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Norfolk youngsters in good form at Anglian School Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:31 18 June 2018

Girls 3,000m runner Abie Durand Picture: Tony Payne

Girls 3,000m runner Abie Durand Picture: Tony Payne

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Norfolk’s athletes rose to the occasion in the Anglian Schools Athletics Championships at Sportspark in Norwich.

Under 17 triple jumper Eleanor Brown Picture: Tony PayneUnder 17 triple jumper Eleanor Brown Picture: Tony Payne

One of the top performances came from Abi Durand in the under 17 3,000m.

Durand ran away from the field to win in a time of 10 minutes and 7.1 seconds – following on from her victory in the South of England Championships at Bedford last week.

Meg Willis recorded a fine double in winning the 300m in 42.3 seconds and taking the long jump with a leap of 5.44 metres – her long jump was outstanding for the under 15 age group.

In the under 17 girls’ hammer, Lucy Koenigsberger continued her winning streak with a throw of 51.40m.

Under 17 400m runenr Joe Smythe Picture: Tony PayneUnder 17 400m runenr Joe Smythe Picture: Tony Payne

And there was another fine performance from Eleanor Brown in the triple jump with a distance of 10.97m.

One of the best Norfolk performances by the boys came from Cameron Try, with a winning discus throw of 38.57m in the under 15 age group.

Joe Smyth broke new ground with a 400 metres win in 51.1 seconds.

There were some very competitive middle distance races. Jessica Norkett was second in the under 17 1,500m in 4:46 and Hattie Reynolds added to her fine cross country form with a 4:50.1 win in the under 15 race.

Under 17 girls hammer thrower Lucy Koenigsberger Picture: Tony PayneUnder 17 girls hammer thrower Lucy Koenigsberger Picture: Tony Payne

Tyler Bilyard continues to impress with a sub two-minute 800m in what proved to be a very competitive race. Tia-Lily Crane and Madeleine Short had a one-two in the under 15 800m in the same time of 2:22.3.

Daisy Dalrymple won the junior long jump with 5.11m to achieve the elusive English Schools qualifying distance that many of the athletes were aiming for.

A cause for concern was the lack of athletes in the senior age group – a sign of the times, perhaps. A number of athletes would have opted to compete in the England Athletics championships for the under 20 age group on the same weekend.

Norfolk finished third overall in the team event, which was won by Suffolk.

Norfolk’s team for the English Schools Championships in Birmingham in July will be announced next week. Organisers of the Norfolk Championships had considerable assistance from the City of Norwich club.

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