West Norfolk AC hurdler James leads way in county title

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Six athletes from West Norfolk AC competed for Team Norfolk in Norwich for the home match of the Youth Development League.

As a composite Norfolk-wide team, Under 20 and U17 athletes compete with team mates across the county and they successfully won the match resulting in an overall first place finish in the Premier League second division.

This promotes Norfolk to the top division next year where athletes will compete against the very best in the UK.

U20 hurdler James Greenhalgh led the way with two fantastic A string victories in both 400 hurdles and his favoured 110m hurdles. Greenhalgh ran 15.72 in the 110m hurdles, just outside his best and against a stiff head wind.

The quick starter went on to run a fine first leg of the 4x100m relay leading to victory for the Norfolk team. He followed this up with a fine opening leg to hand over in the lead in the 4x400m relay although the team did later slip to fourth position.

West Norfolk’s quality hurdling continued with U17 Rahim Benson. Benson ran well in the 400m hurdles for second (61.6) and third in the 100m hurdles (14.96). Benson ran a great leg in the U17 sprint relay with the team third overall and also helped the U20 team with a fine last leg in the 400m relay. Harry Knight made his debut at this level and was rewarded with a fine fourth place in the A string shot with 10.66m.

Lucy Edwards found the conditions tricky in the triple jump but did well in the long jump for a fine second place in the A string for U20s (4.82m). Emma Dewdney battled hard in the Pole Vault but again found the conditions really tricky.

Dewdney has scored well all season and has also covered events for injured athletes.

U17 athlete Hannah Greenhalgh moved up to the U20 hurdles events, winning the B string for 100m hurdles and third in the 400m hurdles. Greenhalgh returned to her own age group to cover the javelin, placing sixth in the A string.

Thanks to all the officials and volunteers who worked hard in hot temperatures.