Personal bests are broken in Thetford Athletics Club’s final winter throws event

Thetford Athletics Club’s final Winter Throws Competition featured, from left, coach Gary Howe, Oliv

Thetford Athletics Club’s final Winter Throws Competition featured, from left, coach Gary Howe, Oliver Massingham, Mia Howe, Oliver Thompson, Cameron Try, Joseph Nicholson, Jordan Turner and Levi Roper. - Credit: Submitted

Thetford Athletics Club’s final winter throws competition of the series took place in unusually pleasant spring-like weather, with the monthly competitions having been plagued by some atrocious weather on most other occasions.

The conditions allowed for some superb throwing with several competitors achieving personal best performances.

The event also proved to be as big a draw as previous rounds had been with competitors from as far afield as Peterborough, Stevenage, Grantham and Oxford travelling to the athletics track in Bury St Edmunds where Thetford AC host their competition.

Thetford AC under-13 competitor Cameron Try continued his early-season fine form by throwing almost four metres further than his previous personal best, achieving 24.2 metres in the discus competition.

At this early point in the season, Try has already thrown the qualifying distance for a Grade Two Amateur Athletic Association award in discus with Grade One now firmly in his sights.

U17 Joseph Nicholson also enjoyed success, but this time in the hammer competition, throwing a PB of 43.58m, beating his previous best throw by one and a half metres.

Mia Browne’s 35.78 metres extended her personal best hammer throw by over a metre in the Under-20s competition whilst U20 male, Jordan Turner, rounded off a full house of personal best performances from the Thetford athletes, adding almost half a metre to his previous PB on his way to launching the hammer 36.43 metres.

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Thetford AC throws coach, Gary Howe, also coaches athletes who compete for other clubs in the region, some of whom started with Thetford AC and have since moved on to other clubs.

However, Howe’s reputation as a leading throws coach in the area means that Thetford continues to provide the platform for some of the regions most talented up and coming throwers to develop their skills under Howe’s guidance.

These athletes include Oliver Massingham who, competing for the City of Norwich AC, launched the discus 42.57 metres; Ipswich Harrier’s Oliver Thompson, who threw the hammer 42.79m and Levi Roper from West Suffolk AC who threw the hammer 50.95m.