Family fortune for Nene Valley as Hughes trio lead the way

Lily Hughes completed a sprint double.
Lily Hughes completed a sprint double.
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The Hughes family were all in superb form for Nene Valley Harriers as they stormed to victory in the opening match of the East Anglian League at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

Despite the awful weather conditions, which resulted in several events being cancelled, Harriers had plenty to cheer - especially the three Hughes siblings.

Twins William and Charles Hughes won six Under 15 events between them while elder sister Lily scorched to a sprint double for the senior ladies.

Their efforts helped Harriers take the Under 15 boys and senior ladies spoils and the city club also won the Under 13 boys age group and were second at Under 13 girls, Under 15 girls and senior men level.

William Hughes won the 100m in a speedy time of 11.4, then crossed the line first in the 200m and won the high jump as well.

Not to be outdone, Charles was victorious in the shot putt, the javelin and the B string discus.

Other winners in the boys Under 15 events were Ethan Ellison (300m) and Kai Harrison (discus and B string javelin and shot putt).

Lily Hughes won the 100m in an eye-catching time of 12.0 and also took the 200m honours.

Alex Pullen also did well for the senior ladies, winning the 100m B race in 13.0, which would have been quick enough to give her second place in the main race, and she also pulled off a win in the B string 200m.

Other senior ladies to taste success included Casey Hillam and Rosie Jacobs in the 400m and 100m hurdles along with the Church sisters, Alison and Lydia, in the javelin and hammer.

Under 13 Calypso Priestley ran superbly to win the 1500m in 5.37.7, a winning margin of 10 seconds, while a third Church sibling, Matt, showed a fine turn of speed to cross the line ahead of his rivals in the Under 13 boys 1500m race, clocking an impressive 5:17.6.

Under 15 girls javelin throwers Molly Shaw and Jasmine Hammond won the A and B string javelin and Olivia Thompson took first place in the 75m hurdles.

Multi-eventers Sean Reidy and Adam Fidgett are not the type of athletes to shirk a challenge and between them scored valuable points for Harriers in seven events.

Reidy won the 100m hurdles while Fidgett held off all challengers in the B string high hurdles, shot and discus.

Simon Achurch, Peter Lewis, Dave Bush and Lloyd Kempson also scored well for the senior men, though Kempson was left to rue a lack of concentration in the 800m which cost him first place.

The next round is at Luton later this month, and Nene Valley will hope to build on what has been an excellent start to the season.