Athletes get into their stride

On Sunday Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club competed in their first Anglian League fixture of the season at the Wellesley against teams from Braintree, West Suffolk, Norwich, Breckland and Ryston.

The under-13 girls’ team, who finished third out of 18 clubs last season, were hoping a home fixture would give them a good start, with several newcomers involved.

Amy Dowsett set the team off to a flying start, winning the 70m hurdles in 12.9, and adding two other wins in the 800m (2:40.8) and javelin (18:14).

Newcomer Casey Cork stormed the 100m, winning in 14.3, with Chloe Long taking second in the B race in 15.2. Erin Irwin and Georgia Clarke added further points in the 1,500m with second in the A race (6:19.4) and first in B race (6:44.9) respectively.

Ella Wakeley ran 32.6 to take second place in the 200m B race and another second place in the discus with 14.32.

The competition was decided on the relay. Yarmouth had to beat Norwich to win the fixture and did so in great style, winning in 62.1.

The under-15 girls had a new team, all having moved up from the under-13s but they performed well. Rhiannan Clarke had a close race in the hurdles, taking second in 13.7 and later winning the javelin (20.42m).

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Emily Anderson was second in the 100m (14.0) and Phoebe Baker won the B race in the same time. Kate Canham ran 31.3 for second in the 200m and Bridget Clarke high jumped 1.10m for third. The team finished a very satisfactory third.

The inter senior ladies’ group had some of their best results in the sprints. Katy Barber was just beaten into second place in the 100m with a time of 13.1. Polly Davies had a comfortable race in the B race to take first place in 12.8. In the 200m again Barber was second in 27.4 with Catherine Lee taking second place in the B race in 31.2.

The 800m saw Catherine Lee finishing in third place with a time of 2:35.2 while Tayla Burton (3:04.9) finished second in the B race.

Polly Davies completely dominated the 400m, recording a time of 60.3. In the discus, Emma Barwick threw 30.04m for second with Louisa Marshall 16.36m fourth in the B.

Emma Barwick and Donna Burton teamed up in the shot for two third places throwing 7.33m and 7.18m respectively. With second place in the relay the team finished third.

In the under-13 boys’ age group Conner Dobson, making his debut , had a great day with first in the long jump (4.15m), and two seconds in the 100m/200m in 14.3/30.1.

Billy Randell, in the B events, was second in the 100m (14.9), second LJ (3.67m) and third in the 200m (33.3). Patrick Manning ran 5:48.3 to finish third in the 1,500m and was third in the javelin (19.34m). Niall Simmonds won the high jump (1.10m) with a second place in the relay the team finished in third place.

Dominic Burnham competing in the under-15 boys age group put in two great sprint performances in the 100/200m races, winning both in fast times of 12.0/24.9. Chris Spink, running in the B 100m, was second in 14.9 and Matthew Wright in the B 200m finished second in 25.4.

The 800m saw Josh Clark take the lead and stay there to record a good time of 2:21.8 for his first place with Kane Simmonds taking first place in the B race in 2:38.4. Kane Simmonds added another first place in the high jump (1.40m), and a second in the triple jump (9.23m). Jay Turner’s 30.21m in the javelin gave him third place. With second in the relay they finished in third place.

For the under-17 boys, Mark Phillipson in the 100m/200m had two second places with times of 11.9/24.9 with Macauley Robinson winning the B 100m race in 12.4 and Tom Burgess the B 200m in 24.5.

In the 400m, Burgess was beaten on the line recording a time of 56.0. Dominic Oliver and Keelan Pywell, running the 1500m came away with two first places in times of 4:43.1 and 4:50.5. The 800m saw Dominic Oliver run into second place with Kyle Ella winning the B race. With a win in the relay they won this age group.

The junior/senior men carried on with the excellent sprinting. Richard Taylor completed the 100m/200m double with times of 11.2/23.0.

Shane Atherton, running the B 100m/200m, was also in good form and pleased with his two first places in times of 11.7/24.2.

Kevin Pywell competing in the discus and shot, finished fourth in both events throwing 21.26m/7.85m. The team finished in fourth place.

Result: 1 West Suffolk 604, 2 Norwich 558, 3 Great Yarmouth 444, 4 Braintree 159, 5 Ryston 108, 6 Breckland 98.