Hail West Norfolk senior men for joint win in freezing conditions

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West Norfolk AC athletes found freezing temperatures, sleet and hail at the University of East Anglia for the first East Anglian League match of the season.

A tremendous team effort led to a fine third place for the under 15 boys and a terrific joint victory for the senior men, sharing first place with the host club Norwich.

Matthew Bailey led the way for the senior men easily winning the 110m hurdles in a new personal best and club record of 15.8. Bailey won the 100m B string in 11.6, a remarkable time in the wintry conditions.

Jack Pishorn picked up a number of points, particularly in the triple jump, plus a 400m third place in the A string event. Cameron Ross in the 400m placed third in the B string and scored well in the long jump and 200m. Ross, Bailey, Pishorn and first timer Neil Watson in the relay placed second. Watson had a fine debut in the 800 and 1500m.

Team manager Adam Dewdney gained a new shot PB (6.85m) and placed fourth in the discus. Fully blindfolded Wesley Houghton assisted by guide runner Michaela Raine ran an excellent 100m in 13.7.

Many of the senior athletes helped out with managing the team, officiating and coaching duties – John Greenhalgh picked up decent points in the 800m and particularly 1500m. Alan Williams has improved his throwing. His shot was 7.88m, javelin 22.85m and discus 17.93, plus decent points in his first ever triple jump.

The U17 and senior women compete jointly in this league. Hannah Greenhalgh continued her improvement with good 100 and 200m runs, the 200 in 29.7. Michaela Raine ran 46.3 in the 300m and 3.17 in the long jump. Emma Dewdney bagged a 1.30m PB high jump for overall third and second in the 300m and fourth overall in the triple jump.

Emily Owen threw well in discus and hammer, the hammer her best event (23.68m). Zara Koenigsberger placed fourth in the shot with 7.99m and threw 15.67 in the discus, then took part in a barnstorming 4x 100m relay. Raine, Koenigsberger, then Dewdney and Greenhalgh were inches from upsetting the home club. Jude Faulkner threw a fine 35.43m hammer for second, plus 17.01 in the javelin.

U17 man Rahim Benson bagged an excellent early season hurdles run of 15.2 for second.

U13 boy Joe Williams produced an excellent 100m sprint, winning the A string event in 13.8, plus third in the long jump (4.20m). U13 girl Abby Watson had a fine PB in the high jump, clearing 1.15m. Holly Lawrence ran the fastest 80m of all the U11s, in 13.0, plus 2.95m in the long jump and a brave 600m in 2.13.

U15 boy Charlie Williams broke the club record with a huge 11.70m in the triple jump, winning by a distance. Williams won the 300m in 41.5 and ran a fine 12.6 in the 100m. Nathan Smalls ran well in the 200m, long-jumped well into the headwind (4.91m) and had a decent 100m run (12.8). Rudi Stevens proved his long jump class with an excellent A string victory in 5.03, plus third in the ‘A’ javelin (29.24m). Alfie Williams managed three PBs, tackled the 800m bravely and continued his shot improvement with 10.64m for A third, and third in the javelin with 17.18m. Mason Higby was a centimetre short of his team mate in the shot, winning the B string in 10.63.

Higby was second in the discus with 29.27 and had a brave 1500m. Haydn Buffham had a great debut in the 80m hurdles placing second in the A string, plus a fine 800. The U15 boys team placed third in the relay in a fine team effort.

U15 girl Hannah Cant also had a fine debut. Cant ran well in 200m and 800 (3.13m) and also showed her versatility in the hammer. Class athlete Lucy Koenigsberger found the conditions too tough to be able to release the hammer with her normal style but bagged a fine A string victory in the shot, 10.42.

Thanks to all the officials and team managers.