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Ryston Runners host opening race of 2021 Cross Country Grand Prix Series



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A busy and varied weekend for Ryston Runners AC saw the first event in the 2021 Cross Country Grand Prix Series.

The irrepressible Howard boys were in action again in Shouldham Warren during a busy weekend, with Rhys placing ninth in a U9B event won by Ryston’s Maximus Hawkins, and Aidan leading home a Ryston one-two-three in the U11B, with Thomas Simmonds and Leo Wood completing the podium party.

These youngsters set the bar high for their senior counterparts, but the feat was repeated in two of the Masters categories, with Andrew Simmonds leading home John Hopgood and Daniel Guppy in the M40s and Nicky Roger, Debbie James and Pauline Drewery doing it in the W50s.

Women's Masters winner Nicky Roger. Picture: Tony Payne. (52408306)
Women's Masters winner Nicky Roger. Picture: Tony Payne. (52408306)

There were medal doubles too for outright event winner Callum Stanforth, first SM, and Robert Simmonds third SM, Maureen Wolfe first and Pauline Sparrow third W60, and Nic Bensley and Martin Sheldrick second and third M50s.

Archie Rowe first and Ethan Ward second had already achieved this in the junior races, Ward being another who had competed in Sportshall the previous day.

Jessica Lawrence, third U11G, and Owen Hopgood, second U17M, also went home with category medals, as did Owen Jary, first M45, Tony Savage, second M60, Emma Wood, second W35, Emma Thompson, third W40, Elaine Lumley, first W45, and Wendy Fisher, third W55.

Senior men's winner Callum Stanforth. Picture: Tony Payne. (52408297)
Senior men's winner Callum Stanforth. Picture: Tony Payne. (52408297)

Other Ryston results: U9B 5 Logan Greenwood; U11B 4 Rory Wood, 7 Toby Turner; U11G 5 Faith Turner, 6 Casey Wood, 9 Leah Beagles, 10 Martha McKenzie; U13G 6 Alisha Greenwood; U15B 6 Sam Doughty, 7 Dylan Whitehouse; U15G 4 Isabelle McKenzie; SM 7 Toby Leigh-Heyton, 8 Jason Cooper, 13 Gareth Hunt, 14 Tristan Langley; SW 4 Tiegan Moore, 6 Jade Cooper; M40 6 Dan Pratt, 9 Adam Howard ,10 Ian Wiggins, 16 Kevin Took; W40 6 Kerrie Page; M45 4 Mark Fountain, 9 Mark Doughty, 10 Matthew Parker, 13 Charlie Wilson; W45 4 Helen Melville; M50 5 Sean Connolly, 18 Will Honeybone; W50 7 Helen Driver; M55 4 Martin Ive; M60 4 Kevin Howlett, 6 Christopher Milnes.

Word has it that it was not only out on the courses that competition was fierce, with the traditional tea tent table looking more like something from The Great British Bake Off.

John Hopgood (45959699)
John Hopgood (45959699)


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