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Under-15 competitor is the stand-out performer for West Norfolk Athletic Club at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich

West Norfolk Athletic Club returned home with a good medal haul from the annual Norfolk County Athletics Championships at UEA Sports park, Norwich.

Running alongside this event was the special Olympics and the county quad kids event for the under-11 age group.

The stand-out performance came from under-15 boy Christian Tansey, who brought home county titles and gold medals in both the 100m and the 200m.

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County athletics 5 (10272131)

In the 100, he won his heat in 12.0sec and in the final he claimed the top spot in style with an 11.9sec personal best winning run.

The following day in the 200m, Tansey was the clear winner with another personal best and new club record of 24.2sec.

Under-17 athlete Alfie Williams won the county shot title again with a 13.26m put.

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County athletics 3 (10272112)

Williams also won silver in the discus with a massive nine-metre personal best (35.24m), but had to settle for a bronze medal in the long jump after a hamstring pull meant he had to retire half-way through the competition.

On the second day, he withdrew from the high jump due to the injury he picked up the day before but still took part in the javelin, where he won a silver medal with a 26.88m throw.

Arthur Knight won the county title in the under-17 men’s hammer with a new personal best throw of 41.79m and won the bronze medal in the discus with a 30.89m throw.

Ben Richards won the county title in the U17m 400m hurdles in 65.1 sec.

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County athletics 1 (10272096)

Joseph Williams had a great weekend, winning the county title in the under-17 javelin with a 30.16m throw.

Williams also bagged two bronze medals in the triple jump (9.93m) and the 100m (12.6sec), was fourth in the long jump (5.15m) and ran a PB in the 200m (25.2sec).

Under-20 man Charlie Williams threw a personal best (35.63m) for gold and the county crown in the discus.

Williams also won silver in the shot (12.43m), bronze in the javelin (28.90m), was fourth in the 400m (54.2sec) and sixth place in a very fast 200m (24.4sec).

Nathan Protheroe won gold in the long jump with 6.01m.

The senior men didn’t disappoint either.

Rahim Benson jumped 6.44m for gold and the county title in the long jump, while Cameron Ross won double gold in the IPC long jump (4.66m) and the IPC 100m (13.3sec).

Ross also won one gold and two silvers in Special Olympics events with a season best (27.9sec) in the 200m, but the highlight was (12.9sec) in the 100m with a PB.

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County athletics 2 (10272105)

In the veterans age groups, Ben Collison won two golds in M35 long jump (3.96m) and M35 one-mile race (5m.13.6).

Neil Watson had donned his superman cape yet again to win four golds from as many events – M45 200m (27.6sec), M45 800m (2m30.4), M45 400m hurdles (71.4sec) and M45 high jump (1.40m).

Ricky Bailey won the county title in the M50 javelin (22.59m).

For the women, Under-20 athlete Michaela Raine had a marvellous championships.

Raine won gold and the county title in the 200m (27.7sec), silver in the 100m (13.2sec) and silver in the 400m (66.1sec).

Lily Edwards won three golds, a club and county record in the under-20 shot (4.06m) IPC 100m (20.0sec) and the IPC long jump (2.10m).

Katrina Wasteney won the county crown in the MW45 1500m steeplechase (6m45.2).

Jessica Milnes won gold in the under-13 discus (17.56m), silver in the shot (6.81m) and was fourth in the 100m heats (15.1sec).

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County athletics 4 (10272122)

Under-13 girl Betty Schwarz took part in the 800m (3m14.3) 18th, long jump (2.98m) 13th and Jennifer Wood, 70mH (17.3sec) seventh, long jump (2.44m) 14th.

Under-17 girl Elizabeth Wood won bronze in the high jump (1.30m), long jump (4.11m) seventh, 300m (49.9sec) fifth and Bethany Barrett, 100m (14.1sec) sixth, 200m (28.8sec) seventh, 80mH (13.7sec) seventh and Ruby Schwarz 100m (14.1sec) sixth.

Four of the club’s juniors competed at the Cambridgeshire County championships due to school entries.

Under-15 boy Charlie Tunmore was 11th in the 1500m (5m58.4) and sixth in the javelin (19.34m).

Under-15 girl Holly Lawrence was third in the 300m heat (49.12sec), seventh in the final (50.89sec), seventh in the 800m (2m45.28) and sixth in the long jump (3.84m).

Under-17 woman Emilia Bastian was fourth in the triple jump (9.14m), seventh in the long jump (4.13m) and seventh in the 200m (30.23sec), while Poppy Tunmore was 12th in the long jump (3.55m).

Second claim athlete James Greenhalgh, running for City of Norwich, won the senior men’s 400m hurdles title (56.2) with a PB and club record for West Norfolk.

Lucy Koenigsberger, a second claim athlete, won gold in the under-20 hammer (42.28m) with a PB in her first competition this year after injury in the winter.

In the quad kids, under-11 star Charlie Broad won the title in the boys' group with some very impressive results across the 80m sprint (11.8sec for second), 600m (1m58.2 for second), standing long jump (1.85m for first) and vortex howler throw (33.79m for first).

Danielle Wathan was in the girls' group but did not make the top three this time.

She competed in the 80m sprint (15.2sec), 600m (2m.35.6), standing long jump (1.61m) and vortex howler throw (8.04m).

It was a successful championships for athletes and the volunteers alike who contributed in some of the organisation and much of the officiating over the two days of athletics.

Thanks to all those who took part, parents, volunteers, time keepers and field officials who helped out, including field officials Paul and Matthew Bailey and to Wally Oliver for being race starter for both days.


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