All-rounder Reidy leads Nene Val­ley into the Eastern Vets League fi­nals

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers hunted down their prey at the Em­bank­ment track on Mon­day night as their veteran men emerged from a vi­tal Eastern Mas­ters League match as joint win­ners with Peter­bor­ough AC.

It means Nene Val­ley have qual­i­fied for the Septem­ber fi­nals.

Although sev­eral star Har­ri­ers were com­pet­ing in the Euro­pean Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships in Den­mark, Nene Val­ley were still able to put out a strong team.

Sean Reidy picked up a hat­ful of points by win­ning the Over 35 100m, 400m (in 53.5) and the high jump. The tal­ented all-rounder also fin­ished sec­ond to PAC’s Neil Torr in the triple jump.

Si­mon Achurch won the Over 35 javelin and dis­cus for Nene Val­ley, and the long strid­ing James McDon­ald fin­ished first in the 2km walk.

Peter­bor­ough AC missed out on the fi­nals, but fielded a strong team on Mon­day. There were wins for Over 60 400m run­ner Dave White­head in a time of 65.8, and Kirk Brawn, who was first scor­ing ath­lete in the Over 35 mile with a time of 4:55.6, three sec­onds be­hind team- mate, James Sadlier who ran as a non scorer.

Pete Bran­tom won for Peter­bor­ough in the B walk.

The ladies match was an ex­cit­ing af­fair with PAC fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Rys­ton Run­ners with Nene Val­ley just one point fur­ther back.

Nene Val­ley fin­ished joint sec­ond with Hunts AC in the fi­nal stand­ings, four points ahead of Peter­bor­ough AC.

With the top two teams qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals, and the re­sults still to be rat­i­fied by the league sec­re­tary, ath­letes from both clubs re­main on ten­ter­hooks.

Stacey McGivern was the star of the night for PAC win­ning the Over 35 100m, javelin, dis­cus and triple jump in which she leapt 10.20m. Re­becca Scotcher was first in the high jump while Kay Gib­son won the Over 50 dis­cus.

Nene Val­ley were in top form on the track with Philippa Tay­lor and Yvonne Scar­rott win­ning their mile races. Scar­rott also crossed the line first in the Over 50 400m.

Away from the track Hazel Gear­ing threw 14.93m to win the Over 50 javelin with Ju­dith Ja­cobs first in the triple jump in her age group.

WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

All eyes will be on Usain Bolt in the World Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day evening, but as the su­per­star bows out of in­ter­na­tional athletics a star in the mak­ing, Nene Val­ley’s Char­lotte Tay­lor, will be mak­ing her de­but at the event.

The Spald­ing speed­ster gained her place in the GB team for the 10,000m thanks to a run of 32:11.80 in Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier this year, and will line up with the world’s lead­ing dis­tance run­ners in­clud­ing Olympic cham­pion and world record holder Al­maz Ayana of Ethiopia.

Char­lotte Tay­lor runs in the World Cham­pi­onships.

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