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Waveney Valley youngsters shine as the sun beats down on the Wellesley track

PUBLISHED: 06:59 02 June 2017

Waveney Valley AC Under-13s  Vaughan Beckham, dipping for the line (left) and William Butcher (middle) in action at the Wellesley Stadium. Picture: Club

Waveney Valley AC Under-13s Vaughan Beckham, dipping for the line (left) and William Butcher (middle) in action at the Wellesley Stadium. Picture: Club

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On a sun-baked Wellesley Track in Great Yarmouth, round two of the inter-club tournament took place, with Waveney Valley AC athletes against up against competitiors from four other clubs.

Waveney Valley AC athletes who represented the club in a big junior event in Great Yarmouth,  from left to right, Abeni Beckham (U15 winner), Abigail MacKenzie Websale, Gracie Parr and Taran Pledger (U17 winner). See inside for a report. Picture: ClubWaveney Valley AC athletes who represented the club in a big junior event in Great Yarmouth, from left to right, Abeni Beckham (U15 winner), Abigail MacKenzie Websale, Gracie Parr and Taran Pledger (U17 winner). See inside for a report. Picture: Club

U11 and U13 athletes competed on a Quadkids-based system with U15 and U17 athletes choosing three events from 100m, 200m, 800m, long jump and javelin.

Both Waveney’s U11 and U13 boys finished the day on top with 873 and 784 points respectively, with Waveney’s U11 girls third with 649 points and U13 girls second with 481 points.

In the U11 competition Agatha Gouldby again competed strongly for a second place overall finish including victories in the throw with 18.78m and long jump with 1.88m, with Millie Weddle claiming fifth place. Young athletes Molly Knowles and Anna Colbridge were also in action. Thomas Supple was Waveney’s top U11 boy, winning the throw with 28.19m and scoring 216 points overall for a second place finish, just one point of the winner.

Further strong performances saw James Burgess claim fifth place overall and Liam Bridges in sixth, James running a fantastic 600m in 1:58 to claim a win and break the two minute mark.

In the U13 event, Benjamin Cone took the overall win for Waveney with 225 points where he clocked 14.4s in the 100m. Vaughan Beckham took a win in the throw with a best of 34.63m.

Kiera Kane, Isabella Christmas-Ablett and D’Arcie Ives finished third, fifth and sixth respectively in the girls event, with Isabella clocking 14.1s in the 100m for joint first.

Waveney tasted further success in the U15 events, with Abeni Beckham claiming overall victory in her three events of 100m, long jump and javelin with Gracie Parr and Abigail MacKenzie-Websdale also competing. For the boys Leo Joscelyne was victorious, with George Browne in third and Thomas Spurgeon in fourth, Leo running 13.2 in the 100m, 2:39.7 in the 800m and registering 4.69m in the long jump. A superb pb from George Browne in the 800m saw him record 2:32.8s.

Leon Field and Alec Wilson were in action in the U17 events, with Taran Pledger making her debut. Alec and Taran both claimed wins with Alec running 12.5 in the 100m and 2:32.4 in the 800m. Waveney are next in action on Sunday in round two of the Eastern Young Athletes League in Cambridge.

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