the long course race at the third Nelson Knee Knobbler in the series, organised by DuneRunners, at Sea Palling.

The race distance was reputedly 10k but Bensley recorded it as more than seven miles, which took him 52.09 to complete. Also at the event from the club were Mark and Sam Doughty.

Ryston competitors.
Ryston competitors.

Barry Smith tackled the Great Barrow Challenge Autumn Marathon, near Bury St Edmunds, completing the scenic but undulating course in 4.53.07, to be placed 12th out of 30 finishers.

Ryston's Barry Smith.
Ryston's Barry Smith.

After his experience at Edinburgh earlier in the year, Smith was pleased just to finish this event, though he did have to walk a considerable part of the latter stages as he is still not totally over the knee injury that has hampered his running progress this year.

Also keeping off the roads, Kevin Howlett did the LDWA Flower of Suffolk event in 4.33 and Pauline Sparrow and Sarah Partridge completed it in 6.44.

Possibly the lack of competition action by other club members means they are keeping their powder dry for the opening race in the 2018/19 Ryston Runners Cross Country Grand Prix Series, which takes place on Sunday in Shouldham Warren.

Races start at 11am and details available on the club’s website at: www.rystonrunners.org.uk

This year’s series is sponsored by Kelly Scaffolding, Rise Scaffold Services Ltd, VPU Roofing and Scaffolding and Narford Scaffolding, to whom the club are grateful for the support which helps offset the cost of providing first aid cover and use of the location for races.

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