Waveney Valley AC athletes shine in county championships

PUBLISHED: 06:45 19 May 2017

Action from the Norfolk Athletics Championships at the UEA Sportspark. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Action from the Norfolk Athletics Championships at the UEA Sportspark. Picture: Sonya Duncan


Athletes from Waveney Valley AC were in fine form on Sunday at the Suffolk Track and Field Championships at Ipswich Athletics Stadium.

Following a busy start to the season, with the club already contesting round one in both the East Anglian League and Eastern Young Athletes League, 14 Waveney athletes were in action.

Between them they collected eight county titles, six silver medals and a further six bronzes. The performances saw eight club records tumble along with a championship record too.

With nine U-13 Waveney athletes in action, Kiera Kane, in her first full season, with the club took a bronze in the long jump with a best jump of 4.01m.

There were medals aplenty for the boys, with Joel Burgess crowned county champion over 100m with a club record time of 13.5. He then followed up with a silver in the 200m with 27.5.

Finn Howes also took a title in the 75m hurdles with another club record time of 14.1s. A third champion was Ethan Hodds in the discus with a best of 21.28m, also taking a bronze in the shot with 7.19m.

Vaughan Beckham gained a bronze in the javelin with a best of 18.45m with Jack Gooch taking silver from his clubmate with his final throw of 19.87. In the high jump Seth Frankland took another bronze with a best clearance of 1.05m. Also in action were Nathan Littlejohns and Ben Cone.

Abeni Beckham (U15), showing signs of a heptathlete in the making, was crowned county champion in the triple jump with a new club record leap of 8.94m, a silver in the high jump with 1.25m, and a bronze in the 75m hurdles (13.5).

Harriet Lyman won golds in both triple jump and 800m, where she also beat U20 and senior woman with another club record time of 2:26.6s. A quickly improving Leon Fields (U17) was a triple medallist with silver in 100m hurdle with 15.4s, 100m in 11.8s and 200m with 23.9s. Sam Stevens (U17) claimed a 1500m bronze with a time of 4:43.5s.

Mason Hodds was the club’s final double champion in his first year as an U20 athlete. He took a shot put gold with a best of 9.75m and followed it up with another in the triple jump with a club record 12.18m.

The club is welcoming new members to training on Thursday evenings, contact Michaela on 0794 1423244 for more information.

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