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Ashley's athletes excel again

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

The winning Ashley School team.

The winning Ashley School team.

The Ashley school travelled to UEA Sportspark to take part in the East Anglian Special Schools Championships.

Travelling with a reduced squad due to the extended bridge closure the team arrived just in time for the first round of the field events.

The Ashley school travelled to UEA Sportspark to take part in the East Anglian Special Schools Championships.

Travelling with a reduced squad due to the extended bridge closure the team arrived just in time for the first round of the field events.

In the Under-17 discus and shot Holly Durbidge and Manning were competing for the first time in these events and both took second places in both events with personal bests.

In the U17 Girls, Chelsea Dixon jumping a year young was a star of the day and won the long jump with a personal best of 4.40m, only 10 cm off the old record which has stood since 2002.

Lewis Pryke was the boys star of the day winning the U15 long jump with a fabulous jump of 4.90m, breaking the record of 4.64m from 1999.

The track events took place in the afternoon and started with a sound third place in the U15 800m from Daniel Scarlett.

In the 400m, Ashley took a second in the U12 boys but in the older races gained three excellent first places.

Dixon in the U17 girls clocked 72.6, a second off the record.

Pryke U15 boys in 67.76 and Adam Szucs in a blistering 60.92 a second off beating a 1976 record.

The 200m saw three second places and a first for Durbidge in the U17 girls.

In the 100m, Dixon and Pryke finished their individual events with another first place in their respective age groups.

George Johnson put in a storming run in the U12 boys to come home in gold medal position.

Szucs was raring to go for a pb in the 100m but unfortunately took a nasty fall three steps into his running.

It was to his credit he got up and finished the race.

The relays were to be very important for points and the Ashley U14 girl's team comprised of three year 6 runners, Jade Hurren, Kayleigh Reed and Sophie Atkins, along with Kimberley Aspland from year 8.

They managed an excellent second place beaten only by an older team from the Denes High and Harris Middle school.

The U12 boys came second. The U16 boys missed came home in second and the U14 boys of Lewis Pryke, Antony Warne. Sean Houghton and Daniel Jones were gold medal winners.

The points were added together, the girls retained the girls' team trophy.

The boys narrowly missed out on retaining the boys' trophy, having 98 points and were runners up to Sidestrand Hall from Cromer who had 102 points.

The combined total meant Ashley retained the overall trophy and have achieved this accolade since at least 1990.

Following on from some great results six youngsters will extend their experiences by competing at The 11th National Athletics Championships for Athletes with Learning Difficulties in Manchester tomorrow.

Kimberley Aspland, Pryke, Durbidge, Dixon, Manning and Szucs will travel up with PE teachers Jackie and Roger Milton today staying in Manchester ready to compete on Saturday at the Sportscity Stadium.

All six athletes are competing in three events they have been training regularly in their specific events as well as doing general fitness training for the last two weeks and still continue to gain personal bests, especially in the field events.

“I would like to thank City Of Norwich Athletics club for providing the youngsters with spikes for the weekend and would particularly like to wish our athletes the very best of luck and thank both the school and the youngsters families for their support with training etc,” said Jackie Milton i/c PE.

“We hope to be able to report back on some fine achievements on our return.”

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