It is with great sadness, we have to advise members and friends that Brian Boardley has passed away.
Many of you will know Brian has not been coaching or officiating with the club since the summer, having had an operation for cancer and undergoing radiotherapy. For the past few weeks Brian has been in hospital, and he passed away today in Beccles.
Brian was born on 16/10/42, and in November 1970, with three like-minded running friends, formed Lowestoft AC. Brian had been a notable athlete in London with a best time of 53:12 for 10 miles but retired from competition through knee injury seven years after moving to Lowestoft in 1969.
A qualified coach and race timekeeper, Brian was very much involved in the merger between Lowestoft AC and Beccles AC in the spring of 1996 with the new club being called Waveney Valley Athletic Club. He had served as Club Chairman for Lowestoft AC and has since for Waveney Valley AC.
In recent years, in addition to officiating at numerous track and field events, and timekeeping at the clubs and other local races, Brian has coached the Junior athletes, with his passion especially coaching the middle distance athletes. Brian recently received the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and was also made Life President at the AGM. Brian was also recognised by Suffolk Sport in 2016 for his dedication to sport with the Unsung Hero award. Brian inspired so many young athletes, he will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Brian xx
In the Inter-Club Sportshall Tournament in Lowestoft, the host Waveney were in action against athletes from Gt Yarmouth & District AC, Beccles and Bungay Harriers, Bungay Black Dog AC and Framlingham Flyers. There were 90 athletes in action, with just under 40 from the host club, where all athletes contested 2 and 4 lap races, long jump, speed bounce and chest push with the medalists scored across all five events cumulatively.
Waveney’s boys excelled with a 1-2-3 for the U11s led by Lewis Barnes, James McAllen and Ben Littlejohns taking bronze. It was the same with the U13s with William Browne taking gold, followed by James Burgess and Thomas Supple. Another gold went to Waveney U15 Vaughan Beckham, followed by Tom Spurgeon with silver.
Our next Inter-Club event is Cross Country.
We are in 1st place for U11 and U13 boys, and also 1st overall, but we need a full turnout with Girls and Boys to maintain our overall position.
Our U11 and U13 boys are in the 1st four places individually, whilst our U15 boys are in 2nd and 3rd places.
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Many young athletes from Waveney Valley AC concluded the Suffolk Sportshall with the County Championships in Ipswich.
Waveney boasted a total of 12 county champions with a further 19 silver and bronze medals returning to Waveney. On the track, athletes competed over 2 and 4 laps (U11s over 1 and 2 laps), long jump, triple jump, speedbounce and shot put (chest push for U11s).
In the U15 event, Abi MacKenzie-Websdale followed up her fine league form with four gold medals and a silver, with Kiera Kane collecting two silvers. In the boys events, Vaughan Beckham collected one gold along with two silvers and two bronzes.
In the U13 girls events, Agatha Gouldby was Waveney’s only medallist where she claimed bronze in the shot put with a best of 5.70m. There was more success for the boys however, led by Jude Benson-Smith claiming a hattrick of golds in the shot put, triple jump and speedbounce. Alfie Caplin also medaled in the shot put with a silver with Reuben Colbridge taking bronze in both the 2 and 4 lap races.
In the keenly contested U11 events, Tia Duncan claimed four county titles in both the 1 and 2 lap races along with the triple jump and long jump. She took a further bronze medal in the chest push, with Anna Colbridge taking a silver medal back to Waveney in the triple jump. A highly competitive boys event saw no gold medals for Waveney’s boys, however Bailey English-Sutton claimed a bronze in the triple jump, likewise James McAllen in the long jump with the pair taking a silver and bronze respectively in the chest push. Lewis Barnes rounded up Waveney’s medalists with a silver in the speedbounce and a bronze in the 2 lap race.
There was further good news for Waveney’s athletes with 23 call ups to represent Suffolk in the Regional Sportshall competition which takes place on 9 February at the UEA in Norwich.
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We had two U11 boys teams competing in XC relays organised by JAFFA at Bourne Park in Ipswich.
All boys ran superbly well with the team of Lewis Barnes, Theo Chong and Josh Smith winning the event, with great runs from our other team of Cohen Copeman, Oscar Chong and Wilf Gouldby.
Photo below of the boys before the event, and there should be more uploaded later today of the boys in action.
Well done boys!!
We are always looking for keen helpers, and we start them young!
Good luck to Tom and Abeni doing their Leading Athletics course today in Loddon.
We had 4 athletes attend the Southend-on-Sea Open Championships, difficult conditions with a heavy headwind but it remained dry. This was the last Championship of the season and what a season it has been for them!
Joel, in his first year as an U15 saw fantastic results.
Gaining 5th place in 100m at Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 13.1s).
Gold in 200m at Suffolk and 4th at Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 26.2s).
6th in 300m at Peterborough
(Season best of 41.2s).
Gold in Triple Jump at Suffolk and Bronze at both Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 10m93)
Abeni won her third Gold medal of her season in Triple Jump, a hat trick win in Suffolk, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea Championships.
(Season best of 9m60)
Silver in Long Jump at Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 4m45)
Josh won Gold in 100m at Suffolk, Silver at Southend-on-Sea and placed 5th at Peterborough
(Season best of 11.4s)
Gold in 200m at Suffolk and Silver at Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 23.5s)
Gold in Long Jump at Suffolk, 4th at Peterborough, 5th at Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 5m63)
Leon gained Gold in 100m at Peterborough, Silver at Suffolk, Bronze in Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 11.5s)
Silver in 200m at Peterborough, Bronze at Suffolk, Bronze at Southend-on-Sea
(Season best of 23.4s)
Gold in 110 Hurdles at Suffolk, Silver at Southend-on-Sea, Bronze at Peterborough
(Season best of 16.13s)
From L-R: Joel Burgess, Abeni Beckham, Josh Mayston, Leon Field.
After an hour of fun and games on the field tonight, including Tug of War! The club celebrated the team and individual successes over the past 12 months prior to the awards.
Thanks to those parents who helped officiate (we hope to have an officials course soon) and who have helped throughout the year especially running out with the Juniors.
Special thanks to James Russell who has coached U11 athletes throughout the year, to Leon Field, Lewis Covill and Tom Spurgeon who have also helped during the summer – Tom and Abeni Beckham will shortly be undertaking a Leaders workshop, with Leon and James looking to undertake a Coaching Assistant course.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
U11 most improved: Ana Colbridge & Lewis Barnes.
U13 most improved: Gabby Wright & Reuben Colbridge
Best Sportshall: Joel Burgess & Amber English
Best T&F: Josh Mayston & Abeni Beckham
Best XC: James Burgess & Ella Newman
Coaches Athlete: Agatha Gouldby & Lewis Covill
Athletes Athlete: Abeni Beckham & Josh Mayston
Well done to all our athletes who have competed for us over the year – it’s what they train for, and what as coaches we love to see in addition to their great performances is the team spirit and sportsmanship they display.
On Sunday two of Waveney’s junior teams travelled to Bury St Edmunds for the East Anglian League Finals.
In what proved to be a final of the highest standard our U13b and U15b had a hard day but all the athletes performed very well.
The U13b finished 8th overall with best performances coming from William Browne 3rd in High Jump A, Seth Frankland 2nd in High Jump B, Liam Bridges with 4th in the Javelin and Jude Benson-Smith breaking the U13b 3kg Shot Put record with 5th place and 7.10m
6 of the 8 boys that competed are junior U13’s so we are all looking forward to next season as they grow as a team
The U15b despite only having 4 athletes came 7th from 8 with some strong performances and personal bests
Michael Van Haren secured our only win of the day launching the Discus out to 33.68m
Waveney athletes have finished their outdoor season with Cross Country and Sportshall being top of the agenda as we head towards Christmas.
Quick thanks to all the athletes that competed this season and to all the parents that have helped us with officiating too, it’s very much appreciated!
Our 2017 U13b East Anglian League team has been shortlisted in the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards for Sporting Achievement of the year!
Last season, our U13b in the league format split the 2 superclubs of the league with Ipswich taking the win just 23 points ahead of us and Norwich coming in 3rd.
We achieved many wins during that season and at the finals day we came 3rd overall with just a few points separating 1st to 3rd and we picked up 5 wins and many 2nds and 3rds there too
It was a magnificent achievement when you consider our relatively small catchment area and lack of facilities.
With great coaching and excellent attitude the boys excelled throughout the season.
Just to be shortlisted for this award is an honour, the awards are announced on 11th October at the Victoria Hotel
Left to right- Finn Howes, Ethan Hodds, Jack Gooch, Vaughan Beckham, Ben Cone, Joel Burgess, Seth Frankland, Nathan Littlejohns and William Browne.
Waveney Valley A.C. members, both junior and senior, have been competing in a variety of events recently. The club had several debutants amongst its four teams that took part in the inaugural CONAC Sportshall Relays. New and regular athletes competed very well with key performances coming from the Under-11 boys ‘ Farah ‘ team of Liam Bridges, Tom Supple, Reuben Colbridge and Jude Benson-Smith as they picked up second place in the Obstacle relay final. The team were placed fourth overall.
Waveney sent a strong Under-13 girls team consisting of Amber English, Kiera Kane, Gabby Wright and Isabella Christmas-Ablett. The foursome came third in the Obstacle relay, 4×1 and 4×2 finals, and Gabby and Isabella came up with the performance of the day to dominate the 8 lap Parlaaf, winning by two seconds. The girls finished third overall.
Others competing were Under-11 boys team ‘ Gemili ‘. Bailey English-Sutton, Josh Brabben, James Burgess and Alfie Caplin finished fifth overall and Waveney had a very young Under-11 girls team with Ana Colbridge, Ruby and Eden Benson-Smith and Zoe Burgess also finishing in fifth overall. The Under-11 girls team also won best team name with Waveney Asher-Smiths.
The club are currently accepting new members over the age of 11 who would like to compete in athletics. There is a waiting list in operation for younger athletes. Contact Michaela on 07941 423244 for more details.
On Sunday 3 juniors travelled to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre for the London Indoor Games.
All 3 performed brilliantly well amongst some of the best athletes in the UK with all 3 claiming club records. Gabby Wright made her track debut in the U13 girls and showed us the talent she has claiming two indoor club records in the 60m 9.40 and 200m 31.01, the 200m time ranks her at 89 in the UK.
Joel Burgess competed for the first time as an U15 and in his first ever 300m race he set a new indoor club record of 43.42 and it ranks him at 18 in the UK, Joel also set new indoor club records in the 60m and 200m, last up was Abeni Beckham in the U15g, Abeni had a fine day securing indoor club records in the 60m with 9.00s and Shot Put (3KG) 7.56m the 60m time puts her at 254 in the UK rankings
Seventeen members of the senior team competed at the Snetterton Race Track recently over a flat 10k course. There were personal best times for many, including Waveney’s first four runners to finish. Results: 8 Dylan Neeve 37:03 (pb), 22 Steve Carruthers 39:02 (pb), 42 Leon Neeve 40:51 (pb), 60 Darrel Roberts 42:05 (pb), 129 David Mower 46:05, 145 Gary Tuttle 46:45, 221 Kerry Saunders 50:16, 296 Jon Andrews 53:09, 386 Paul Harrod 55:47, 390 Dave Catchpole 55:24 (pb), 429 Demelza Hammond 57:10 (pb), 636 Sarah James 1.06:51 (pb), 687 Bev Hudson 1.11:02, 737 Kate Howlett 1.16:54, 745 Paul Hierons 1.21:25, 749 Jan Piggott 1.22:53, 751 Amy Liddell-Andrews 1.25:43.
Club members recent 5k parkrun pb’s: Jack Gooch 20:25, Patrick McCabe 23:59, Daryl McKeown 24:31, Louise Harrod 25:34, Beth Stephens 27:34, Maggie Godfrey 30:08, Jane Jackson 35:56, Sarah Jones 31:53, George Browne 19:29, Dave Catchpole 26:17, Chris Meadows 18:49, Sarah James 30:15, Jim Burgess 17:56, Leon Neeve 19:57, Darrel Roberts 21:08, Mark Spackman 27:00, Demelza Hammond 28:43, Simon Cross 31:18, Steve Barber 20:33.
Sam Stevens put in his best performance in the league so far, in finishing in fifth place overall with his time of 14:43. Harriet Lyman finished in 17th place overall was fourth in the girls section with her time of 16:19. Abigail Mackenzie-Websdale competing in her first winter league meeting, clocked 22:08 in 37th place overall and 7th in the Girls U: 13 age group.