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Diss Athletics Club return from Norfolk County Championships with impressive medal haul

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Training may have been severely disrupted by the pandemic during the last 18 months, but members of Diss Athletics Club showed no signs of any rustiness at the recent Norfolk County Championships.

It was a particularly impressive performance from the club’s Max Brookes, who became the Under-15 county champion in all four throwing disciplines.

And not only did he win gold in javelin, shot, discus and hammer, his display also saw him selected to represent Suffolk Schools in the hammer at the English Schools National Championships.

Max Brookes, Diss Athletics Club
Max Brookes, Diss Athletics Club

Brookes, who also broke three club records, said: “It hasn’t been easy to train during lockdowns (the events) are not things you can practice in your back garden but I have done a lot of conditioning training, weights, and cycling with my dad and that has kept my fitness up ready to get back to training.”

Meanwhile, it was also a successful day for Brookes’ elder sister Luella, who picked up a gold medal in the hammer, as well as a pair of silver medals in the discus and shot – all at Under-17 level.

And to add to the real family feeling at the event, mum Mel won gold in the hammer and dad Steve clinched a silver in the same discipline.

Max Brookes and Tyler Read, Diss Athletics Club
Max Brookes and Tyler Read, Diss Athletics Club

Tyler Read (pictured above), who has been training with the club for the last five months, showed his recent progress with a trio of bronze medals in the javelin, shot and hammer, while Tamara Riches competed in the 100m, 200m and 300m races, earning a place in the 200m finals.

The group also had member Janice Nottingham (pictured left) competing in the Masters category, and she duly took gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Head coach Gordon Coe said of the achievements by the entire club: “I’m incredibly proud of all our athletes who have been competing since we returned to training.

“The amount of medals that our club brought back from the county champs is amazing and testament to the dedication and hard work of the athletes. We can’t wait to see what 2022 brings.”

Janie Nottingham, Diss Athletics Club
Janie Nottingham, Diss Athletics Club

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