The match held at RAF Cranwell was on a breezy, bitterly cold day but that did not prevent our athletes claiming eight individual awards. Here's Ken's report.
The last cross country of the season for Nene Valley Harriers for many years has been to assist the athletes of the Air Training Corp. Athletes from NVH take part in their national championships which enables the first four cadets in each age group to win their Corp colours.
The match held at RAF Cranwell was on a breezy, bitterly cold day but that did not prevent our athletes claiming eight individual awards. The day could not have started better with Amber Park led the way in the under 15 girls race first field but was tracked all the way by team mates Josie Fortune and Hanna Ray all three girls clear of the first cadet. The team obviously won the Corp match and was completed by Paula Naylor in 13th. Rebecca Pringle also finished a creditable 15th place in the same event.
Also dominating the Corp match were the under 17 men where Olli Bowling took on the field at an early stage and led team mate Austin Herbert to the finish, the team was completed by Denzel Mposu in fourth place.
The under 17 and under 20 ladies in a combined competition marginally missed out in the Corp Match. Megan Ellison went out and won the praise of the base commander winning the race by over half a minute. She was supported in the match by Beth Goymour (4th) and Imogen Woodard (6th) to miss out on winning the Corp match by just one place. Completing the team was Alice Callcut (7th) who was chased to the line by NVH team mates Olivia Ozkan (8th), Beth Howells (9th), Amy Gibbons (15th) and Annie Grey (19th).
In the final race of the morning, the under 20 men, NVH unfortunately fell short of a team after pull-outs but James McCrae again dominated the race and although at one point led by over one minute still finished 59s clear of the field. Michael Cawood, who is trying to gain a position with the RAF managed to finish a creditable fourth place.
Ethan Ellison led the NVH athletes with his third place in the under 15 boys race. The team was completed by Mapesho Mutukuma (6th), Codi Leigh Middleton (12th), and Oliver Oakley (13th). The grouping of NVH youngsters at the front of the field impressed the cadet officers with Matt Dowling (14th) and Dan Lawrence (16th).
The club now looks to the track and field season with the first races being the Southern Athletics League Saturday 16th April for the seniors and the Eastern Young Athletes meeting the next day for the youngsters.
The Corp match trophies - Imogen, Denzel, Olivia (holding under 15 trophy), Ollie holding under 17 men trophy (Beth Goymour race to follow)
With their individual awards - Megan Ellison, Amber Park and Josie Fortune