Amelia Gooding in action for West Norfolk AC in Norwich. Picture: TONY PAYNE.

ATHLETICS: Athletics returned to Norfolk on Saturday at the UEA Sportspark but not as we know it. 

Norfolk’s first post-lockdown trial event saw action in the 100m, shot put and discus across the age groups.

Apart from heavy rain at the start, it was an overall success, despite the social distancing, limited entries and restricted spectator numbers. 

The event attracted some of the UK’s top athletes, including Norfolk’s future Olympian shot putter Sophie Mckinna and UK senior men’s No.1 shot putter Scott Lincoln. 

There was also a group of sprinters from as far afield as Gateshead. 

West Norfolk AC competitors were among those competing with the elites on show and there were some good performances. 

Under-15 girl Amelia Gooding had a great day, after running a personal best in the 100m a week earlier in Nuneaton, she managed to take a second off her time, coming second in 13.6 seconds.

U20s brothers Charlie and Alfie Williams returned to competition in the throwing events. Charlie threw a personal best in his favoured event, the discus, of 39.44m to take second place, followed by his younger brother Alfie in third place with a 33.82m personal best throw.

The positions were reversed in the shot put. Throwing alongside an all-star line up in the senior age group, Alfie came first in the u20s category, way off his best form with 11.75m, while Charlie put 11.03m to finish second.

Senior athlete Jack Pishorn threw close to his personal best in the discus with 20.55m giving him first place.

Lucy Oakley who trains with West Norfolk’s throws group, also finished first in the u15 girls shot put with 11.08m. 

Other West Norfolk athletes competing were – U17 boys: Christian Tansey 100m, 12.0sec, fourth. 

U13 boys: Charlie Broad 100m, 15.3, fourth. Marcus Wood 100m, 15.9, fourth. 

Athletics Norfolk’s virtual awards night saw athletes presented with their trophies. 

These included Alfie Williams, from West Norfolk, who was named the best field athlete of 2019.