West Norfolk AC Senior Mens team competed in the East Anglian League Final in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
WNAC performed excellently all season to qualify for the final in seventh spot with the top eight from the league matches making the grade.
They matched their league position with a creditable seventh, the highest placing Norfolk team in the league and final. Team spirit remained high throughout the season and just nine athletes filled the team sheet with two required in each event, with many having to take part in events they don’t train for. The team was well led by Tim Brooks.
The 110m hurdles began in stunning fashion with a double victory in both the A and B races. Matthew Bailey, a first year senior, won the ‘A’ in a time of 16.5s and James Greenhalgh won the ‘B’ in 17.0. Greenhalgh is not a senior for two years and this was his first outing over the 3’6 inch barriers.
Bailey went on to place sixth in the 100m and 200m B races and Greenhalgh fifth in the triple jump, sixth in the long jump and seventh in the high jump (all A string).
On a day when personal bests were hard to come by, Adrian Coote managed a new hammer best of 22.67 for 8th as a last minute stand-in. He added fifth in the javelin A (38.40), sixth in the shot and seventh in the discus (both A string). Coote also ran an excellent B 400m in 54.8 for fourth spot.
Craig Brooks ran an excellent 400m A. The competition was tough and the improving Brooks had too many tough events but will be well pleased with 52.9. Brooks also placed sixth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m, both A string.
Ben Collison took on both the middle distance events in the A races against very high quality fields placing seventh in the 1500m and 8th in 800m. This was an excellent performance following recent half marathon training. In the 800m Jack Pishorn ran just outside his PB in a time of 2.36.2 for fourth (B).
Pishorn placed seventh in the B string javelin and 8th in the discus. Club coach John Greenhalgh epitomised the team spirit by filling the 1500m B spot running a season’s best 5.41 for seventh. Adam Dewdney, a stalwart all season, in the shot B competition placed 8th in 5.94m.
Richard Mohan placed a creditable third (11.28m) in the B string triple jump. Mohan also picked up points in Long jump (5th) and high jump (6th), both B string. Mohan picked up a knee injury which led to the busy Coote standing in for the last event of the day, the 4x100m relay.
Greenhalgh, Matthew Bailey, Coote and Brooks placed sixth in 46.6, a little unlucky with third spot only a couple of tenths faster. Thanks to Paul Bailey who was field referee for the match.