Charlie and Alfie Williams with their certificates from the regional event.

ATHLETICS: Brothers Alfie and Charlie Williams represented Norfolk at Boston in the England Schools Regional Combined Events Athletics Championships.

The West Norfolk AC pair were in action in the intermediate boys octathlon competition, taking part in four events on two days. 

Day one saw the siblings take on the long jump, discus, javelin and 400m. 

Alfie made a good start with personal bests marks set in all four events but marginal fouls called against him for what appeared to be even bigger distances in the long jump and javelin proved costly and left him in eighth position overnight. 

Charlie came close to his best in the discus, and threw a PB in the javelin.

A season’s best 400m time put him in fourth place overnight with just 19 points separating him from second spot and with the knowledge a
top-six finish could be enough to secure a national finals place in September.

Day two’s events brought some of younger brother Alfie’s strongest – 100m hurdles, high jump and shot – but he struggled to hit top form and missed out on some valuable points. 

However, he ran a PB 1500m of 5.14 in gruelling heat to earn an overall eighth position and a personal best total points score of 3,562.

Charlie needed to hit some personal best performances to stay up with the top three athletes but also found it hard going, especially in the hurdles. 

Going into the final event, he needed 170 points to finish above the Leicestershire athlete ahead of him to have a hope of qualifying for the nationals outright. 

He ran his heart out in a storming 1500m and had a dogfight of a sprint finish to steal third place on the line in a PB 4.52, securing overall fifth spot. 

In the final standings, Essex won the team event and also took second place with Bedfordshire third and Leicestershire fourth to qualify for the finals. 

Charlie missd out on automatic qualification for the national final by 70 points but still achieved a personal best points score of 4,052 and is in with a good chance of being selected as a best-scoring finisher.