Athletics - Harriers are flying high at the Embankment

Action from ther ladies 1500m at Saturday's Southern League match at the Embankment. Picture: David Lowndes
Action from ther ladies 1500m at Saturday's Southern League match at the Embankment. Picture: David Lowndes
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Nene Valley Harriers are in the running for the Sweatshop Southern League Division One title after winning Saturday’s match at the Embankment.

The city club beat top-of-the-table Crawley by 39 points leaving them second in the league behind Crawley, equal on league points but just 15 match points behind going into the final fixture at Stevenage on August 15.

Joe Turner in action in the steeplechase for Nene Valley Harriers. Picture: David Lowndes.

Joe Turner in action in the steeplechase for Nene Valley Harriers. Picture: David Lowndes.

It was the first defeat for Crawley in three seasons of Southern League competition.

Nene Valley got off to a fantastic start to the meeting as Ben Jones, Sean Reidy, Rosie Jacobs and Devon Spencer won their respective 400m hurdles races.

Four club records fell during the afternoon with Ellie Mae Stokes breaking her Under 20 javelin record with 35.99m when winning the A string event.

And the 4x400m relay squad of Rosie Jacobs, Cassie Hilliam, Megan Pusey and Georgie Ivens set a new club best of 4:05.6.

The other two records were masters records set by Simon Achurch in the discus (31.87m) and hammer (44.60m).

In the man-of-the-match awards, which operate on a league scoring system, Reidy took the men’s prize for his 400m hurdles win in 54.0 and was closely followed by Martin Tinkler (third with 14.58m in the shot), Ashley Sandall (fourth with 48.9 in the 400m) and Daz Holding (fifth with 49.1 in the 400m).

The ladies went close to matching this by claiming four of the six awards. Andrea Jenkins, who attains a top five score every match she competes in, was second with her hammer throw of 48.76m. The other top six ladies were Lily Hughes (4th with 12.2 in the 100m), Maria Hollingsworth (fifth with 14.9 in the 100m hurdles) and Becki Hall (sixth with her 12.09 in the shot).