Fine team effort

On Sunday Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club travelled to Peterborough for their second fixture in the Anglian League against Peterborough, Nene Valley, Huntingdon, Leighton Buzzard and Braintree.

Yarmouth were confident with a fairly big squad, although they had a couple of weak sections. The team came second with their best performance for several years and are confident they will get better in their remaining two fixtures.

The under-13 girls’ team stood second in the league to Peterborough. Amy Dowsett got them off to a good start, winning the 70m hurdles in 12.9 seconds with Georgia Clark third in the B race in 16.2. Amy was in action almost straight away but still dominated the 800m, winning in 2min 42.0sec.

Newcomer Natoya Rimmer made a great debut in winning the 100m in 14.2 with Casey Cork running 14.9 to win the B race. Casey then won the 200m (30.8) with Ella Wakeley second (32.7) in the B race.

In the 1500m, Erin Irwin and Amy Newton won the A and B races with times of 6:00 and 6:03.8, another great result for the team.

In the field events Jasmine Kemp won the shot(6.89m) and the javelin (17.06m). Ella Wakeley completed a third victory in the throws, in the the discus, with 16.23m.

Natoya Rimmer added another victory in the high jump with a huge jump of 1.40m and Chloe long gained second place in the long jump(3.55m). The relay team put in a great run, winning in 58.8, enough to give the team first place.

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It was a day when success seemed to be running through the whole team. The under-17 boys’ team, although small on numbers, were producing excellent results.

Mark Phillipson won the 100m (12.2) then Dominic Oliver showed great form in winning the 800m (2:09.9) with Kyle Ella taking the B race in 2:14.9. Tom Burgess ran 25.0 for second place in the 200m and Mark Phillipson won the B race in 25.5.

The triple jump produced another two first spots with Dominic Oliver (10. 27m) and Keelan Pywell (8.96m). Winning the relay in 52.3, the team were well pleased with a first place.

The inter/senior ladies’ section covers a wide range of age groups, U17/U20 and senior women all competing in one competition. The Yarmouth team was buzzing with enthusiasm.

Frankie Turner started the ball rolling with her second place in the 80m hurdles in 13.8. Catherine Lee ran a good 800m for second place (2:29.9).

Polly Davies in the 100m was the club’sr only A race winner of the day with a time of 13.0, with Amber Burton (14.2) third in the B race.

In the 300m Frankie Turner finished third (47.6) in the A race and Catherine Lee was first in the B race in 49.0. Katy Barber ran 27.5 for fourth place in the 200m race with Amber Burton second in the B race in 28.5.

Emma Barwick threw 29.13m for second in the discus with Tayla Burton winning the B event with 19.79m. Katy Burton, trying the triple jump, was second (7.68m) with Donna Burton winning the B event in 7.63m.

The team really pulled together, covering nearly every event, and were rewarded with a first place, beating Peterborough by some 13 points, a really great effort.

The under-15 girls were fielding a much weakened team but those present produced some good individual performances.

Lauren Peach was just pipped in the 100m (13.5) and Phoebe Baker was second in the B race in 14.7. Lauren ran better in the 200m (27.6) for a first place. Phoebe Baker ran well in the 300m again to finish second (46.2). Rhiannon Clarke was second in the long jump 4.33m and second in the javelin (21.78m). The team finished in fourth place.

Again in the under-15 boys section the club had a much weakened team but Dominic Burnham, who is putting in some excellent performances over the 100m and 200m at the moment, was just beaten in both these races, returning times of 12.3 and 24.7.

Chris Spinks, running the B races, finished third in both with times of 15.2 and 32.5. Josh Clark, running the 1500m, put in an impressive performance to win in 4:51.6 and added a victory in the B discus with 18.22m.

Jay Turner in the javelin threw 32.09m for first place. He added two second places in the discus (19.42m) and shot (5.70m). The team finished fourth.

The junior senior men’s team really rallied to the cause. Richard Taylor was getting near to his best form running in the 100m (11.2) and was just beaten into second place. However he gained revenge in the 200m when he took first place in 22.4.

Shane Atherton running the B race 100m and 200m finished third in both races with times of 11.8 and 24.5. Mark Turner had a busy day but his best performances were finishing fourth in the 800m in 2.26.4 and sixth in the 3000m (11:04.2).

Kevin Pywell finished second in the B 3000m race in 11:46.3s and added many more points in various field events. Andrew Baker, competing for the first time, added lots of points in the field events but his 4.21m long jump for fourth place was his best performance of the day. With fourth place in the relay the team finished in a very healthy third place.

In the U13 boys section it was disappointing to have only one competitor, who was Connor Dobson. He put in two good runs in the 100m and 200m for two second places with times of 15.0 and 30.6.

Overall result: 1 Peterborough 618 points, 2 Gt Yarmouth 451, 3 Nene Valley 406, 4 Hunts AC 283, 5 Braintree 262, 6 Leighton 172.

Other Performances:U11 Girls 80m, 600m, LJ, Hannah Clarke 13.1, 2:13.6, 2.90m, Molly Bean 14.0, 2:18.5, Daisy Spurway 14.2, 2:08.5, Alice Wakeley 14.2, 2:08.5, 3.13m. Under 11 Boys 80m, 600m, LJ, Kai Beadle 13.1, 2:20.3, 3.32m, Callum Clarke 14.5, 2:08.0, 2.98m. U13 Girls 100m, 200m, LJ, Emily Curtis 16.4, 2.98m, 33.4, SM 100m Jordan Sears 12.5.

Polly Davies will be the only representative from the club competing in the senior girls’ 400m at the England Schools Athletic Championships at Gateshead this weekend. With a a best time of 58.33 this season she has a good chance of making the final. She represent the Suffolk Schools Athletic Association.

Sophie Mckinna, who would have been one of the hottest favourites for gold at these championships, had to withdraw to concentrate on the World Youth Games in France.