There’s no Hold­ing Har­rier Dar­rel­lon

ATH­LET­ICS: High-fly­ing Har­ri­ers keep win­ning in the South­ern Men’s League

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Athletics - by BOB FRANK

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

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