Royal approval for Ryston Runners at Run Sandringham event
Those participating in the ‘Run Sandringham’ events might have considered being more careful what they wished for, as it turned out to be a rather dull and soggy day.
Among them were some 40 members of Ryston Runners AC, across the 5k, junior mile, and half marathon events.
Distances run were somewhat random due to directional issues, so posted times were somewhat irrelevant, although finishing positions are listed here as recorded.
The surprise presence of Prince William, who turned up with Prince George and Princess Charlotte to start the race, meant that this sort of inaccuracy was met with far more sanguinity that might normally be the case.
First Ryston Runner home was Danny Smith, eighth to cross the line, and just a bit ahead of John Hopgood who finished 11th/3rd M40.
Martin Sheldrick, in 23rd, topped the M50 finishers’ list, with another returnee to the Ryston camp, Darren Easter following him closely in 26th, and quite satisfied to have placed fourth M45 considering he had come to the race almost directly from a “stag do”.
Jason Cooper (SM) finished 44th, before Les Scott, making a welcome return to competition, bagged second M60 spot, 52nd finisher overall.
Then came Jack Schmollman (SM), Stephan Harris (4th M55), Owen Jary (M45), Malcolm Tuff (M55), Mark Fountain (M45), Gavin Reynolds (SM), and Kevin Farquhar (M40), before Nicky Roger took second W50 spot, finishing 123rd.
The rest of the Ryston contingent, in finishing order, was: Ian Wiggins (M40), Nigel Kenny (M55), Steven Bowerman (M55), Kirsty Butters (W40), Jason Hawes (M45), Graeme Leeson (M50), Julie Williamson (SW), Irena Marcinek (W40), Paul Carter (M45), Adam Dye (SM), Rhiannon Jones (SW), John Bowen (M50), Lisa Harris (W50), Helen Melville (W45), Stewart Robins (M50), Julia Norman (W45), Julie Barrow (W40), Justin Walker (M45), Charlie Wilson (M45), and Wendy Farquhar (W55).
There were many stories to be told about people’s lockdown experiences, and a great mix of new members, regulars, and returners.
One highlight was that Lisa Harris and Helen Melville were celebrating their first run in an event together after clocking up well over 1000 miles in training together since March last year.
In the accompanying “5k” Emma Wood was first Ryston Runner home, in eighth place overall, first SW, giving way to the first woman home.
In fifth place was ex-Ryston member Marie French, now W40.
Beth Shaw finished 11th, and Gill Hart 126th/third W65.
In the Mile event, Ryston juniors were led home by Aidan Howard, third overall, and Lola Kidman the first girl in eighth and Evie Clayton the second girl to finish.
Also flying the Ryston flag were Thomas Elsdon, Rory, Leo, and Izzy Wood, Ruby Smith.