West Norfolk youngsters take on biggest athletics challenge

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West Norfolk AC athletes are preparing for the biggest sporting challenge of their lives at the National Sportshall Athletics Championships this weekend in Manchester.

The club is very proud of under-15 boys; Nathan Smalls, Charlie Williams, Mason Higby and Haydn Buffham, U15 girl Lucy Koenigsberger; and U13 boys Alfie Williams and Joseph Williams.

The dedicated group have been training twice weekly in addition to the normal track and field training in order to be ready for the prestigious event where they represent their club, county and East Anglia following success at the Regional Championships. The club wishes them all the best at this high level of competition.

Sportshall athletics is the indoor version with events such as standing long jump and vertical jump plus races with turning boards.

Elsewhere a number of athletes took part in an early season competition at Lee Valley in London. A cold headwind put paid to fast sprint times but all competed well in a graded meeting where athletes compete against others at the same level irrespective of age group. Lucy Koenigsberger threw a good shot, the furthest at her age group in 10.06m. Matthew Bailey ran well in the 400m hurdles (63.17), narrowly beaten by team mate James Greenhalgh in 61.91, a club record.

Greenhalgh added a decent early season time in the 110m hurdles (15.94). Emma Dewdney is starting to master the 300m hurdles running a fine personal best in 58.22. Dewdney also struggled against the wind in the 100m but will be well pleased. Similarly Hannah Greenhalgh found the 100m tough but ran well in the 80m hurdles leading at halfway until a stumble lost her a couple of places.

Charlie Williams ran against a -5m per second headwind for the 100m but found the 300m more straightforward in neutral conditions (40.32). Williams then went on to throw a huge PB in the shot (12.02m). Brother Alfie Williams threw just over 10m in the shot and then dealt with the conditions better than anyone, running a new 100m PB in 13.74. Mr Williams senior also threw the shot in a very creditable 7.88m, a PB.

Also at Lee Valley but this time indoors, Ben Richards excelled in the Pentathlon, his first attempt in a multi event competition.

Richards placed 12th overall and will be pleased with PBs in hurdles, long jump, shot and 800m, four out of the five events.