Jenk­ins wins Euro gold for Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers

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

Nene Val­ley Har­rier An­drea Jenk­ins has just re­turned from Den­mark as a dou­ble Euro­pean cham­pion.

The 41 year-old thrower took part in the Euro­pean Masters Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Aarhus and won two gold medals.

She fin­ished first in the Over 40 weight throw with a dis­tance of 15.16m - al­most half a me­tre clear of run­ner-up Kirsi Koro from Fin­land - and then went on to win the throws pen­tathlon.

Dis­tances of 42.60m (ham­mer), 9.96m (shot), 36.83m (dis­cus), 23.44m ( javelin) and 15.23m (weight throw) gave Jenk­ins a pen­tathlon to­tal of 3,618 points and that was 43 points clear of her near­est ri­val Bir­git Keller of Ger­many.

Jenk­ins also claimed a bronze medal in the ham­mer with a throw of 47.33m. That was won by an­other Ger­man Kirsten Hil­big with a mas­sive 53.32m - with Koro sec­ond on 48.50m.

And Jenk­ins just missed out on an­other medal in the dis­cus, tak­ing fourth place with 38.96m.

GRAND PRIX 5k

Lloyd Kemp­son won the fi­nal race of the Peter­bor­ough Grand Prix 5k sea­son at Wer­ring­ton on Wed­nes­day, but Nene Val­ley stars Michael Chan­ning and Grace Mullins con­firmed them­selves as wor­thy win­ners of the se­ries.

And with Mullins win­ning at Wer­ring­ton she com­pleted the sum­mer with a 100% record by win­ning all four of the races she en­tered.

The Wer­ring­ton race took place on an unsea­son­ably wet and windy evening, and a strong head­wind for the first half of the cir­cuit meant that ath­letes strug­gled to post good times on a course that has gar­nered a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing one of the fastest in the area.

Kemp­son, now run­ning for Cam­bridge & Co­leridge, won in a time of 15:48, but was chased all the way by Bed­ford and County ath­lete Chris Wright, who fin­ished five sec­onds fur­ther back.

Se­ries win­ner Chan­ning took third place with a 16:24 clock­ing.

Chan­ning was ac­com­pa­nied all race by for­mer Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers Aaron Scott and Josh Lunn, who both fin­ished one sec­ond fur­ther back.

Peter­bor­ough AC’s Amit­tai Ben-Is­rael came in sixth with a 16:42 clock­ing.

Mullins was a com­fort­able win­ner of the ladies race, cross­ing the line in 18:49.

Emma Tom­lin­son-McCrae of Nene Val­ley won the bat­tle for sec­ond, run­ning a time of 19:39 to beat March AC’S Toni Al­caraz by just one sec­ond.

Nene Val­ley ath­letes Ella Robin­son, Lind­say Lis­ter and Josie For­tune filled the next three places.

The Ju­nior 3k race was dom­i­nated by Nene Val­ley with vic­tory go­ing to Sa­muel Oak­ley in 10:36. Har­vey Han­cock and Sid O’Con­nell were hot on his heels tak­ing sec­ond and third place, to make it a Nene Val­ley 1-2-3.

Bourne Town Har­rier Molly Peel was the first girl over the line in 11:10, fif­teen sec­onds ahead of Nene Val­ley’s Lot­tie Hem­mings.

El­lie Loosley of BRJ was third, but such was the dom­i­nance of Nene Val­ley that they filled seven of the first 10 po­si­tions in the boys race and three out of the top five in the girls event.

Se­ries prize win­ners will soon be pub­lished on the se­ries web­site pe­ter­bor­oughg­pseries.com and the prizes will be awarded af­ter the Bar­ney 5k which takes place at Ferry Mead­ows on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16 with a 7pm start.

Euro­pean cham­pion An­drea Jenk­ins.

Grace Mullins.

Sam Oak­ley.

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