Waveney Valley Athletic Clubs athletes competed in warm and sunny conditions last Sunday at the Suffolk County Championships in Ipswich, and the Norfolk County Championships in Norwich.
Four under 11 athletes travelled to Norwich to compete against under 11s from across Norfolk to identify the best over 60m and 600m. Shamara Hammonds and Grace Forster competed for the girls, with Shamara collecting a bronze medal in the 60m with a run of 9.9s, and Grace 4th in 10.1s, with Grace also picking up a bronze in the 600m. For the boys Joel Burgess and Benjamin Cone competed, with Joel also collecting a bronze in the 60m with a time of 9.6s, with Benjamin performing well in the 600m in a time of 2.06.9s and a determination to get below the 2 minute mark over the season.
In the Suffolk County Championships, Waveney Valley’s eight competing athletes excelled, finishing the day with six county titles, including a county record, a further silver and seven bronze medals for an outstanding days athletics.
The under 13 girls saw Hannah Mayne, Mia Hopson and Harriet Gooch competing against Suffolk’s best. Hannah Mayne recorded a hatrick of titles, winning the 100m in a PB of 13.7s, the 200m in a PB of 28.5s, and the long jump with a PB, Club and County record of 4.79m. Mia also took a County title in the 70m hurdles, and a bronze in the javelin, with Harriet collecting a bronze in the shot put.
Tai Elvin-Andrews, Jamie Besford, Callum Hopson and Alec Wilson competed in the under 13 boys category with Tai Elvin-Andrews celebrating his birthday in style with a County title in the high jump with a new PB of 1.15m, narrowly missing out on a jump of 1.20m. Tai also collected a bronze in a large and strong 1500m race which also included Alec, recording a time of 5.23s and another PB, and another bronze in the 75m hurdle. Jamie continued his fine 800m running, controlling the race from start to finish to take the County title with a run of 2.31.5s. He also collected a bronze in the long jump with a jump and PB of 3.61m. Callum also found success in the long jump with a leap of 3.97m to claim silver, and in the 200m recording a time of 30.7 to take bronze.
Emily Archbold was the lone Waveney Valley athlete at under 15 level, but undeterred, she competed in the high jump, recording a PB and equalling the Club record with a jump of 1.35m to take a bronze medal.