West Norfolk Athletic Club hosted the Keith Ward memorial indoor meeting at the weekend which was run jointly with the Norfolk County Championships.
The blue ribbon event, the Senior Mens 60m sprint, was won by home athlete Matthew Bailey in 7.2 seconds, the fastest 60m time ever run by any age group by a WNAC athlete in the club’s history.
Bailey also went on win to another gold in his favoured hurdles event (8.8). Teammate James Greenhalgh won the 60m hurdle gold in the under 20 in 8.8 seconds and bagged another gold in the long jump with a fine 6.05m, a personal best. Greenhalgh also gained a silver in the 60m sprint (7.6). Lucy Koenigsberger won gold in the shot for U15 girls in a huge 10.31m. Her sister Zara won silver in the U17 shot (8.08). U13 Poppy Tunmore will be well pleased with a fine high jump victory (1.15m). Elizabeth Wood jumped 1.10m for bronze, and Abby Watson and Millie Bastian both jumped 1.05m. Tunmore and Bastian ran well in the 60m sprint and Elizabeth Wood jumped 3.09 for 6th in the long jump.
Emma Dewdney returned to Pole Vault action with a fine gold and a new indoor county record (2m). Dewdney ran season’s bests in the sprint and hurdles qualifying for the finals in both events. Hannah Greenhalgh also ran season’s bests in the sprint and hurdles qualifying for both finals (10.1 in the 60 hurdles).
Lucy Edwards struggled to find her best form in the long jump although did win silver, but grabbed gold in the U20 triple jump, 9.23m. U17 man David Vincent just missed out on a final place but managed a PB in the 60m (8.0).
The U15 boys provided great entertainment. All West Norfolk athletes made the final with Charlie Williams just pipped for gold by Norwich’s Jamie Greenacre. Williams will be pleased with his heat and final both run in 7.8 seconds. Nathan Smalls placed 4th with a fine PB of 8.0 followed by Alfie Williams with another PB in 8.7 and Luke Batterham also in 8.7 ( Batterham ran 8.4 in the heat). In the field events Smalls shone with a great long jump of 4.95m for gold. Charlie Williams won silver in 4.88m, Haydn Buffham bronze in 4.31 and Alfie Williams placed 4th in 4.14m. Williams however gained a deserved bronze in the shot, finishing just behind his older brother Charlie (9.43m). Gold in this event went to Mason Higby with an excellent 10.72m, a PB. U15 girl Abigail Rice, returning from injury, ran an excellent 60m in a new PB (8.5) for a fine silver medal.
U13 boy Adam Pitkin-Bovington won bronze in shot and competed well in the long jump and 60m. Joseph Williams will be really pleased with a fourth in the long jump (3.77m). He added a fantastic silver in the 60m sprint (9.1). Amber Scott had a memorable fine silver with a new best time in the 60m (9.0). Scott also placed 3rd for bronze in the long jump with 3.67m. Emily Collins ran a PB in the sprint heat but just missed a place in the final(8.9), but won silver in the long jump for U17 women with 3.55m.
Cameron Ross jumped 4.0m in the long jump, just outside his best, threw 5.59m in the shot but will be most pleased with a senior mens’ final spot by running a great PB in the heat (8.5). Jack Pishorn just missed out on a final but will be happy with his run of 8.7 seconds. Veteran athletes Jim Collings, Robert Vincent and Adam Dewdney, placed fourth to sixth in the Veteran final with Dewdney equalling his PB in the heat. Alan Williams made a a great start to his veteran career with a fine run of 10.5 in the sprint and an excellent shot put of 7.53m.
Two U11s made great starts to their careers. Holly Lawrence in the long jump and sprint won two fine bronze medals. Ryan Wood won silver in the long jump and 60m sprint. Amongst the best of the rest, international shot putter Sophie McKinna from Great Yarmouth won easily with a new Keith Ward record of 15.13m and Commonwealth Games heptathlete Katy Sealy (Ipswich) included a fine long jump win (5.20m).
Thanks go to all the officials and helpers, and also to the staff from Lynnsport.