On Sunday the clubs juniors track and field season kicked off with our first fixture in the Eastern Young Athletes League at Ipswich. After struggling for athletes in this league over the past few years we decided to try forming a composite team with the other local clubs. Beccles and Bungay Harriers and Bungay Black Dogs accepted our invitation and we formed The North Suffolk Composite Team.
We had a successful day, with 36 athletes competing coming in 5th out of 6 clubs, the 5 other clubs are fortunate enough to have facilities we could only dream of so to come 5th and only 23 points off 4th was a great way to start the season. The U13b, U13g, U15b and U17m all came 4th in their age groups.
We had three new club records set on the day and two in the Discus. Milly Weddle in her first outing as an U13g set a new record of 15.93m and in the U17m Michael Van Haren threw 31.65m for a win and a record and in the U17w Abeni Beckham set a new 80mH record with 15.2s With Personal Bests in plentiful supply despite the swirling winds top performances from the day go to Milly Weddle (U13g) winning the Javelin A, and coming 2nd in the A String Shot and Discus, in the U13b Jude Benson-Smith and Alfie Caplin completed a double A & B win in the Shot Putt. In the U15g, Amber English and Kiera Kane produced good Long Jumps to finish 3rd in the A and 2nd in the B, Joel Burgess A and Vaughan Beckham B (U15b) also had good Long Jumps with both coming 2nd in their strings with Joel also picking up a 2nd in the 300m A. In the U17w as well as her club record in the 80mH Abeni picked up a good win in the Triple Jump A and 4th in the Long Jump A and in the U17m Michel Van Haren took two A String wins in the Shot and Discus.
Well done to all the athletes that competed, everyone had good performances which will put them in good stead for the season. Thanks to all the parents that helped out and to Rick Littlejohns, Lynn Emmett and Antony Sinden that officiated the field events, to Vicki Burgess with the new vests and Cavell Beckham who team managed.
The full results will be on the Power of 10 website in a few days
On Thursday the clubs athletes embarked on the 2019 Track and Field season at Great Yarmouth. Traditionally a very cold opener and this meeting was no different! With rarely run races for the juniors the club had 6 new club records set and one so close it deserves a mention.
The club records came from James Burgess U13b breaking his own record in the 600m with a 1:48 and he set a new record 8.8 in the 60m, in the U15b Vaughan Beckham and Joel Burgess both ran the same time with 8.3 to set a new 60m record with Joel lowering his 150m time to 19.8. In the U15g Amber English picked up a good win and new record of 23.1 in the 150m and Abeni Beckham ran 22.1 to set a new 150m record for the U17w. Josh Smith narrowly missed out on the U13b Mile record running 5:55.0 missing out by just 0.06s.
Many new athletes competing for the first time did very well especially in such tough conditions, so well done to all!
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.