Future is looking bright for North Norfolk Harriers AC

Some of the Norfolk Harriers who represented the club at the Norfolk Track and Field Championships a

Some of the Norfolk Harriers who represented the club at the Norfolk Track and Field Championships at the UEA. Pictur: Club - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk Harriers enjoyed a successful weekend at the Norfolk Track and Field Championships at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.

Dozens of Harriers competed in a wide range of events – including the multi-discipline QuadKids Championships for younger athletes – and with notable successes for many.

Leading the way was Abi Durrand who excelled on the track in the distance events.

She was crowned U15-girls county champion in the 1,500m (4:50.3) and 3,000m (10:32.2) – outstanding times and impressive even for the U17 age-group.

A strong U13-boys representation saw Innes O'Malley emerge as county champion for the second year in succession in the 1,500m (4:48.3) with Henry Jonas taking silver (4:52).

Henry went one better on day two, however, out-sprinting Innes to take gold in the 800m (2:22). Brad Keay finished fourth in both events, and just one-tenth of a second from snatching bronze in the 800m.

Oli O'Malley battled well to earn a bronze in the U15 800m (2:22.9). In the field George Coles scooped gold in the U13-boys hammer and silver in the discus.

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There were great performances too from Georgia Pegg and Ruby Love in the U13 girls sprints events and from Abi McCallum in the 1,500m – all in their first year of competition at the higher level, and displaying a real competitive edge which bodes well for the future.

Arguably the race of the weekend featured Jacob Stares in the U17-men 800m who showed exceptional grit to clinch silver (2:04.02). Leading at the bell, Jacob held the kerb superbly and, with 150m to go, five athletes broke clear and looked in contention to take the win.

An excited crowd cheered as the finishing line approached and Jacob held on brilliantly for silver. Jacob's twin brother Jamie had finished fifth in the 1,500m the day before.

The future looks good for the club too, with younger athletes turning out in numbers for the QuadKids Championship; a multi-discipline series of events embracing jumps, throws and track events. Well done to Harriers Willow Siddall, Sophie Allen, Esme Jonas in the girls' competition and, for the boys, Harry Jeary, Daniel Coles, Thomas Smith and Mathew Benson.