Young athletes move indoors

ON Saturday athletes from the Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club competed at the King's Lynn sports centre in the second fixture of the Norfolk Sportshall Athletics League, where athletic events are designed to be in sports-halls with specially designed equipment.

ON Saturday athletes from the Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club competed at the King's Lynn sports centre in the second fixture of the Norfolk Sportshall Athletics League, where athletic events are designed to be in sports-halls with specially designed equipment.

The U13 boys had an excellent day and improved on their third position last time by finishing second to the City of Norwich.

Mark Phillipson, Keelan Pywell, Luke and Marc Duval Woods were really in top form, producing second and first positions throughout the afternoon.

The U13 girls Catherine Lee and Kelly Pywell had some good results, especially in the six-lap race, winning the event. They managed to finish a creditable fifth, but lack of numbers let them down.

U11 girls Abbie McKinna and Kate Canham again worked hard but had to be content with eighth place.

Sophie McKinna in the U15 girls' multi-event competition was seventh in an individual competition where athletes do six different events.

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Sophie, who comfortably won the shot in this competition, has been selected to train with Geoff Capes and the top English shot putt athletes with the 2012 Olympics a target.

Anyone aged nine to 15 wishing to try sportshall athletics is welcome to come along and try it on Tuesday evenings at the CoFE, Lichfield Road, meet sportshall 7pm.

On Sunday, competing in the second race of the Ryston Runners' series of cross- country races at Shouldham Warren, Keelan Pywell in the U13 boys' race improved on his first race position of third by finishing second with a much improved time for the 3000m course of 11:45.

Catherine Lee, in the U13 girls' race, was involved in a close race for first place but had to settle for third place, not quite managing to repeat her victory from the previous meeting but running almost the same time of 12:04 for the 3k course.

Frankie Turner, in the U15 girls' race, had a much improved run from last time, taking second place with a much faster time of 11:58 for the 3k course.

Holly Andrews, running in the U17 girls' race for the first time, finished fifth in a time of 21:11 for the 4.5k course.