Waveney Valley AC youngsters shine to claim East Anglian League success

PUBLISHED: 07:41 01 September 2017

Waveney Valley AC youngster Abeni Beckham in hurdles action at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: James Gooch.

Waveney Valley AC youngster Abeni Beckham in hurdles action at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: James Gooch.


The final regular fixture of the East Anglian League took place at Bury St Edmunds with many of Waveney Valley’s athletes in fine form.

The U13 boys excelled, winning the fixture, with the U17 men and senior men also racking up good points for third place finishes.

With a full squad of U11 athletes, Agatha Gouldby starred for the girls in the 600m with a second place finish in a time of 2:05.5. James Burgess ran another impressive race, clocking in at 1:56.2 as he crossed the line third.

In the 80m, Agatha again recorded the second fastest time of the girls with 12.4s, with Alfie Caplin Waveney’s fastest boy with 12.5s. Rounding a great day for Agatha’s best effort of 3.62m in the long jump was enough for victory and broke the club record, whilst in the shot put Jude Benson-Smith took another win for Waveney with a best of 5.59m.

Amber English was the only U13 girl in action for Waveney and she continued to show improvement with a trio of second places over 200m in 30.0s, long jump with 4.11s, and shot put with 6.46m — all personal bests.

A strong U13 boys squad saw many great performances from a dominant Waveney. Joel Burgess took a 200m win in 27.3s, 800m win in 2.30s and long jump win with 4.85m and Finn Howes a 75m hurdles win in 13.8s. Ethan Hodds won the shot put with 7.63m and the quartet of Burgess, Howes along with Ben Cone and Vaughan Beckham won the relay with 58.6s. There were plenty of B string wins too with Cone in the long jump (3.69m) and 800m (2:42.2s), Seth Frankland in the high jump (1.10m), Vaughan Beckham in the 75m hurdles (16.2s), Finn Howes in the 200m (28.8s) and Charles Hardy in the 100m (16.0s).

Fran Catchpole made her debut at U15 level along with Abeni Beckham. Fran registered 14.1s over 100m, 29.5s over 200m and had a best jump of 4.40m for a third place finish.

Beckham again won the high jump with a best of 1.30m, took a second place in the shot put with 7.10m and a further second place over the 75m hurdles with a time of 13.9s.

Leon Field and Tom Russell were in U17 men action and recorded a number of top three finishes,

In fantastic news for the club, it was confirmed the U13 boys had qualified for the finals in second place of the 19 clubs who contest the East Anglian League, some of them much bigger than Waveney.

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