Athletics Norfolk News

Norfolk Inter-Counties Cross Country team selections announced

The Norfolk Team Managers have now selected those who will be representing Norfolk in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships on March 10th at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

Under 13 girls
1. Hattie Reynolds (NNH)
2. Madison Kelly (CONAC)
3. Esme Abbitt (CONAC)
4. Tia-Lilly Crane (CONAC)
5. Abigail Clouston (Thetford)
6. Alice Daniels (CONAC)
7. Memphis Symonds (CONAC)
8. Eleanor Phillips (CONAC)
1. Tess Andrews (BBD)
2. Abbi McCallum (NNH)
3. Georgia Pegg (CONAC)
4. Grace Daniels (CONAC)

Under 13 boys
1. Innes O'Malley (NNH)
2. Henry Jonas (NNH)
3. Jeya Kandola (CONAC)
4. Toby Nelson (CONAC)
5. Harry Wakefield (Ryston)
6. Toby Stewart (NNH)
7. Oliver Sanders (Thetford)
8. Connor Gowing (CONAC)
1. Nathan Hutchings (NNH)
2. Angus White (NNH)
3. Fred Rednall (Harling)
4. Matthew Benson (NNH)

Under 15 girls
1. Abigail Durand (NNH)
2. Eliska Watling (NNH)
3. Madeleine Short (CONAC)
4. Jessica Norkett (Thetford)
5. Grace Jermy (CONAC)
6. Grace Forster (CONAC)
7. Olivia Miller (CONAC)
8. Kate Willis (CONAC)
1. Erin McNulty (Dereham)
2. Meg Willis (CONAC)
3. Holly Bunn (CONAC)

Under 15 boys
1. Charlie Wakefield (Ryston)
2. Danny Adams (CONAC)
3. Sam Cooper (NNH)
4. Billy Life (NNH)
5. Zak Houghton (CONAC)
6. William Brown (CONAC)
7. James Atkin (CONAC)
8. Benjamin Garrod (Thetford)
1. Joshua Knights (CONAC)
2. Tyler Howard (Thetford)
3. Joshua Keeble (NNH)

Under 17 girls
1. Katie Goldsmith (CONAC)
2. Meredith Winship (CONAC)
3. Rachel Bruce (CONAC)
4. Lucy Emmett (CONAC)
5. Sophie Peach (CONAC)
6. Ellie Foster (Dereham)
7. Abigail Foster (Dereham)
8. Naryce Anderson (CONAC)
1. Tilly Anema (CONAC)

Under 17 boys
1. Tom Greenacre (CONAC)
2. Jack White (CONAC)
3. William Mahoney (CONAC)
4. Jamie Stares (CONAC)
5. Tom Mead (CONAC)
6. Rhys Foyster (CONAC)
7. Jacob Stares (CONAC)
8. Angus Clark (Harling)
1. Tyler Bilyard (GYDAC)
2. Billy Heseltine (GYDAC)

Under 20 women
1. Millie Solway
2. Amy Clarke

Under 20 men
1. Jake Stearman
2. Finlay Swanson

Senior men
1. Ash Harrell (CONAC)
2. James Senior (CONAC)
3. Simon Millett (NRR)
4. George Gay (CONAC)
5. Sam Todd (CONAC)
6. Ben Spratling (CONAC)
7. Gary Crush (CONAC)
8. Daniel Middleton (NRR)
9. Callum Stanforth (Ryston)
1. Dom Blake (Reepham)
2. Jack Gillick (Wymondham)
3. Samuel Coyne (BVH)
4. Chris Merrylees (NNBR)
5. Spencer Goodall (CONAC)
6. Michael Eccles (Norfolk Gazelles)

Senior women 
1. Mabel Beckett (CONAC)
2. Colleen Nicole Mukuya (GYDAC)
3. Jo Andrews (BBD)
4. Isabel Rodriguez (CONAC)
5. Charlotte Neale (NNBR)
6. Cat Cummings (Wymondham)
7. Sarah Imbush (UEA)
8. Alicia Lacey (NRR)
9. Felicity Quinn (NNBR)
1. Lorena Latisaite (Ryston)
2. Helen Aldous (Diss)
3. Rebecca Rivett (Wymondham)


Inter Counties 20m Championship - Sunday 4 March 2018

Norfolk has been invited to send teams to an Inter Counties 20m Road Race Championship. This will be held within the Rochford 20m road race on Sunday 4 March 2018. Rochford is situated in south Essex, a few miles north of Southend-on-Sea.

Although the race itself sold out several months ago, places have been reserved for teams of four men and four women from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk & Sussex.

Please click here for further race details. 

The aggregated times of the first three finishers in each county team will determine the outcome.

Norfolk's teams are being selected by Richard Polley - please click here to register your interest. Qualification times to be considered for selection: men sub 2hr 15mins; women sub 2hrs 40min.


Keith Ward Indoor including County Champs

It was yet another big success with a record number of entrants from 17n clubs taking part.There was a packed programme of events throughout the day. The top individual performance of the meeting came from Sophie McKinna. The Great Yarmouth athlete smashed the county record with a fine shot put of 16.71m. It is a great credit that an international athlete should want to take part in a county competition. This adds to her 17.30m throw at Loughborough recently, which places her at the top of the UK rankings.

Another county record went to City of Norwich AC's Sasha Birrell, who pole vaulted a fine 3.20m in what was a return to competition. Eleanor Brown was another to set a record when she triple jumped 10.74m to add to her wins in the long jump and 6m hurdles in the under 17 age group. There were fine sprint races too. Serena Grace took the under-17 60 metres in 8.2 seconds with Jamie Greenacre winning the under-17 boys' race in 7.5 seconds. The fastest 60 metres of the day came from Harry Taylor in winning the under-20 final in 7.3 seconds.

There were other good performances in the shot as well from West Norfolk athletes. Alfie Williams won the under-17 event with 11.20m and Lucy Koenigsberger took the under-17 women's event with a throw of 10.59m. There was a very close under-15 girls' long jump, with Louisa Johnson just winning with a distance of 4.49m. Another promising long jump performance from a Great Yarmouth athlete came in the under-13 age group when Lauren Ward jumped 4.46m. Jules Walker claimed the first indoor title for the Harling club when he won the under-17 boys' long jump. In the senior age group, Lewis Ely high jumped 1.85m. Such was the popularity of the meeting that athletes travelled from as far as Sheffield to take part. The Norfolk championships organised by the West Norfolk club and Athletics Norfolk were incorporated into the Keith Ward meeting.


Norfolk Cross Country Championships

Competitors were not put off by the cold, breezy, conditions and it was Harrell who proved a cut above the rest of the field winning the senior men’s 10.8km race in 37:18. He eventually pulled away from team-mate James Senior (37:59) with Simon Millett (Norwich Road Runners) in third place in 38:10. In the senior women’s 8km event Ruth Senior (CoNAC) made the most of her return from the USA with a fine run and a time of 26:12. She edged away from Mabel Beckett on the final lap of the largely woodland course. Colleen Mukuya (Great Yarmouth) had a fine run to take the 3rd spot in 26:43.

The championships, organised by the Thetford Athletic club and Athletics Norfolk, were about more than just individual success. There were record numbers of competitors and something for everyone. There were events for under 11s through to age 70 plus. 

One of the closest races of the day was the under 17 men’s event where in the finishing straight Tom Greenacre sprinted ahead of Jack White with the finishing line in sight. Will Mahoney was third in a clean sweep of the placings for City of Norwich.

The ever popular masters races produced worthy winners. Competing with the seniors Gary Crush won the masters age group title in 39:28. The first of the female masters to finish was Jo Andrews (Bungay Black Dog) in 27:33. Abigail Durand was an impressive winner of the under 15 girls race in 16:08. She was one of five North Norfolk Harriers to win individual championships. Many of the team titles were shared out between a number of clubs, which is great for the sport. This surely a result of the resurgence and popularity of cross country running recently. As a result of the championships teams will be selected to represent Norfolk at the inter counties event in Loughborough later in the season.


Throws Safety Guidance update

Whilst accidents during throws events remain rare, a tragic fatality and a concerning number of near misses/incidents has led UKA to release new safety guidance as a means of reinforcing important protocols and raising the awareness of the potential dangers of throwing events.

It is recommend that you review the documents online that have been produced to support the delivery of safe throws activity. 

Throws safety guidance documents

English Schools Track and Field Championships

We had some outstanding results at English Schools Track and Field Championships at the weekend, with the Senior boys bringing home a bronze, silver and gold medal. Many thanks go to all those involved in the organisation of the team. Results below of all Norfolk competitors.

Daniel Bainbridge – Javelin, 1st in final, 60.03m
Don Baker – Javelin, 2nd in final, 59.36m
Oliver Massingham – Discus, 3rd in final, 47.58m

Hannah Brown – 400m, 7th in heat 2, 58.94
Georgie Bowett – 800m, 7th in heat 2, 2:16.50
Millie Solway – 3000m, 19th in final, 11:53.57
Modupe Obidey – High jump, 13th in final, 1.58m
Lucy Edwards – Long jump, 11th in final, 4.88m

Simone Ogobe – 200m, 7th in heat 2, 26.22
Meredith Winship – 800m, 3rd in heat 1, 2:14.43
Lucy Koenigsberger – Hammer, 9th in final, 50.55
Blessing Joshua – Shot put, 20th in final, 10.66m

Louis Albrow – 200m, 5th in heat 4, 22.81
Alfie Leonard – 400m, 6th in heat 1, 51.43
Aiden Try – 800m, 7th in heat 4, 2:01.41
Jack White – 3000m, 8th in final, 8:47.11
Denis Asonga-Tree – Triple jump, 5th in final, 13.47
Jonathon Mabonga – Triple jump, 10th in final, 12.64m
Jaquan Moore – Hammer, 12th in final, 49.66m
4 x 100m relay, 3rd in heat 2, 45.59

Serena Grace – 100m, 8th in final, 12.56
Jessica Norkett – 800m, 4th in heat 1, 2:20.26
Femke Rosbergen – 800m, 4th in heat 2, 2:19.15
Kate Willis – 800m, 4th in heat 3, 2:17.69
Abigail Durrand – 1500m, 5th in heat 2, 4:47.91
Eleanor Brown – Long Jump, 4th in final, 5.37m

Aaron Dubois – 80m hurdles, 7th in heat 3, 17.09
Olaoluwa Folorunsho - 100m, 5th in heat 4, 11.57
Tyrese Omotoye – 200m, 5th in heat 1, 24.11
Alex Mortimer – 200m, 5th in heat 4, 23.97
Alfie Willaims – Shot put, 15th in final, 11.60m
Ben Graves – Javelin, 17th in final, 43.48m
4 x 100m relay, 5th in heat 3, 47.75


Records at the Norfolk Championships

Sophie McKinna set an outstanding record at the Norfolk Championships on 14th May. She beat her own record to throw 16m 62. This distance ranks her third best in the country so far this year.  Oliver Massingham in the under 20 age group threw the discus out to 46m61 for another performance which puts him in the top few in the country. Gemma Vickery threw the senior women`s hammer out to a fine distance of 46m 46.

Another outstanding performance came in the senior long jump where James McLachlan cleared 7m 27. This again will place him very high in the national rankings. His jump beat Denis Costello`s record set thirty years ago. Interestingly Denis coaches James McLachlan. Another fine throw came from Lucy Koenigsberger from Kings Lynn. Her distance was a new record of 50m 96 which again will place her high in the national under 17 rankings. It is an interesting point that the throws were measured electronically for the first time in the championships. 

New records were also set in the one mile events. James Senior ran 4 mins 17.8 secs in the senior event and Logan Smith ran 4 mins 29.8 secs in the under 20 event. The one mile is a new addition to the championship programme.

New records also go to Eleanor Brown in the under 15 triple jump with 10m 48 and Naryce Anderson in the under 15 1500m steeplechase with 5 mins 52.2 secs. Alex Mortimer set a new under 13 300m record of 38.4 secs.


Norfolk Track and Field Championships

There were a huge number of entries for the Norfolk Athletics Championships at Sportspark in Norwich. The top individual performance came from Yarmouth`s shot putter Sophie McKinna. Her ambition was to throw 17m45 as the qualifying distance for the World Championships in London. It was not to be as she managed 16m 42, which was a new county record. The throw makes her the third best in the country this year.  Sophie was disappointed with her performance. Not a great number of international athletes support their county championships so her participation was a  great example for younger athletes.

The records continued in the throws. Oliver Masssingham  (City of Norwich)threw the under 20 discus out to an impressive 46m 61. Lucy Koeningsberg from West Norfolk set a new under 17 hammer record of 50m 96. Gemma Vickery threw 46m 46 for a senior women`s record with very impressive throwing also coming from Callum Brown in the men`s hammer.

Not to be outdone James McLachlan beat a thirty year old record in the men`s long jump with a distance of 7m 27, a performance which will put him high in the national rankings.

This year's championships had more than fine individual performances. The Quadkids event for young athletes was held in the two day meeting. Events for master (veteran) athletes were extended and proved to be very popular. A new addition to the programme was the inclusion of the Special Olympics for athletes with learning disabilities. The enthusiasm from these athletes was a sight to see. The inclusion of events for them was a great success.

The middle distance events provided some very good competitions. In the under 17 age group Will Mahoney had a fine1500m and 3000 double. The mile event was reintroduced for seniors and James Senior had another impressive double in that event and in the 5,000m. Abi Durand, a newcomer from North Norfolk Harriers, scored another double victory in the under 15 1500m and 3000. Charlie Wakefield from Ryston also did the distance double in impressive fashion. Serena Grace (City of Norwich) was another who showed great sprinting ability in the under 15 age group Many of the school age athletes were chasing qualifying performances for the English Schools championships in July, as the season progresses we hope to see many achieve these.


National Sportshall and London Marathon

On 23rd & 24th April our junior teams competed in the National Finals of Sportshall, being held at Sportcity in Manchester, having qualified in style at the East Region Championships against Essex and Hertfordshire. All four teams did exceptionally well:

U15 Boys 7th - with Charlie Williams of West Norfolk coming second as an individual.
U13 Boys 5th - best ever finish
U13 Girls 2nd 
U15 National Champions (half of the team were 2016 champions in the U13's) 
We were by far and away the best county overall as an aggregate of the teams scores - an absolutely stunning achievement. Well done to all the athletes and volunteers who made this such a success. 
And then on Sunday we had the Mini and London Marathon. 
Six of our athletes contested the mini marathon as part of the East team - by all accounts they had a great day and enjoyed the whole experience. Many thanks must go to David Pring and his team of helpers for co ordinating the East team throughout the build up and on the day. 
For the marathon itself we had many athletes from all across the county competing - congratulations to you all, I'm sure that you will have many lasting memories.  We have also received a message from County Hall which I said I would pass on  "We were hoping you could help us by extending Norfolk County Councils congratulations to all your affiliated club runners who participated in the London Marathon yesterday. It is a superb achievement and we would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to all runners. Best, James Hyde (Communications Assistant Norfolk County Council)".
Inter Counties Cross Country 2017

Venue: Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire. Many thanks go to David Pring for organising the teams and providing the following report.

The 2017 Inter Counties Championship saw Team Norfolk making an early start to the rolling hills of Loughborough’s Prestwold Hall for the first time.

The first Norfolk team to take to the challenging course were the u13 boys. Despite some ‘issues’ with a bottleneck on the course Danny Adams remind all of his growing potential with a fine 49th place finish. Danny was followed home by Innes O’Malley in 81st positon, an excellent position for this first year athlete who can surely expect a much higher finish next year. Clubmates from North Norfolk Harriers, Henry Jonas and Billy Life represented their county well in 119th and 184th places with Norwich Road Runners Jeya Kandola and CoNAC’s Josh Knights & Toby Nelson close behind in 196th 201st and 218th positions. Brad Keay experienced his first Inter Counties, gaining valuable experience in finishing 269th

Next to take the start were the senior women. As with several other, mainly older age groups, this entry was depleted by a combination of injury and athletes not arriving at the event. Undaunted by the diminished team, Kelly Grant lead the team off in their 8K race. Unfortunately Kelly injured her foot part way through the race and withdrew to prevent further injury. This led to Colleen Mukuya taking up the lead position for the Norfolk team which saw her finish in a fine 100th position. Close behind were Jo Andrews 105th Anna Hoogkamer 111th and Jihanna Bonilla-Allard, making her debut in the senior age group 225th

The U15b race produced the highest placed individual Norfolk finish at these championships with Will Mahoney finishing in a well-deserved 30th position. Rhys Foyster ran well to take 107th place with Harling’s Angus Clark 239th Oliver O’Malley 247th with first year Guy Hockley gaining valuable experience in 272nd place.

In the u17w 5K race, Millie Solway again provided another strong run to lead the team home in 115th position. After a slow start, Yen-Yen Loke moved through the field to finish a fine 152nd place, surely there is more to come from this first year athlete. The team was completed by Lucy Emmett 182nd and late replacements Abi Foster 252nd and Tallulah Lebon 257th. Sophie Alden was the sole representative of the u20w. Sophie performed to her usual high standard taking a creditable 103rd position in this National completion.

With the course becoming softer and more difficult, the u13g tackled their 3000m race with enthusiasm. Grace Jermy led the team off and moved through the field to cross the line in 39th position. Next home was an improving Holly Bunn in 98th place with team mate Grace Forster 123rd and Dereham’s Memphis Symonds completing the scoring team in 186th. Thetford athlete Abi Clouston crossed the line in 271st with Niamh Hernon 292nd and Olivia Sargeant 301st 

Another fine run saw first year u17m athlete, Jack White secure 33rd positon. Jamie Stares showed his continuing progress finishing 152nd Jake Stearman took 171st position with Thetford’s Aiden Try taking the last team scoring position in 175th place, just ahead of Jacob Stares 176th Ethan Davies 189th and Finlay Swanson 238th

The penultimate race of the day saw the u15g 4K race start in very soft conditions. Meredith Winship took full advantage of the late withdrawal of 2 Norfolk athletes from this age group, to run strongly and lead the team home in excellent 35th position, just ahead of a fast finishing Kate Willis 43rd Katie Goldsmith moved through in the later stages to take 87th place, just ahead of Ellie Taylor in 93rd place. These finishing positions provided the highest team position for Norfolk with a creditable 11th place. Just outside the 4 team scoring places was Thetford’s Jessica Norkett 100th with late replacements Olivia Miller 150th and Ellie Foster 262nd

In the final event, the senior men attacked their 12k race. The severely depleted team saw 2 athletes start for Norfolk. Despite this Michael Eccles produced an excellent run, finishing in a fine 76th position. Michael was supported by James Senior who finished in 109th place.

Inter Counties 20m Championship - Sunday 5 March 2017

For the first time, Norfolk has been invited to send teams to an Inter Counties 20m Road Race Championship. This will be held within the Langham 20m road race on Sunday 5 March 2017. Langham is situated in north Essex, midway between Ipswich and Colchester.

Although the race itself sold out several months ago, places have been reserved for teams of four men and four women from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk & Sussex.

Please click here for further race details. 

The aggregated times of the first three finishers in each county team will determine the outcome.

Norfolk's teams are being selected by Richard Polley - please click here to send him an email.


Athletics Norfolk uniform

Athletics Norfolk officials/volunteers' uniform now available - Click here for more info!


Athletics Norfolk Awards Evening - Wednesday 29 March at UEA Sportspark

12 months has ticked by really quickly and we are now seeking nominations for the Athletics Norfolk Awards Evening being held on Wednesday 29th March at the UEA Sportspark. You can download the nomination form here which needs that to be returned by the end of February please.

Nominations are again for; track, field, cross country and sportshall athletes, as well as volunteers for performances between 1st April 2016 and end of Feb 2017. Please include reasoning and any support information with your nominations. If you have any suggestions for the Chairman's and President's Awards - please also submit them and we'll evaluate them alongside our own reasoning.

To submit your form or if you have any questions, please email Clive Poyner.


Inter Counties XC 10th December 2016 - Horspath Park, Oxford.

The day's racing for the Norfolk teams started in light rain with the u13 boys. Danny Adams and Joshua Knights showed in the early stages as the athletes left the flat grass start for their single lap of cross country running. First Norfolk athlete to finish was Danny Adams in 17th followed by first year athlete Innes O’Malley in 36th Josh Knights 58th Henry Jonas 73rd Jenson Devlin 83rd Toby Nelson 88th Zak Houghton 93rd and Jeya Kandola. It was pleasing to see athletes from 4 Norfolk clubs (City of Norwich AC, Dereham Runners, North Norfolk Harriers and Norwich Road Runners) represented in this age group.

The second race (u13 girls) started with the rain increasing in strength, Grace Jermy showed well in the early stages, but was spiked by another competitor, causing her to drop out at an early stage. Grace Forster took up the running for the Norfolk Team finishing in a fine 28th place. Grace was followed home by a fast improving Holly Bunn, who marked her first outing in a Norfolk vest with an encouraging 33rd placing. Close behind was Dereham athlete Memphis Symonds in 43rd with Madeleine Short 50th. Madison Kelly made an instant impression in her first outing in the u13 age group with an excellent 58th position, followed by Abigail Clouson in 76th.

The u15 boys started at a frantic pace, with Will Mahoney showing with the leaders as the athletes disappeared on their circuit through the woods. Following his success at last week’s County Championships, Will had to give way to Will Simm who lead the team home in 21st followed by Will Mahoney in 29th and a fast finishing Rhys Foyster taking 35th Oliver O’Malley of North Norfolk Harriers finished 76th followed by Ben Thorpe 86th and first year athlete Zach Taylor 90th


Eastern Athletic Association Multi Events Championships 2016

Some great performances were seen by several Norfolk athletes competing in the EAA Multi Events Champs last weekend in Peterborough.

In the County Champs, age group winners included Charlie Williams (U15 boys, West Norfolk), Eleanor Brown (U15 girls, City of Norwich), Cameron Try (U17 men, Thetford), Amy Matthews (U17 women, City of Norwich), Naomi Darkins (U20 women, Ryston) and David Lane (Senior men, Ryston). Eastern Medals were also won by U15 Charlie (2nd), U15 Eleanor (2nd), U17 Aiden (2nd), U17 Amy (1st), U17 Katie Daniels (2nd), and Naomi (1st).

The minithon event also saw Eastern medals collected by Cameron Try (Thetford) and Kit Howlett (Ryston) in the U13 boys category, as well as Asha Soanes (Thetford) and Martha Bennett (City of Norwich) in the U13 girls.

Full results can be found on our website: EAA Multi Events results 2016


Impressive performances at Southern Inter-County Champs

Out of the 19 Counties competing at Horspath, Oxford on 21st August, the U15 Norfolk team finished 11th and the U20’s were 13th.

All results for both age groups can be found online on the South of England Athletics Association website: SEAA Inter County Champs 2016

Well done to all of the athletes who competed on behalf of Norfolk and thanks go to Lizzy Sergeant for all of the organisation and management of the team!


Batterham ranks number 1 in T43 in 100m and 200m

West Norfolk Ac's Luke Batterham graded T43 competed in the UK CAU & England Athletics Senior AAA's Championships, Batterham who is only 14 was competing against senior Para athletes like Jonny Peacock and others who are Rio bound in the 100m.

In his first race he ran a storming 12.22secs equal to his PB, this qualified him for the elite race on Sunday. On the Sunday he competed in the 200m and finished in 3rd position in a time of 24.58 another PB but was classed as windy ie 2.1metre tail wind. Unfortunately this race was just before his 100m elite race and he only managed 12.51secs.

What an experience for this young man competing against Para Olympians. At this time he is ranked number 1 in T43 class in UK for both these events. Batterham's next big event is the Godiva meeting in Coventry and then Schools event on September 1-4th at Loughborough where he has been chosen to run in the Midlands team.

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