Next race in the Suffolk Winter XC League is at Woodbridge

Date: Sunday 5th December 2021.
Venue: Sutton Memorial Hall, Sutton, IP12 3DZ
Races: Junior Race (Age 11-16) Single lap, Approx 3500m, 1100 Start, Entry Fee £2
                Senior Race (Age 16+) Single lap, Approx 8000m, 1115 Start, Entry Fee £5
                There is NO Under 11 Fun Run
Runners aged 16 may take part in either the senior or junior race and must pay the relevant race fee for that race. They should bear in mind that if they wish to complete the series and be eligible for individual prizes, they must complete 4 out of 6 of the senior or Junior races – not a combination of the two.
Junior runners MUST be at least 11 years of age on the day of an event to participate in the 11-16 race. This is to comply with our race permit conditions.
Further Info:
NO “Guests” are allowed to run in the event and all competitors must be fully paid up members of SWL Clubs.
Team Result Sheets, Plastic wallets and Envelopes will be available for collection by team captains in the Shufflers Gazebo. Woodbridge Shufflers BACS details are on the envelopes.
Both Races start a short walk from the Memorial Hall on a Narrow Track. Marshals or signs will point runners in the right direction. There will be plenty of marshals with VHF radios around the course and the First Aid Team have an all terrain vehicle capable of reaching all parts of the course.
In particular, we ask runners to avoid warming up on the course in front of the start position then having to work their way back through other runners.
Facilities: The Sutton Memorial Hall will NOT be open this year and will be “Out of Bounds” to everyone other than for emergency First Aid use. Therefore, there are no changing facilities and runners are urged to arrive changed and ready to run. There will be NO refreshments available so runners should bring their own hot drinks if required and we ask that people disperse quickly once they have finished their race.
Portable Toilets and a 6 man Urinal will be available next to the hall and an “Accessible” toilet will be available on request. Car parking is limited and we ask that people lift share where possible.
All Clubs are welcome to bring their own Gazebos and we should be able to find space for them next to the Hall.
Seniors: If you wish to take part and haven’t yet paid the £10 entry fee that covers first claim members for all 6 races in the series (2nd claim members will need to pay per race entered), please do so here:
Once paid you can run in all remaining races for that one entry fee.
Age groups for seniors are set by age on 07/11/2021. Juniors is age on 01/09/2021.
Rule reminder: The SWL is a team event and therefore runners should wear the same design club vest.
Those not adhering to this rule may be excluded from the team results for that specific race.

Suffolk Winter League XC Returns at Framlingham

Date: Sunday 7th November 2021
Venue: Framlingham Sports Club, Badingham Road, IP13 9HS.
Races: Junior race (Age 11-16)
             Approx. 3500m
             10.40am. £2 Entry Fee.
             Under 11’s Fun Run
             Approx. 800m
             10.42am Free entry
             Senior Race (Age 16+)
             Approx. 8000m
             11am. £5 Entry fee.
All races will start and finish on the castle meadow. This is a 5 min walk from Race HQ. Please ask anyone wearing a hi-vis tabard or a Fram Flyers top if you’re not sure where you’re going.
Please note that runners aged 16 may take part in either the senior or junior race and they must  pay the relevant fee for that race. They should bear in mind that if they wish to complete the series and be eligible for individual prizes, they will need to complete 4 out of 6 of the senior OR junior races- not a combination of the two!
Junior runners to be at least 11 years old on the day of an event to participate in the 11-16 event. This is to comply with our race permit conditions.
Facilities: The clubhouse will NOT be used this year. 
Teas/ cakes etc will be served from a tent outside the clubhouse.
We will also supply a tent for team captains to use if needed. 
All clubs are welcome to bring their own gazebo/shelter- there is plenty of space for these.
Male toilets/changing facilities will be available in the changing rooms adjoining the clubhouse.
Female changing/toilets will be in the two changing rooms next to the main football pitch.
There will also be a toilet block open here providing male/female/disabled facilities.
Please follow car park marshals instructions when you arrive and hopefully we’ll get all vehicles on site.

Team Captains:
If you wish to take part and haven’t yet paid the £10 entry fee, please do so here:

Age groups for seniors are set by age on 07/11/2021. Juniors is age on 01/09/2021.

General info: 
Please note that NO DOGS are permitted on the Sports Club playing field. They are permitted on the castle meadow.
Senior runners please be aware that when you are heading over to the start area that Junior races could already be in progress. In particular- the U11’s fun run will take place around the perimeter of the start/finish meadow. Please follow marshal instructions.
We’ve been around the course today and it’s in good condition- there are one or two sticky patches but they will just add to the fun I’m sure!!
The course is suitable for spikes but please be aware that there are a few wooden bridges/walkways to negotiate as well as a stone bridge and some stone steps!
Please listen to marshal instructions at all times when on the course.

Club response to the reducing of restrictions put on by the club due to the impact of COVID19

To all club members

As chairperson of Waveney Valley Athletics Club, I would like to communicate the clubs’ response to the reducing of restrictions put on the club by the impact of COVID19.

We are now restarting senior & junior training sessions meeting the guidelines given to us by English Athletics. With the current 5+1 restrictions this reduces who can join the sessions so to help could I ask you to join the WhatsApp group relating to your running group colour (Lowestoft) or name (Beccles). Coaches can help members join the correct group and for the time being this is what the club will use for training session announcements and involvement.

Due to the current situation, Waveney Valley Athletics Club Seniors & Juniors membership fees will only be the English Athletics portion which is £15 for the rest of the 2020 year up to 31st March 2021. We still need to charge the English Athletics portion to maintain affiliation and the associated benefits.

  • Runners who have already paid the full WVAC membership fee so far, or choose to do so for this season will have their 2021–22 membership fee reduced by the difference for that year. Ultimately no member will be left out of pocket over the two seasons. Another option in this scenario would be to use this excess payment towards club kit should you require it.
  • For the seniors, any Suffolk Winter League XC fees will be paid for by the members who take part at the event for the 2020–21 season (should they go ahead) as this cost would usually come out of the membership fee.
  • The juniors will also be paying any track and field competition fees if or when events happen.

Second Claim members are invited to renew at a reduced rate of £10 for the year.

We feel as a club that this is the best way of overcoming the current situation with COVID19 and its impact on the club and our members.

If any runner is having difficulty paying this reduced fee please contact, in confidence, one of the committee members or myself to have a chat about how the club can help.

I hope you understand the route the club is taking and please have patience with the volunteers who are helping run our club and the added tasks they have taken on board.

Thank you for your time

Mike Illingsworth

The challenge is on!

So whilst our athletes are in lockdown and missing the start of the Track and Field season, they have been busy undertaking other challenges! You may have seen our athletes on our social media pages with the launched of the T-Shirt Challenge, this was the simple task of dressing themselves in a t-shirt – whilst upside down! We have had lots of athletes email us their videos, surprisingly all successful attempts too. Very entertaining, so please keep them coming in.

Next up we have the Relay Challenge. Our athletes are now taking part in pass the baton (well banana!)
If you would like to take part in our relay challenge, the details are below.

Please use a banana as a baton wherever possible
Only an arm allowed to be visible at the start exchange (to receive)
Your arm must extend before you go out of shot 
Only one athlete in the relay 
No longer than 3 seconds 
Record in landscape (not portrait)

Please email your entries by Friday 15th May, so they can be edited together.

Suffolk Winter League XC results 2019/20

The full and final results of the Suffolk Winter League 2019/20 are now available and can be viewed here in Excel format:    in PDF format

A brief summary of the league follows…


69 Waveney Valley seniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League. This was a fantastic turn out for the club, and it is also great to see several members finishing in the top 3 within the individual categories.

Our combined Waveney A team secured 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 4th place and our C Team 3rd place, of the 19 teams that competed.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Faith Brown, Lauren Finch, Lore Lambein, Emily Harding, Rosemary Plant, Debbie Foster, Helen Armstrong, Natalie Brown, Sarah Norman, Caroline Clamp, Carolyn Gosling, Sarah Bradley, Alison Cooper, Ann Millett, Mary Jones, Ben Ford, Dominic Oliver, Oliver Hogg, Tim Earl, Chris Pimlott, Paul Wright, Rob Reid, David Woods, Peter Lang, Alan Bradley, Karl Brady, Mike Bretton, David Doddington, Robin Jones, Stuart Smith, Bill Kingaby, David Mower and Tony Millett.

A big thank you to all who competed and represented the club!


11 of Waveney Valley’s juniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League.   Our Waveney A team claimed 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 12th place, and our C team claiming 16th place, of 32 teams that competed in the series.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Louie Wright, William Browne, Cameron Wedon, James McAllen, James Burgess, Cohen Copeman and Zak Barber (who second claims for us).

A notably mention to James McAllen who tied with the same amount of points as the athlete awarded 1st place.

Finally a massive thank you from all at Waveney Valley to Paula Hazell who has acted as the clubs Cross Country co-ordinator for many, many years and now hands over the reins to Jon Wedon.

Thanks Paula for all you have done for Waveney Valley!



COVID-19 Coronavirus: Suspension of club training sessions extended to 31st May

With the additional restrictions recently put into place, England Athletics have now extended the suspension of all club athletics activity until 31st May.

As of 23rd March, the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • To take exercise once a day – but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people
  • For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
    To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.
  • Club coaches can be contacted for virtual session plans, you can either do these on a treadmill, as a solo runner or with household members providing social distancing guidelines are adhered to.

Full details on UKAthletics position here:…/n…/coronavirus-statement/

Beccles group have started a Strava art contest, Lowestoft group are welcome to join in and all to submit your solo Strava art attempts (screengrabs from other activity platforms welcome) to the email hidden; JavaScript is required email address.

A note on membership renewals – Very much appreciate those of you that have already submitted renewals (or advised they are not renewing) have done so, whilst renewals are still welcomed for the remainder of the coming year, given the enforced lockdown does now extend to the end of May if anyone prefers to hold off their renewal til club activities resume they can do so without penalty. Please though do let me know by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required of your intention so that I can mark accordingly.

To reiterate, there will no longer be a penalty applied for renewing late as current circumstances are unprecedented in post war times.


COVID-19 Coronavirus: Suspension of club training sessions

Following this mornings update by UKAthletics and following on from the Government position all WVAC training sessions have been suspended upto and inclusive of Thursday April 30th 2020.

England Athletics have advised “…As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.”

We will monitor and extend the suspension should this be required.

The advice is to maintain fitness where possible whilst maintaining Social Distancing, coaches can advise on suitable solo sessions if requested.


Athletics Awards Evening

Track and Field athletics members from Waveney Valley AC were recognised on Friday night with the annual awards presentation evening taking place at Rookery Park golf club.
Alongside a disco, athletes and parents were reminded of both the team and individual achievements of many of the clubs athletes over the year.
Presentations were made to the track and field club champions who received their engraved champions shields:
U11s Cameron Wedon and Ana Colbridge
U13s James Burgess and Agatha Gouldby
U15s Joel Burgess and Kiera Kane
U17s Tom Spurgeon and Abeni Beckham
Seniors Josh Mayston and Michaela Gooch
Other athletes were recognised for their improvement and others for specific athletics disciplines:
U11 most improved Oscar Chong and Erin Stocking
U13 most improved Cohen Copeman and Ruby Benson-Smith
Best Sportshall Joel Burgess and Tia Duncan
Best XC William Browne and Ella Newman
Best T&F Michael Van-Haren and Abeni Beckham
Coaches Athlete Josh Mayston and Ana Colbridge
Athletes Athlete Oscar Chong and Agatha Gouldby
Further presentation were made to many of the clubs athletes who had reached the AAA standards in one or more events.
Special thanks to parent volunteers Nicky Mayston and Natasha Gouldby for organising the evening.
The following day, Saturday, saw the clubs younger athletes – U11s, U13s and U15s compete in the clubs Sportshall Championships. Sportshall mirrors outdoor track and field athletics, but modified for indoors. The clubs athletes competed over two running events, standing long jump, speed bounce along with shot put (chest push for U11s).
With only two weeks indoor training, there were some exceptional performances standing the club in good stead for the Suffolk Sportshall league which starts next week in Ipswich.
Combining the performances over the five events identified the new club champions, along with silver and bronze medalists:
U11B Cameron Wedon (120), James Whittaker/Oscar Chong (114) and James Skinner (112)
U11G Ana Colbridge/Taya Hugo (122), Summer Phipps (115) and Erin Stocking (114)
U13B James Burgess (118), James McAllen (114) and Jude Benson-Smith (108)
U13G Agatha Gouldby (124), Ruby Benson-Smith (115) and Tia Duncan/Eve Westgate (113)
U15B Nathan Littlejohns (124 and Seth Frankland (121)
U15G Oriana Hugo (124) and Leigha Mayston (48)

East Anglian League Finals

We end the track and field season with the East Anglian League final taking place in Bury St Edmunds. Over four league rounds, Waveney’s athletes competed against 20 other clubs across East Anglia, with the top eight clubs qualifying for Sundays final match, with Waveney’s U13 girls and boys teams both qualifying.
Up against the cream of East Anglia, Waveney’s athletes performed strongly, especially bearing in mind Waveney was the only club qualifying without a home synthetic track, or even grass 400m track! The U13 girls placed eighth on the day with 50 points, just a point adrift of Leighton Buzzard, however the boys team finished in an impressive 3rd place with 89 points, tying with the much larger Ipswich Harriers, and just behind City of Norwich AC and Cambridge and Coleridge.
On the day, two club records fell – Emma Witherington in the javelin with 23.12m, for 2nd place on the day, and the boys 4x 100m relay team consisting of James McAllen, Cohen Copeman, Jude Benson-Smith and James Burgess recording 57.1s.
Along with Emma, Tia Duncan, Agatha Gouldby, Kitty Van-Haren and Ruby Benson-Smith were in action for the girls. Other than Emma in the javelin, the girls other best results also came in the throws, where Agatha recorded a best on the day of 8.19m in the ‘A’ shot put competition for 2nd place, with Emma 6.23m in the ‘B’ shot put event for 1st place.

(U13 Girls photo to follow)

Joining the boys relay quartet were Thomas Supple, Liam Bridges, Lewis Barnes and Josh Smith. Thomas recorded the only ‘A’ string victory with a PB in the discus of 18.96m, a further victory was recorded by Jude Benson-Smith in the ‘B’ string shot put with 7.63m. James McAllen ran strongly in the 100m and 200m recording two PB’s, and just a tenth of the club record for a 100m 2nd place with 13.5s. His 200m clocked in at 28.3s. Usually a 1500m runner, Cohen Copeman claimed 2nd place in the ‘B’ 800m race registering 2:31.7s, with Burgess 2:28.6s in the ‘A’ race. A strong 1500m race saw Lewis Barnes, on his birthday narrowly miss out on the top three with 5:03.2s in 4th, with Josh Smith back on form in the ‘B’ race. Barnes was also well placed in the 75m hurdles, before clipping the final hurdle. In the high jump, Copeman and Benson-Smith claimed 3rd places in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ events with 1.30m and 1.20m respectively, and in the ‘A’ shot put, Burgess took a further 3rd with a best of 7.80m. Bridges continued to throw consistently in the javelin with a best on the day of 21.12m.

There were many fellow Waveney athletes in action in the earlier rounds scoring points which helped the team reach the final.
Focus for Waveney’s athletes now turns to the indoor sportshall season for younger athletes, along with cross country for all ages.

(U13 Girls photo to follow)