Har­ri­ers young­sters end their sea­son on a high

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Barry Warne ATH­LET­ICS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Nene Val­ley young­sters com­pleted their sea­son in fine style, with a fifth place fin­ish in Sun­day’s Eastern Young Ath­letes League Play-Off Fi­nal at Steve­nage. Up against the re­gion’s track and field pow­er­houses Bed­ford and Ip­swich, the city club’s young­sters more than held their own, and can per­haps con­sider them­selves a lit­tle un­for­tu­nate not to have fin­ished higher in a closely fought con­test.

William Kong was one of the stars of the show. On only his sec­ond ap­pear­ance for Nene Val­ley the sprint ace won both the Un­der 13 100m and 200m. He also had time for a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the long jump.

William Hughes and Ro­nan Rawl­ings also pulled off no­table sprint dou­bles, with Hughes fin­ish­ing first in both the Un­der17 100 mand 200m, and Rawl­ings equalling the achieve­ment in the B races.

Un­der 15 jumper Lee Ad­di­son was tri­umphant in both the high and long jumps.

There were also some top per­form­ers among the girls, with Ly­dia Church con­tin­u­ing her fine sea­son by win­ning the Un­der 17 shot and ham­mer com­pe­ti­tions.

Mid­dle dis­tance run­ner Me­gan El­li­son won the Un­der 17 800m in 2:18.43, and fol­lowed this up by tak­ing run­ner-up spot in the 300m.

Jas­mine Allen and Kelsi El­lis en­joyed firsts, in the Un­der 17 B 200m and 300m races re­spec­tively.

Am­ber Park dom­i­nated the Un­der 15 800m cross­ing the line in 2:24.85 and she was ably sup­ported by Ella Robin­son, the B race win­ner.

Katie Call­cut won the Un­der 13 B 100m and Alice Gawron­ski the B 200m. Flo Brill raced to vic­tory in the 1500m A race in 5:07.99 clock­ing.

Tomi Ogun­y­oye was a win­ner in the Un­der 15 B high jump, and Cal­lum Robert­son threw fur­thest in the B shot.

Un­der 17 Bradley Allen took the hon­ours in the B 800m, as did Charles Hughes in the B javelin.

Team man­ager Russ Prosser couldn’t hide his de­light af­ter the event, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally prais­ing his young­sters.

He said: “Our ath­letes were a credit to them­selves andthe club. Some of them took part in mul­ti­ple events, some­times fill­ing in late in the day.

“Ev­ery­one gave their all and I can ask for noth­ing more.”


Old-timers from Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers and Peter­bor­ough AC were in­volved in a gold- rush at Sandy on Satur­day.

Brav­ing the wind and rain, vet­eran ath­letes from the city clubs helped them­selves to a fan­tas­tic haul of medals at the Eastern Mas­ters Track and Field Cham­pi­onships.

Nene Val­ley spouses Ju­lian and Claire Smith will need to clear space on their man­tel­piece af­ter they col­lected an as­ton­ish­ing five sprint golds be­tween them with Ju­lian win­ning the Over 45 100m, 200m and 400m and Clare the Over 40 200m and 400m.

Ricky Huskisson (55) was also a multi-medal win­ner for Nene Val­ley with golds in the 100m and 200m and a sil­ver in the 400m.

Peter­bor­ough AC ev­er­green Dave White­head had a great day, win­ning the three Over 60 sprints and tak­ing sil­ver in the long jump.

Matthew Dal­ton was also in top form for Peter­bor­ough AC sprint­ing to gold in the Over 35400m. His team-mate James Sadlier claimed bronze in the same race. Dal­ton also bagged the 100m hur­dles sil­ver.

Sprinter Wendy Dunn won Over 55 200m gold and Kay Gib­son col­lected sil­ver medals in the Over 50 dis­cus and shot.

Nene Val­ley’s Nicky Mor­gan capped a fine track sea­son with first place in the Over 45 1500m, and Paul Parkin won sil­ver in the Over 50 3,000m, as did Tim Need­ham in the Over 60 dis­cuss.

Nene Val­ley new­comer John Spriggs com­pleted the fab­u­lous lo­cal medal haul tak­ing triple jump gold and long jump sil­ver as an Over 60.

Me­gan El­li­son wins the Un­der 17 800m for Nene Val­leyHar­ri­ers.

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