Hurdlers take pride of place at Memorial

West Norfolk AC 2015 Keith Ward Memorial at Lynnsport on Sunday.
West Norfolk AC 2015 Keith Ward Memorial at Lynnsport on Sunday.
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West Norfolk AC hosted a record turnout for the 2015 Keith Ward Memorial at Lynnsport on Sunday.

Some high quality athletics was organised brilliantly by Wally Oliver, Paul Bailey and their team, including a number of officials from visiting clubs.

The West Norfolk hurdles group took pride of place with four golds and one silver.

Hannah Greenhalgh and Taylor Benson both stormed to victory in the under 17 and U20 60mH respectively, both breaking the club record. Greenhalgh ran a National Qualifying time of 9.9secs in her race as well as running a fine 60m flat time of 8.5 seconds, a new personal best. Benson, returning from illness also won the 60m sprint in 8.3secs to add to her hurdles victory in 9.6secs.

Matthew Bailey, a first year senior athlete, broke two club records winning gold in 60m (7.4secs) and 60mH (9.1), competing excellently over the full sized hurdles for the first time. The U20 mens race was won by James Greenhalgh who equalled his team mate’s time of 9.1secs, a new pb. Greenhalgh also ran a new 60m flat pb of 7.6secs.

New athlete Rachel Chapman (U13) performed brilliantly for silver in both 60mH (10.8) and 60m (9.1), showing great promise for the future.

U15 athlete Ella Scott also made a hurdles debut running well in her heat (12.7) to add to a decent run over 60m and 3.51m long jump. In the same age group Megan Evans also made her hurdles bow (12.6) in addition to a 3.56m long jump.

Emma Dewdney (U17) made a return to form with fourth in triple jump, 8.8secs in the 60m and she performed bravely for fifth in the 60mH in 10.8.

Both the U15 girls and boys 60m sprint exemplified the improved quality throughout the club In the girl’s race Abigail Rice won both her heat and the final (8.6sec). Charlie Williams stormed to victory in a national qualifying time and club record of 8.0 seconds. Williams also won the High Jump (1.45m) and was placed third in the Shot.

Nathan Smalls also smashed his pb in all his events, the pick of which was the 60m sprint (8.2 sec) for silver and the long jump (4.41m) for silver. Mason Higby picked up a bronze in the long jump (4.43m) and gold in the shot (9.63m). Rudi Stevens had a magnificent gold in the long jump (4.52m) and 4th in the 60m (8.9sec).

For the girls, Lucy Koenigsberger performed well, winning silver in the shot (9.32m), a new club record and a fine pb in the 60m sprint (8.7sec) for 4th, and also placed 2nd in the long jump.

Emily Owen will be pleased with her effort in the long jump, narrowly missing out on a medal in 4th place (3.84m).

Owen also ran the 60m sprint in 9.6seconds. Lily Edwards bagged a fine pb in the shot (3.45m).

For the Junior Men, Cameron Ross had fine efforts at both long jump (3.39m) and the 60m (8.7sec). Wesley Houghton (Senior) ran a great 60m (8.3m) plus bronze in the long jump.

In the sprint Houghton was placed just behind Adrian Coote (7.8) who added 4th in high jump (1.50m) and 5th in shot (8.19m).

U20 athlete Craig Brooks equalled his 60m pb in both the heat and the final in 7.5seconds, where he picked up a bronze. Brooks jumped well in the long jump narrowly missing out on 3rd (5.74m).

U17 Harry Knight managed a fine silver in the shot (9.27m) before playing rugby. His younger brother, U13 athlete Arthur Knight, placed 3rd in the shot with 6.84m. U17 sprinter David Vincent ran a fine pb to make the 60m final (8.1sec) where he finished 5th in the same time.

For the U17 ladies Zara Koenigsberger threw a fine pb in the shot for 4th (7.99m). Michaela Raine edged into the sprint final following a run off with Emma Dewdney and a Nene Valley athlete. She placed 5th in both runs in 8.8 seconds. Lucy Edwards won silver in a difficult long jump: 4.53m, a club indoor record. Edwards’s 9.32m in the triple jump won silver and another club record.

Aaron Raine (senior man) placed 2nd in the 60m sprint in a time of 7.7sec.

Veterans Jim Collings (8.3 seconds 3rd place), Robert Vincent (8.5 seconds 4th) and Adam Dewdney (8.7 seconds 5th) will all be pleased. Senior lady Victoria Fallow placed 4th in the long jump (3.96m) and her triple jump was just short of 10m.

Not to be outdone by his brother U13 boy Alfie Williams won the high jump (1.15m), 5th in the long jump and a fine 3rd in 60m (9.5sec).

The best of the rest included a win for veteran woman (over 55) Carole Filer with a stunning high jump of 1.45m.