Waveney AC’s indoor season gets off to an impressive start

PUBLISHED: 08:34 20 October 2017

Abeni Beckham, – U15 girls' winner, in shot put action. Picture: James Gooch

Abeni Beckham, – U15 girls' winner, in shot put action. Picture: James Gooch


The indoor athletics season started with a bang for athletes from Waveney Valley AC with three back-to-back Sportshall competitions.

The youngsters have been in action in round three of the Inter-Club Tournament, and round one of both the Suffolk and Norfolk Sportshall leagues.

Round three of the Inter-Club event was the Sportshall leg which was hosted by Waveney Valley AC at East Point Academy in Lowestoft.

Around 80 athletes were in action with a keenly-fought contest between the hosts, Bungay Black Dog, Beccles and Bungay Harriers, Great Yarmouth and Framlingham Flyers.

Both Waveney’s U11 and U13 boys teams finished the day victorious, with the U13 girls in second place and U11 girls, with a depleted team, fourth place. The boys individually were as dominant as their teams with 1-2-3 in both age groups — U11 led by Thomas Supple scoring 122 points, Jude Benson-Smith with 120 in second place and Alfie Caplin in third with 109 points.

The U13 contest was won by Joel Burgess with 122 points from Vaughan Beckham (116)s and Ben Cone (111). Although Waveney’s U13 girls team was second, the winning girl was Amber English scoring 121 points over her five events, with Kiera Kane tying for third place with 109 points,

Just Agatha Gouldby and Ana Colbridge were in action for Waveney’s U11 team. Agatha won the two lap and chest push and was second in the long jump for an overall second place.

There was further individual success with Waveney’s U15s with Michael Van-Haren taking first place and Tom Spurgeon second, and Abeni Beckham winning the girls contest. With just the Cross Country leg of the tournament to go, Waveney’s teams are in strong positions to retain their shields.

Round one of the Suffolk League found Waveney in dominant form. Waveney’s main U11 and U13 boys teams and U13 girls teams all won, against some strong opposition.

Also performing strongly were Waveney’s second U11 and U13 boys teams placing fourth and third respectively.

Round one of the Norfolk League Waveney’s U11 boys again beat all before them, with the U13 boys finishing a strong second just five points behind the hosts City of Norwich AC. Both girls teams performed well with several notable individual successes.

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