Local derby honours go to PAC oldies

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City clubs Peterborough AC and Nene Valley Harriers went head to head when the first leg of this year’s Eastern Veterans Track and Field League took place at St Ives.

And it was PAC who took the honours in both the men’s and ladies competitions.

Their British Masters pentathlon champion Stacy McGivern displayed her all-round prowess when winning the Over 35 200m and long jump, while Wendy Dunn took victory in the Over 50 200m in an impressive time of 31.3.

But perhaps their best performances came from 60 year-old Eamonn Dorling who, just three days after an impressive showing in the London Marathon, took part in four events and finished second in three of them.

Elsewhere for PAC, Wendy Perkins won the Over 35 800m and Judith Jagger was victorious in the shot and hammer.

The ever-consistent Dave Whitehead picked up victories in the Over 60 200m and long jump, and club vice-chairman Lee Porter won the Over 35 long jump and Karl Eve took first place in the Over 50 shot.

Nene Valley’s World Masters 400m bronze medallist Dave Brown took on PAC team captain Matthew Dalton in the Over 35 men’s 200m and won the race in a time of 23.7. He finished half a second ahead of his city rival, who took second place.

Another Nene Valley World Masters medallist, Andrea Chapman, won both the women’s Over 35 hammer and shot putt by comfortable margins.

Nicky Morgan was first over the line in the ladies Over 35 3000m, and other Harriers victories were achieved by Simon Fell in the Over 35 3000m, Simon Alchurch in both the Over 35 shot and hammer, and John Blackwell, who threw an impressive distance of 34.02m in the Over 60 hammer.

Final placings:-

Men: 1 Wellingborough & District AC 84pts; 2= Huntingdon AC and Peterborough AC both 73pts; 4 Nene Valley Harriers 61pts; 5 Corby AC 48pts; 6 Higham Harriers 0pts.

Women: 1 Wellingborough and District AC 78pts; 2 Peterborough AC 55pts; 3 Huntingdon AC 37pts; 4 Nene Valley Harriers 23pts; 5 Corby AC 10pts; 6 Higham Harriers 3pts.