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West Norfolk teams clinch podium places in EMAC series

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A mixture of seasoned pros and athletes on debut battled hard for West Norfolk Athletic Club to finish on the podium in the first match of the EMAC series.

The two veterans teams finished third in both the men’s and women’s categories at Peterborough.

The women’s team consisted of just two ladies as others missed the match due to work commitments and injuries.

West Norfolk AC (56608517)
West Norfolk AC (56608517)

In the V35 category and on debut, Jen Gosnell, following in her fathers footsteps, competed in four events. Gosnell won the discus, throwing 16.29m and triple jump (7.17m); and came second in the 100m (16.7s) and hammer (11.67m).

In the V50 category, Debbie Schwarz finished third in the one mile walk and third in the hammer that she enjoyed so much that she missed the start of the 3,000m.

The men’s team battled well but suffered a couple of injuries on the evening that cost them valuable points.

Ian Reeve in the V60 category damaged his knee on the first throw in the hammer in his first event of the evening.

John Moore, the other V60 athlete, returned from heart surgery last year to finish third in the 100m (16.2s).

In the V50 category, Mark Garrett ran a storming 400m to finish second in a time of 67.6s and won the triple jump (7.25m). Unfortunately in the 100m, Garrett pulled his hamstring but valiantly hobbled over the line in third to gain the team extra points.

Ricky Bailey (V50), after his recent marathon exploits, finished second in the high jump and third in the hammer (14.85m) and discus (18.64m).

In the V35 category, Matt Lamb ran well in the 100m (12.7s) and jumped well in the triple jump (8.59m) to come second in both events.

Ben Collison managed to throw the hammer 9.79m for third which was a remarkable feat as it was almost as big as him.

Collison was also third in the 400m (72.4s) and fourth in the 3,000m immediately afterwards (11m43.8s).

Neil Watson filled in where necessary to finish third in the one mike walk and the discus (15.04m) and somehow managed to win the high jump with a 1.3m clearance.

Finally a last minute put together relay team of Collison, Moore, Watson and Lamb were just pipped to third in the final 4 x 100m event.

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