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Six Ryston Runners teams take part in prestigious race

The Hereward Relays, always a popular event, hosted by March AC, took place on Sunday, the course taking competitors from Peterborough to Ely Cathedral.

Six Ryston teams featured among the 100 taking part, with the best result being achieved by the men’s E team of James O’Neill, Nic Bensley, Richard Ebbs, and Ben Keeley, while the women’s D team (Rosie Booth, Jacky Walsingham, Lorena Latisaite and Lydia Growns) just missed the podium, placing fourth behind the host club.

Individually, James O’Neill re-established himself as the winner of stage one and Richard Ebbs was the first Master to finish stage three.

Additionally, Ryston member Graeme Leeson ran the whole course by himself, finishing in 6.13.31.

One of the best features of this event is how it brings members of all ages and abilities together in one competition, and this year was no exception.

Older master athletes and junior runners made up the respective teams, as well as some of the longest-standing members to some of the newest.

Teams and positions

Stage 1: 1 James O’Neill E, 12 Toby Leigh Hayton F, 15 Malcolm Tuff A, 34 Rosie Booth D, 37 Jamie Bransgrove C, 62 Pauline Drewery B.

Stage 2: 10 Nic Bensley E, 38 Leslie Robins A, 39 Kevin Howlett F, 43 Matt Hitchcock C, 54 Jacky Walsingham D, 72 Julia Norman B.

Stage 3: 3 Richard Ebbs E, 30 Michael Howlett F, 32 Robert Wilton A, 45 Lorena Latisaite D, 47 Martin Heeley C, 82 Juliette Meek B.

Stage 4: 4 Ben Keeley E, 16 Gavin Reynolds C, 19 Lydia Growns D, 33 Martin Ive A, 60 Kevin Took F, 98 Karen Smith B.

n In San Javier, in Murcia, Spain, Cath and Pete Duhig took part in the half marathon and 10k races which were part of the town’s patronal festival celebrations.

Cath walked the two-lap half marathon course in 2.18.45, finishing second from last in the race but, as is usual out there, 1st W60.

Pete ran a cautious 10k race, finishing halfway down the field of 100 in just over 51 minutes.


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