Nene Valley Harriers athletes made hay, as the sun shone on the Peterborough Athletics Arena last Sunday.
The city club won their East Anglian League fixture, seeing off some strong opposition in the process. The Harriers came out on top in three of the seven categories in a six team contest, with first place finishes for the under 15 girls, under 17 girls and senior ladies combined team, and the under 17 boys. The senior men finished a close second to Cambridge and Coleridge losing out by just one point. The under fifteen boys also finished second behind their county rivals.
As has been the case so often this season the club's throwers delivered a match winning performance securing many impressive victories across the age groups. The men's senior throwers were in scintillating form winning all their events by handsome margins. Isaac Huskisson, Martin Tinkler and Simon Achurch achieved two victories apiece whilst 17 year old, Geoff Capes coached, Robbie Shaw won the B shot putt with a distance of 13.64 metres just a week after winning the bronze medal at The English Schools Championship.
The senior ladies went one better than the men winning a staggering eight throwing events. The Church sisters, Alison and Lydia, won the 600g javelin B event and the 4 kg shot putt respectively. Tiernay Augustine and Rebecca Hall won two events each. Andrea Jenkins won the 4kg Hammer, whilst Ellie May Stokes finished first in the 600g Javelin Stokes also won the B long jump.
The junior throwers were also in fine form, and Charles Hughes, Kai Harrison and Luke Taylor carried all before them for the under 15s, with Hughes winning three events. Liam Brotherton won the user 17 B Shot as did Matt Hornsby in the B discus. Nene Valley's English Schools Champion, Hannah Molyneaux, won the Shot Putt throwing a distance of 13.06, and also the discus, with Macey Carr first in the B shot putt as well as the B long jump.Three under 13 girls, Lucy Molyneaux, Macey Andrews and Charlotte Martin out threw their opponents.
There were plenty of fine performances from the Harriers away from the throws. The Hughes siblings had a field day with the talented trio winning all their events.Lilly Hughes narrowly missed out on a medal in the English Schools Championships last week,but led all the way in the 100 and 200 metres, clocking times of 12.2 and 25.1,as did her brother William when winning the under 13 100 and 200 metres.
Other winners for Nene Valley were Hana Knight in the girls under 13 800 metres, whilst the under 15 girls had a fine day on the track with first place finishes from Jada Dailey in the under B 100 metres, Jasmine Allen and Kelsi Ellis in the A and B string 300 metres and middle distance runners Jess McKenzie, Amber Parks and Josephine Fortune. Long jumper Olivia Thompson also leapt to victory.
Natasha Segal and Georgie Ivens won the senior Women's B 100 and 200 metres with Jasmine Oldfield first over the line in the B 300 metres. Ivens made it a win double with victory in the 400 metres in a time of 59.2. Rosie Jacobs won the 100 metres hurdles, to complete the club's success in the sprints. Emily Maltby and Devon Spencer won the 1st and 2nd string triple jump.
Under 15 boys Ronan Rawlings and Ryan Olbramski were B string winners in the 100 and 200 metres sprints.
The senior men enjoyed their fair share of first places with Jake Berney and Julian Smith coming good in the 100 metres. Max Butler and Sam Garmey did the double in the 400 metres and Ashley Sandall and Joe Turner equalled this feat in the 800 metres, with Jake Richardson first home in the B 1500 metres. Nene Valley also won the under 15 boys, senior Women's and under 15 girls 4 x 100 metres relays.
The final match of the season takes place at King's Lynn on 9 August,with Nene Valley lying 3rd in the 18 team League behind Ipswich Harriers and City of Norwich AC.