Comfortable victory for Norfolk at Anglian Schools Championships


Norfolk easily won the overall team championship at the Anglian Schools Championships at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.

The warm conditions were ideal for good athletics performances, and one of the best came from the under 17 boys relay team. In spite of one difficult changeover they clocked an outstanding time of 43.7 seconds. A repeat of that should see them in the final at the English Schools championships in Birmingham next month.

One of the best individual performances came from Wesley Matsuka-Williams in the under 15 boys' triple jump when he cleared the outstanding distance of 12m 74. Another very good performance came from Katie Clarke in the under 17 girls' 300m hurdles – her time was 45.1 seconds.

It looked for a while that the pole vault wouldn't take place because of damaged apparatus – but it was good that it did because in the senior age group Sascha Birrell cleared an English Schools qualifying height of 3m 20 and Ed Borrmann did likewise in the boys' event with a clearance of 4m 10.

Newcomer Stefano Camilleri won an exciting junior boys' 800m race in a fine 2mins 8.4secs. Luke Speer took the under 17 boys' 1,500 race in another close finish in 4mins 10.8secs. Another senior girl to do well was Laura Johnson who managed to win both the 100m and 200m. The under 17 girls easily won their team event too, Talulah Bell also winning the sprint double for the county. In the under 15 age group Emily Mace recorded 11.7sec to finish second in the 100 and 26 secs in the 200m – both very fine performances.

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Overall Norfolk were first with Lincolnshire second, Suffolk third and Cambridgeshire fourth. At a very busy time in the athletics calendar it is unfortunate that the Anglian Schools event clashed with both the Southern league event and the national under 20 championships. Norfolk's team for the English Schools championships at Birmingham on July 11-12 will be announced later this week.

n Chris Baker from Dereham made his debut appearance for Great Britain in the Europa Cup event in Germany. Although not quite at his best, Chris cleared 2m 19 in wet and windy conditions to finish fifth.

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The second day of the Norfolk Championships was held at the UEA Sportspark in conjunction with the latest round of the Quadkids competition. Quadkids is an introduction to athletics for young athletes and more than 100 very enthusiastic youngsters took part.

In the county championships Martainn Ramsay continued his return to competition with a win in the men's 1,500 in 4:03.8. Kelly Rushton added the 1,500m title to her collection with a fine individual run of 4:35.

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