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A NUM­BER of ath­letes at Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers are un­able to com­pete in their English area cham­pi­onships due to new rules linked to af­fil­i­a­tion.

A to­tal of 26 ath­letes from the club ei­ther live or were born in the North of Eng­land, but Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers is af­fil­i­ated to the South of Eng­land AA.

Un­til late last year the ath­letes were able to com­pete in the North of Eng­land cham­pi­onships but North­ern Ath­let­ics now re­quires com­peti­tors to be a first-claim mem­ber of a club that is af­fil­i­ated to their or­gan­i­sa­tion.

To add to the con­fu­sion, Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers has a base in the North (Bos­ton) and South (Peter­bor­ough).

On the ath­letes’ plight, Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers’ Ken Maggs says: “Their af­fil­i­a­tion fee paid to Eng­land Ath­let­ics is fund­ing a part of the sport in which they are un­able to com­pete through no fault of their own.”

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