There’s no Holding Harrier Darrellon
ATHLETICS: High-flying Harriers keep winning in the Southern Men’s League
NENE Valley Harriers extended their 100 per cent winning Southern Men’s League campaign with a fourth successive Division One success at Harrow on Saturday.
Tim Needham’s side produced a performance just as sizzling as the weather with Darrellon Holding involved in two club records.
The teenager, who recently became the first Nene Valley athlete to break 49 seconds in the 400m, broke Christian Lee’s 2003 Under 20 club record in the 200m by two tenths of a second.
Holding made up for last week’s English Under 20 Championships, where a poor start proved costly, by smashing his personal best by half-asecond to win in 22.0 and he was also second in the 100m.
And the former Werrington Jogger ended on a high when anchoring the 4x400m quartet to a club record, although it wasn’t enough for victory as they suffered their first defeat in the event this year.
Dave Bush, Dave Brown - who had earlier clocked a season’s best in the 400m, Sean Reidy and Holding clocked 3.22.7 to break the record set almost a year ago to the day in a Southern Men’s League match at Ipswich.
On that occasion, Holding and Reidy were joined by Ben Jones - who has missed the while of this season due to injury - and Adam Binns, who clocked a season’s best of 2.01.5 in the 800m on Saturday.
Reidy, the club record-holder, ran a season’s best of 54.6 to again get Nene Valley off to a great start in the 400m hurdles, his fourth win in as many Southern Men’s League fixtures in the event this year. Adam Fidgett had won the B-string on the three previous occasions but could only finish third on Saturday, despite breaking 60 second for only the second time this year. He later broke 18 seconds for the first time this year when finishing third in the 100m hurdles, backing up Reidy who had finished second in the A-string in a season’s best of 15.7, and also won the B-string pole vault.
Paul Halford has recorded a personal best in the 5000m in all four Southern Men’s League races this year, and he took 13 seconds off his previous best despite the scorching conditions. Duathlon international Sean Beard certainly suffered in the heat and was almost a minute slower than his winning time in last week’s Oundle Carnival 5k when finishing last in the B-string.
Halford had to settle for second place for the third successive Southern Men’s League fixture but Nene Valley scored well in the 1500m, de- spite the absence of Chris Wright who was attending a wedding.
Latvian Edgas Sumskis was impressive in winning the A-string while James Vernau took second in the B-string, and there was a personal best for youngster Tom Rodgers in the 3000m steeplechase - a fine effort considering he was a major doubt due to injury,
James Thomas, competing as a non-scorer in the sprints, recorded two personal bests and could now be pushing Simon Turnock hard to get into the scoring events, although the latter set a season’s best when second in the B-string 100m.
Nene Valley have been superb in the throws this year and have maximum points in the shot with Ken Baker and Simon Achurch both boasting four wins. Baker’s 13.98m was his best for four years and he also teamed up with Achurch for maximum points in the discus.
Achurch also won the hammer, with club record-holder Harry Wells winning the B-string, and the latter also took the B-string high jump after equalling his personal best of 1.75m. Mitch Guest cleared the same height, also equalling his personal best, for second in the A-string.
Wells’ impressive day also included a personal best in the B-string triple jump, where Joe Eveling-White clocked a season’s best in the Astring, both athletes finishing third.
Lithuanian Andrej Sidorkin was a non-scorer in the throws and added three metres to his discus personal best - his effort beating both scoring club members - as well as going beyond 30m for the first time in the hammer. He could come into contention for the next fixture at Ilford when Nene Valley will be without the likes of Wells, Holding and Wright who will be cometing at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham. SOUTHERN MEN’S LEAGUE