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ANOTHER TROPHY TO THE COLLECTION FOR XC CHAMPION AMELIA WEBBER

Beccles & Bungay Harriers junior athlete, Amelia Webber has picked up her latest trophy, this time from Athletics Norfolk for her cross country achievements in 2018. Amelia has been running with the Harriers for two years now and has already clocked up a number of awards!  Running for her was quite simply a natural follow on from skipping several miles a day back and forth from her sisters primary school from the age of three, not one to be restrained in a buggy! At Poringland Primary School she developed her love of cross country in the Norfolk Schools Games starting in year 3 through to year 6, enjoying all the qualifying rounds. In year 5 at the age of 10, proud father and fellow Harrier Matthew, started looking at running clubs in the area that he thought would be a good match for her personality. After a recommendation about the club in Feb 2017 they both joined Beccles & Bungay Harriers Athletics Club and haven’t looked back since. In May 2017 she completed her first 5k Parkrun at Fritton Lake. In years 3 and 4 at primary school she won every qualifying round and reached both finals in the Norfolk Schools Games (won year 3 and dnf year 4 final through feeling poorly despite leading at the time). Years 5 and 6, after joining the club, it seemed to give her even more confidence, culminating in going through the rounds undefeated and winning the year 5 final at Gresham’s School, Holt and year 6 at Holkham Hall.  Winter 2017/2018 saw her win the Suffolk Winter League Under 13 girls trophy, then feeling confident she wanted to have a go at the Norfolk County Championships at Thetford in January 2018, where she won the girls Under 11 trophy and came second in the girls team with teammates Izzy Last and Iris Palmer. Later that year she continued with the Parkruns, grabbing several age records (Fritton, Gorleston, Lowestoft and Mulbarton), formed part of the girls team that won the Ipswich Ekiden Relays, posting the fastest girls time that day. The girls also won the Ipswich Bourne Park relay race as well. She had a go at a 10k distance in May 2018 at the Heritage Coastal run posting a time of 41.53. Winter 2018/2019 has seen her keep hold of her Suffolk Winter League Under 13 girls title. Amelia then competed in the Under 13 girls at the Norfolk County Championships, which she won with a lot of grit and determination! Winning this qualified her to run at the UK Inter-County Championships cross country at Loughborough where she came 51st (out of a field of 307 girls) and was so proud to wear her county colours. She also qualified to represent Norfolk at the schools final at Northampton, going up against Northants, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, where she came second in her year group with the same time as the winner. Alongside all of these amazing achievements, it’s the person she is that’s beats all the wins, Amelia is a very modest and shy young lady at first, she will always offer help and support to her fellow runners but at the same time can be very determined when needs must – a perfect fit for the club and a name to look out for in the future, Beccles & Bungay Harriers are proud to have her and are immensely proud of each and every one of her many achievements, she is a little pocket rocket, a superstar and an all-round lovely young lady!

STARTRACK JUNIOR ATHLETICS TASTER DAY

  • Friday 12th April (during Half Term) 10am-3pm

Is your child interested in athletics and would like to give it a try, then come along to our Startrack Athletics Day where they will take part in all aspects of the athletics programme including running, throwing and jumping.

What better way for children to get active in the fresh air and off their electronic devices!

Coached by our fantastic England Athletics qualified athletics coaches, Gary Howe, Lynn Emmett and Stephen Harvey plus our favourite local running legend, two time Olympic finalist and winner of the Chicago Marathon, Paul Evans!

Cost is just £10 per child for five hours of coached athletics and fun!

To reserve your place please email Gary Howe at bbac2014@outlook.com.

SPRING BEGINNERS 'COUCH TO 5K' COURSE

  • Bungay course starts Tuesday 30th April 2019 6.45pm at Bungay High School
  • Beccles course starts Thursday 2nd May 2019 6.45pm at Sir John Leman High School Track

A 9 week course aimed at absolute beginners, those that would like to start running but don't know where to begin and those looking to start again.  Our trained and friendly leaders will introduce you to running in a safe and enjoyable way with lots of help, advice and encouragement along the way!

The aim of the course is to give you the capability and the confidence to run a 5k distance at the end of the 9 weeks. Come and join our social running group designed for any age, size, shape or ability. Each session lasts 1 hour and on your first session you will receive a free bottle of water and a booklet with lots of useful information on the course and our club – we’re really excited about it!!

Cost of the course is just £10 for all 9 weeks.

To reserve your place please email us at bbac2014@outlook.com stating which course (Bungay or Beccles) you will be attending - see you there!!

THURSDAY 24th JANUARY 2019 - INJURIES AND INJURY PREVENTION TALK

We were lucky to have Lisa Hayward from Physio East come along to club to give us the benefit of her advice on a fairly common subject for runners. Not many of us have never had a sports injury and when you do it's not always obvious what the best action to take is? Stop running? Just jog? See your doctor? Do more warm ups? Do more stretches? See a Physio? Eat better? Sleep better? Take medication? Ice it? Raise it? Drink more? The list goes on!  Lisa gave us a very interesting and informative talk on how diaphragmatic breathing (or deep breathing) can have a dramatically positive affect on our running and general running fitness, I think we all learnt something new! Thank you Lisa.