Diss & District Athletics Club's Max Brookes sets new personal best during Covid-19 lockdown
Despite the doors to Diss & District Athletics Club being shut due to Covid-19, it has not stopped Max Brookes from improving upon his personal best distance in the shot put.
Brookes, who is the Norfolk county champion in all four throwing disciplines, started his season as an under-15 athlete by clinching a gold medal in a shot put competition.
However, a week later the country went into lockdown, leaving Brookes and his fellow athletes without any competitive action and to continue his training at home.
To combat the disappointment, Valhalla Throws Academy decided to lift shot putter’s spirits by holding a virtual shot put competition in April.Competitors signed up from all over the world, in all age categories, and a vast spread of abilities. The competitors were allowed six throws and results were sent into the Valhalla organisers.
Brookes threw a highly respectable 10.22m – just 1cm short of his personal best – and then bettered that during the second competition of this type in May, recording a new best of 11.14m
Next up for Brookes, who also trains at the Lincs Throws Academy where his shot coach is Olympic shot putter and former world’s strongest man Geoff Capes, is a shot put and javelin competition on June 20.