HAR­RI­ERS FLY TO VIC­TORY

ATH­LET­ICS

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by BOB FRANK

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.

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