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Waveney Valley AC Under-13s impress in East Anglian League Finals

PUBLISHED: 09:15 22 September 2017

Waveney Valley AC's U13 boys team following Sunday's East Anglian League final. From left, Finn Howes, Ethan Hodds, Jack Gooch, Vaughan Beckham, Ben Cone, Joel Burgess, Seth Frankland, Nathan Littlejohns (missing William Browne). Picture: Waveney Valley AC

Waveney Valley AC's U13 boys team following Sunday's East Anglian League final. From left, Finn Howes, Ethan Hodds, Jack Gooch, Vaughan Beckham, Ben Cone, Joel Burgess, Seth Frankland, Nathan Littlejohns (missing William Browne). Picture: Waveney Valley AC

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The last track and field match of the season for Waveney Valley AC took place at Bury St Edmunds in the East Anglian League Finals.

Just the U13 boys qualified from Waveney and a series of fantastic performances placed them in third place, just 10 points short of second placed Norwich, against the eight teams taking part, who in turn qualified from 16 teams.

The weather conditions were poor, making the two new club records being set all the more impressive.

Joel Burgess rounded off a fine season, winning all his A string events, 100m in a club record 13.4, 200m in 27.7 and long jump with 4.74m. Finn Howes capped a consistent season with first in 200m B string, second in B long jump with a new pb of 4.18m and a strong 75m hurdles setting a new pb and club record in 13.6.

Vaughan Beckham’s late season bursts saw him win the shot put B string with a pb of 6.16m. He also came fourth in the 75m hurdles B string and fifth in high jump A with a further pb of 1.25m.

Ethan Hodds threw a pb of 7.75m in a high standard A string shot put contest. He also threw 20.35m to come third in the discus.

Ben Cone ran to fifth in the 800m B and sixth in the 100m B with Jack Gooch competing in a rain hit 1,500 and javelin, with William Browne also competing in the 1,500m.

Seth Frankland was placed fifth in the high jump with 1.10m and Nathan Littlejohns finished seventh in his 800m A string race.

Meanwhile there was local interest in Challenge Almere, a long distance triathlon set in the city of Almere near Amsterdam won by Norfolk’s Joe Skipper. This year it was also used as the European Championship, a race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike followed by a full marathon.

Four Lowestoft Road Runners braved appalling conditions and performed well.

Paul Lyon finished his first Ironman distance triathlon in an impressive 10 hours 45 min (swim 1.19 bike 5.37 run 3.34) while Shaun Crowley, racing following a horrific bike crash two years ago resulting in back surgery, overcame the odds to finish in 13.05 (swim 1.26 bike 6.26 and run 4.47) finishing two places ahead of Karen Archbold.

Karen completed her first ironman in 13.08 (swim 1.25 bike 6.53 and run 4.34) while Simon Bunting completed the event in 13.42 (swim 1.14 bike 6.53 run 5.02).

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