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West Norfolk Athletic Club members blow away the cobwebs

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West Norfolk Athletics Club athletes have been returning to action once again as the lifting of lockdown restrictions continues.

Structured competitions have begun again allowing athletes to blow away the cobwebs from lockdown, preparing to get into competition mode and the later start to the athletics calendar.

Club and friends of the Parkrun event that occurred every Saturday morning at 9am pre-Covid have been involved in a “Non Parkrun” event with last weekend being the third outing.

Pictured above, from left, are: Lucy Oakley, Charlie Williams, Jack Pishorn, Alfie Williams at the Nuneaton Pingles Stadium. (47332099)
Pictured above, from left, are: Lucy Oakley, Charlie Williams, Jack Pishorn, Alfie Williams at the Nuneaton Pingles Stadium. (47332099)

Runners set off in groups of six in line with Covid restrictions.

V45 athlete Neil Watson was fastest last weekend in 20.09 minutes, leaving him second overall alongside Gareth Hunt, from Ryston, but the overall best so far is Neil Stapleton with 19.57mins.

Young talents Harry Malton and Henry Gosnell in 23.14 and 23.52 were seventh and 12th respectively.

It’s been good to see long-standing member and former coach Kate Bamfield taking part.

This event will keep going until UK Parkrun is back in the Walks hopefully full time once again.

Other events which have seen West Norfolk representation have been: The Norfolk Athletics Friday evening open series, the Loughborough & England Athletics Throws Pathway Invitational, the Birchfield Harriers NAL Warm Up event and “Peterborough & Nene Valley AC open graded events.

Under-20 athlete Alfie Williams. (47332131)
Under-20 athlete Alfie Williams. (47332131)

Under-20 athlete Alfie Williams had a great season opener with a personal best and an England schools National qualifying distance last weekend at Loughborough with a distance of 13.94m.

Alfie’s brother, under-20 athlete Charlie Williams, currently studying in Loughborough had his season opener at Nuneaton on Sunday with a 37m throw in the discus. Jack Pishorn, senior, delivered a seasons best also in the discus with a 19.66m throw.

Over in Peterborough under-15 Amelia Gooding competed in the 75metre hurdles in 8.75sec and the high jump with a 1.45m jump, both of which were pbs.

Also, senior athlete Tayla Benson ran a 61.0sec 400m and a season best.

At the UEA, in Norwich, under-11 athlete Myley Gilboy achieved a pb in the 75m flat in 12.1 seconds for second before posting 12.3sec the following week for third.

Senior woman Lucy Edwards. (47332090)
Senior woman Lucy Edwards. (47332090)

Charlie Broad, under-13 boy, achieved a pb in the long jump of 4.11m, while senior athlete Lucy Edwards achieved a season best of 4.65m in the long jump.

Under-20 athlete Marcus Holt ran a strong 200m to earn a pb in 24.8sec for fourth.

Vets 55 athlete Micheal Protheroe threw 8.40m in the shot, senior Nathan Protheroe jumped 6.07m in the long jump and Hannah Brown recorded 26.2 secs in the 200m.

Under-17 woman Lucy Oakley recorded 10.53m in the shot before posting a season best of 11.38m, also in the shot, at Nuneaton on Sunday.

Under-11 girl Myley Gilboy. (47332084)
Under-11 girl Myley Gilboy. (47332084)

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