City of Norwich AC athlete Rick Ward claims 800m win in South of England Indoor Track & Field Championship at Lee Valley
The Lee Valley Indoor Athletic Arena, North London proved to be a happy hunting ground for City of Norwich AC athlete Rick Ward.
Competing in the South of England Indoor Track & Field Championship over 800m he put an indifferent 2011 track season firmly behind him.
Comfortably cruising through his heat in a winning time of 1:55.8 he lined up for the final in determined mood. Resisting the urge to move to the front he sat on the leader's shoulder until the short home straight before moving ahead to snatch a fine victory in a time of 1:52.82.
Sprinter Clieo Stephenson now competing in the U20 age group took on the 200m, making the final when clocking 26.01. A time of 25.81 in the final placed her just outside the medals in fourth.
Blackweir Fields, Cardiff, hosted the McCain Cross Challenge in which Ashley Harrell, competing for England, produced another excellent performance. Racing over a fast 10.1km course he helped the England team to a comfortable victory when finishing in fourth place.
Tom Hook racing over 5.7km in the U17 Boys event expected better of himself and confesses to being a little disappointed when finishing in fourth place in what proved to be a very tough race.
On the home front many of the younger endurance athletes made their presence felt at Shouldham Warren when competing in the Ryston Grand Prix Cross Country Series.
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In the U9 800m race the Harrison family made their mark. Conrad came home third in the Boys race while sister Eden went one better finishing second in the Girls event.
Tom Greenacre returned to his winning ways in the U11 Boys race over 2km when recording his third win of the series.
The U13 Girls raced over 3km which did not cause a problem for Catherine Longe who notched up a comfortable victory as did Ashley Waterson in the U15 Boys race also over 3km.
Not to be outdone Sophie Alden in the U15 Girls 3km race added to the City club's list of winners when crossing the line ahead of the field.
Scott Greeves continued the run of successes when taking the honours in the U17 Boys 5km race a position, duplicated by Hannah Wright in the U17 Girls 5km race.
Damian Rogers finished the club's day on a high when posting a win in the U20 Men's 5km race. Twin brother Micah followed him home in third place.