Young athletes battle it out

Twelve junior members from Waveney Valley Athletics Club travelled to the Sportspark, Norwich for the first round of the East Anglian Track & Field League.

Twelve junior members from Waveney Valley Athletics Club travelled to the Sportspark, Norwich for the first round of the East Anglian Track & Field League.

There were seven newcomers - Elin Anderson, Sophie Bowler, Niall Hart, Thomas Cookson, Juliet Cookson, Jamie Finch and Ewan Anderson.

At U11 Sophie Bowler came second in long jump A with 2.87m and in the 80m in 14.0sec, and fifth in the 600m in 2:22.1. Elin Anderson was first in long jump B with 2.72m and second in the 600m in 2:11.1.

Thomas Cookson was 10th 600m in 2:25.1 and the club's youngest runner Niall Hart, eight, ran 600m for 12th in 2:35.5, then came sixth in 80m in 15.1sec.


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Juliet Cookson was sixth in the U13 100m in 17.7sec and in long jump B with 2.84m. Megan Soanes won her 800m by 5.0 secs in 2:45.3, was third in 200m with a pb 30.5sec and third in long jump A with 3.96m.

Ewan Anderson and Jamie Finch at U13 scored the most points for the club, Ewan third in 100m in 16.3sec, second in sprint hurdles and 200m B in 34.1sec. Jamie came third in long jump with 3.47m, second 200m A in 32.4sec and won the 1500m, which he had never ran before on the line after a 150m sprint finish.

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Rachel Smith U15 finished fifth in 100m in 13.8sec.Dominic Oliver came fourth in 800m in 2:31.6, sixth in long jump with 3.59m and fourth in 400m in 69.8sec, up an age group.

Tamsin Desborough and Polly Davies, senior ladies put in some very encouraging performances, Tamsin fifth in 1500m in 6:39.6 and discus with 12.59m and second in long jump B with 3.10m. Polly was third in long jump A with 4.06m, fifth in 100m in 13.5sec and fourth in 300m in 44.8sec, both pbs. Waveney sit seventh overall.

Juniors meet every Monday and Wednesday at the Denes High School 6.30-8pm. For more details see www.waveneyvalley.org

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