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West Norfolk athletes deliver some top performances at Norwich

West Norfolk athletes took on the challenging weather conditions at the UEA, in Norwich, and delivered some top performances.

The latest Athletics Norfolk Open series of social distancing events included a number of events.

Under-20 representative Marcus Holt enjoyed a great day.

Ryston's Gaye Clarke. (42464523)
Ryston's Gaye Clarke. (42464523)

He took his 1500m race by the scruff of the neck to come in first 4m56.4seconds.

Holt was also first in the high jump with a height of 1.70m but had to go off to run the 100m in the middle of the competition due to an event clash, finishing third in 12.2 sec.

It is Holt’s debut season for the club and is certainly making his mark.

Under-17 boy Christian Tansey was first in his 100m race in an impressive 11.6sec - a new personal best time.

Ryston's Liam Clare. (42464528)
Ryston's Liam Clare. (42464528)

Senior woman Michaela Raine was fourth in the 100m in a time of 13.5sec.

Senior man James Greenhalgh won his 400m hurdle race whilst fighting against the elements.

Greenhalgh was being pushed into hurdles by the wind from one direction and battling into harsh head winds from another, but came in with a time of 60.3sec.

Bethany Barrett, representing the under-17 girls, was sixth in a mixed 100m flat race in 14.7sec.

Under-15 girl Amelia Gooding was on top form, finishing first in the high jump competition with a personal best performance of 1.40m.

She followed it up with second place in the 75m hurdles race in 12.9sec.

Hurdler James Greenhalgh. (42464490)
Hurdler James Greenhalgh. (42464490)

Gooding was also fifth in the 100m in a time of 13.7sec.

The 75m flat race was a mixed contest.

Under-11 girl Evie Sooley came in fifth and under-11 boy, Myley Gilboy was sixth, both in a time of 12.6sec

Well done and a big thank you to Athletics Norfolk for putting on a good safe event once again and to all officials who got absolutely drenched and very cold throughout the day to enable the event to go ahead. Especially to the club’s very own Wally Oliver and Paul and Matthew Bailey to name a few.

If you are interested in getting involved as an athlete, official volunteer or coach please contact West Norfolk Athletics Club via their website to find out how to join in at: https://www.westnorfolkac

Four Ryston athletes braved the awful weather conditions to compete, while Lindsey Clare stood out in the wild elements all afternoon to provide the necessary support for the officials.

Liam Clare and his coach Gaye Clarke both competed over the hurdles, the latter setting a new age PB of 15 seconds over 80m.

Clare, making his debut over 100m hurdles in the Saturday rain, took a first place with 14.8, equalling the club record for his age group.

Marcus Holt in the high jump. (42464496)
Marcus Holt in the high jump. (42464496)

The youngster also ran to a PB over the flat 100m of 12 seconds.

Ella Goldring also tackled the 100mH, recording a PB of 14.7 to take the win in her race.

Evis Goldring ran her debut race over 1500m, and was placed ninth in 5.56.9.

In far more clement weather conditions, despite the race not starting until 21.45, Cath Duhig did her first race for more than six months, taking part in the Región de Murcia Masters Championships on Sunday.

Lining up on the track in Cartagena as the sole female competitor, and the oldest by a good 15 years, she completed the 5000m race walk in 30.44 to take a championship medal.

This was an 85 per cent age grade, the same as Clarke achieved in the hurdles race on Saturday, reflecting how useful the age grading tool is for measuring equivalent performances across the various athletics disciplines.

Other Ryston members were engaged with completing virtual stages of the Round Norfolk Relay.

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