Nene Valley Harriers' track and field team stormed to victory in the opening match of the East Anglia League match at Bury St Edmund's on Sunday, in weather conditions so bad that they caused the cancellation of several events. Overall category wins were achieved by the under 13 and under 15 boys, along with the senior ladies. 2nd place finishes were secured by the under 13 and under 15 girls, as well as the senior men.
Amongst the star performers were twins William and Charles Hughes. Remarkably, they won 6 under 15 events between them, with William winning the 100 metres in a speedy time of 11.4. He also crossed the line first in the 200 metres sprint and the high jump. Not to be outdone, Charles was victorious in the shot putt, the javelin and the B string discus. Other winners in the boys under 15 events were 300 metres sprinter Ethan Ellison and Kai Harrison, who rose to the occassion superbly, taking 1st place in the discus, as well as the B string javelin and shot putt.
Nene Valleys'senior ladies dominated proceedings and Lilly Hughes, the elder sister of Charles and William, won the 100 metres in an eye catching time of 12.0, along with the 200 metres. Alex Pullen took the B 100 metres in a time of 13.0, which would have been quick enough to give her 2nd place in the main race. Pullen also pulled off a win in the b string 200 metres. Other senior ladies to taste success included Casey Hillam and Rosie Jacobs in the 400 metres, and 100 metres hurdles along with the Church sisters, Alison and Lydia, in the javelin and hammer.
Under 13 Calypso Priestley ran superbly to win the 1500 metres in 5.37.7, a winning margin of 10 seconds, whilst a 3rd Church sibling, Matt, showed a fine turn of speed to cross the line ahead of his rivals in the under 13 boys 1500 metres race, clocking an impressive 5:17.6.
Under 15 girls javelin throwers Molly Shaw and Jasmine Hammond won the a and b string Javelin, and Olivia Thompson took 1st place in the 75 metre hurdles.
Multi eventers Sean Reidy and Adam Fidgett are not the type of athletes to shirk a challenge and between them scored valuable points for the Harriers in 7 events. Reidy won the 100 metres hurdles, whilst Fidgett held of all challengers in the b string high hurdles, shot putt and discus. Simon Alchurch, Peter Lewis, Dave Bush and Lloyd Kempson also scored well for the senior men, though Kempson was left to rue a lack of concentration in the 800 metres which left him out of contention for the 1st place that he felt should have been his.
The next round is at Luton later this month, and Nene Valley will hope to build on what has been an excellent start to the season.