Yarmouth athlete Dowsett sets a shining example at UEA Sportspark

Great Yarmouth & District Athletics Club enjoyed success in the regional sportshall championships at the UEA Sportspark.

The winning teams from each section would go through to the national finals at the NEC at Birmingham in April.

In the Norfolk U13 girls team four GYDAC athletes had made the 12-strong team. The opposition was from Essex, Cambridge and Hertfordshire with only the winning teams going through to the final.

Amy Dowsett had been elected team captain and led by example winning three golds in the speed bounce, six-lap race and Paarlauf with Natoya Rimmer. Natoya Rimmer had a great high jump competition winning with a 1.49m jump, another gold in the four-lap race and gold in the Paarlauf race with Amy Dowsett. Jasmin Kemp doing the shot improved her best to 9.50m to take the silver and Chloe Long in the two-lap relay helped the team to win the gold.

The cheers went up as three of the teams from Norfolk out of the four made the finals the U13 girls, U15 girls and the U15 boys with the U13 boys just missing out in second place.

U15 girl Phoebe Baker won gold in the four-lap race and the Paarlauf to help the team reach the final. U13 boy Michael Cross won bronze in the six-lap race to help the team to 2nd place. The Yarmouth athletes had a great haul of medals nine gold, one silver and one bronze. The athletes in the winning teams now have the grand final to look forward to where the competition will be against 12 other regional winning teams.

On Saturday several athletes from the Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club competed for their county schools athletic teams in the regional cross country championships at Ipswich. The counties competing were Norfolk, Suffolk, Northampton, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. In the U17 boys race Dominic Oliver had a great run to finish 3rd, Kyle Ella was not far behind in 7th place with Keelan Pywell well up the field in 21st place. In the U20 girls race Polly Davies finished in 21st place with Frankie Turner 48th and Amber Burton 55th. Catherine Lee in the U17 girls race finished in 11th place with Kelly Pywell 47th. U13 girl Flora Dell finished in 28th place. The race becomes part of the selection system to select the final teams for the county to compete in the All England championships in Somerset in March.

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Two members of Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club took part in both the Gorleston Park Run and Valentines 10K.

On Saturday, Penny Studley and Sue Fraser both took the opportunity of just an easy run in the snowy conditions. Both ladies are now regulars at the Saturday morning runs – Penny having achieved 11 first places.

On Sunday, Penny and Sue ventured out to Frettenham for the annual Valentines 10K organised by Norfolk Gazelles.

The run is a two-lap route around the village and attracted a total of 222 runners despite the overnight snow and freezing temperatures. The sun shone all the way round and assisted Penny to achieve a PB of 47:04 – well over a minute off her previous 10K time. Sue recorded a time of 51:47 and finished 3rd in her age category.

Yarmouth Road Runners

The weather tried its best to spoil the sold out Valentine 10k at Swanton Abbott last Sunday.

With club members unable to attend through illness or traffic concerns the club number were lower than usual.

The route was hilly but picturesque, through quiet county roads but the company of other runners made the event enjoyable. The club runners who won some personal battles were Richard Blake who won his age group again and Pauline Richardson who obtained a pb while also coming 2nd in her age group.

Results: 35 Richard Blake 40:45 (Winner age group), 64 Stephen Leeves 44:15, 91 Andy Peck 46:31, 120 Pauline Richardson 50:47 PB (2nd in age group)

Five hardy Great Yarmouth Road Runners members went to the weekly Parkrun on a cold and fresh morning at a longer than usual event in a field of seventy five rather chilly people.

Results: 11 Matthew Sutton 26:35, 14 Mark Peach 28:11, 15 Stephen Leeves 28:48, 32 Mike Dale 31:32, 45 Pauline Richardson.

At the club’s annual general meeting, two of the club runners came away with some well-deserved awards of excellence. Both Dianne Crosby and Carol Spong obtained the Diamond Award for race times they had achieved during the previous year.