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Fourteen Ryston Runners members among the thousands covering the 26.2 miles in the capital




A busy few days for Ryston Runners AC saw members commence the 2019 track and field season, participate in a Quad Kids event, as well as taking part in the first race in a Norfolk Road Race series and the London Marathon.

Getting their racing out of the way in midweek, Adam Matthews and Kevin and Wendy Farquhar battled the customary winds along Yarmouth seafront in the first event of the five-mile road race series there.

Matthews, returning to the promising form he showed as a junior runner, was third senior man and fourth overall in 28.29.

Both the Farquhars notched up personal best times over the distance, Kevin running 33.07 and Wendy 54.30.

The London Marathon was at the other extreme of both distance and participation numbers, and 14 Ryston members were among the thousands covering the 26.2 miles.

Amy Chapman (9388209)
Amy Chapman (9388209)

The first of them to end his journey round the famous course was Will Honeybone (M45), who ran 3.06.23. Warren Armtrong (M45), troubled in the latter stages by a niggling hamstring, finished next in 3.15.50, before another athlete who had recently been battling injury, Martin Ive (M50), crossed the finish line in 3.20.38.

Martin Ive (9388195)
Martin Ive (9388195)

There were then some fairly close finishes, remarkable in such a large field, as a mere three minutes separated five Ryston athletes: Amy Chapman (SW) 3.22.07; Lesley Robins (W45) 3.23.10 (personal best); Dominic Hughes (SM) 3.23.16; Simon Able (M45) 3.24.10; Stephan Harris (M50) 3.25.06. Les Scott (M60) ran 3.34.07.

Lesley Robins. (9388227)
Lesley Robins. (9388227)

The next Ryston Runner home was Eamonn McCusker, setting a new club M65 best time of 3.53.44, before two more club members broke the four-hour barrier, Jamie Bransgrove (M40) 3.54.58 and Anna Smith (W40) 3.56.48.

Stephan Harris (9388246)
Stephan Harris (9388246)

Matthew Hitchcock (SM) suffered somewhat after about 16 miles but hung on to clock 4.16.41, and Martin Blackburn (M60) whose preparations had been irretrievably interrupted, battled round to finish in 4.51.42.

A lone Ryston furrow was ploughed over the same distance in Berlin where Karen Smith (W50) ran 4.15.48.

n More London Marathon news from West Norfolk Athletic Club and Renegade Runners on pages 70 and 71.



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