HARRIERS FLY TO VICTORY
NENE Valley Harriers maintained their 100 per cent record in the Southern Men’s League as they won by 19 points at Thurrock.
Sixteen year-old Harry Wells broke Simon Achurch’s three year-old club record in the hammer on a day when the throwers were in superb form.
Nene Valley took maximum points in the throws as they won the A and B strings in the shot, discus, hammer and javelin.
Wells, who made his rugby international debut earlier this year, added 1.77m to Achurch’s club record. Achurch may have lost his record but he still had a great day with four victories while Ken Baker is unbeaten in the shot in the league this year and has only dropped one point in the discus.
Nene Valley are also unbeaten in the 400m hurdles this season, Sean Reidy and Adam Fidgett both winning three out of three.
Club decathlon recordholder Fidgett was involved in four victories on Saturday, also winning the B-string sprint hurdles and pole vault as well as being in the victorious 4x100m relay quartet.
Peter Lewis won the Astring pole vault and there was another Nene Valley double in the 400m where Darrellon Holding was unchallenged in winning the A-string and David Bush took the B-string.
Bush was just a tenth of a second outside his personal best while Holding equalled his season’s best in the 200m just 20 minutes later where he came up against a quality field.
Paul Halford maintained his record of improving his personal best in every Southern Men’s League fixture this year as he finished strongly to finish second in the 5000m, where Ed Hewitt struggled round with an injury.
Tom Rodgers also picked up an injury in the 3000m steeplechase and was unable to finish, leaving Josh Lunn to take third place.
Sam Lawrence returned from injury to finish fourth in the 100m, where Simon Turnock won the B-string. Kevin Ellis could return to boost the sprint squad for the next fixture at Harrow in three weeks time following a long-term injury.
Sam Hunt should also be back from injury for that meeting and Latvian ace Edgas Sumskis, who was unavailable due to work commitments, may also return.
But English Under 17 400m hurdles champion Ben Jones will still be out injured while former Peterborough Athletic Club member Michael Frankland’s debut for the club has been further delayed by an- other setback.
Just as he was getting over a foot injury he dislocated his shoulder while trampolining so it’s just as well the likes of Holding, Bush, Adam Binns and Dave Brown have been scoring well in the 400m.
Another athlete who will come into the side for the next fixture is former handball international Steve Hill.
Hill, son of former rugby player Phil, was with Nene Valley as a youngster and after impressing for Britain in handball and then trying his luck with the oval ball with Borough he is now training with the decathlon squad at Lee Valley.
He competed as a non-scorer on Saturday but threw further than Achurch in the javelin. He also sent the shot beyond 12m as well as improving his personal bests in the sprint hurdles and discus.
Nene Valley ended the meeting by making it three wins out of three in the 4x400m albeit not without a scare as Holding dropped the baton just after taking it from Reidy.
But such was their lead he was able to retrieve it and go on to complete another victory.
UNBEATEN: Sean Reidy has won all his 400m hurdles races in the Southern Men’s League this season.
CLUB RECORD: For Harry Wells.