Masterful runs by Huskisson and Fell earn them South of England titles

James McCrae (left) on the podium at the Midlands Indoor Championships.

James McCrae (left) on the podium at the Midlands Indoor Championships.

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Five local athletes won titles at the South of England Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley at the weekend.

Nene Valley Harrier Ricky Huskisson and Simon Fell from Stamford Striders were both double winners.

Sprinter Huskisson darted to victory in the Over 55 60m and 200m in times of 7.85 and 25.56 while Fell, competing in the Over 35 category, won the 1500m in 4.35.12 and the 3,000m in 9.46.81.

The Peterborough Athletic Club trio of Karl Eve, Leigh Porter and Stacey McGivern were also champions.

Eve took the Over 50 high jump honours with 1.48m, Porter won the Over 35 triple jump with 11.39m and McGivern raced home first in the Over 35 800m.

Peterborough AC chairman Matthew Dalton said: “Our success at the weekend proves that the club is successful in all age groups - from Under 11s to veterans. Well done to Leigh, Stacey and Karl. They did the club proud.”

Other results:

Over 35 60m - 4 Leigh Porter ( PAC) 7.81.

Over 45 60m - 3 Julian Smith (Nene Valley) 7.70.

Over 45 200m - 4 Julian Smith (Nene Valley) 25.63.

Over 35 Long Jump - 2 Leigh Porter (PAC) 5.63.

MIDLANDS INDOORS

Bourne Grammar School pupil and Nene Valley Harrier James McCrae won a silver medal at the Midland Counties Indoor Championships at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.

In a rare outing indoors, McCrae was delighted to finish runner-up in the Under 20 800m final in a time of 1:56:03.

In a fast race, McCrae was always in a good position on the shoulder of former winner Jeremy Barnes.

As Barnes faded at around 650 metres, McCrae swept past into the silver medal position but was unable to catch the runaway winner, Adam Wright from Rugby & Northampton, whose time of 1:53.64 put him third in the UK rankings.

McCrae’s time also took him to 10th in the rankings off what has been largely cross-country training.

His next outing is in the National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday, where he is looking for a top 50 finish, and then he has the England Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

McCrae said after his race: “That has set me up well for a busy spell of championship racing. The winter has gone really well so far and hopefully that will carry over into the summer for me.”

ANGLIAN SCHOOLS

At the recent Anglian Schools Cross-Country Championships at Ipswich, there was a win for Nene Valley Harrier Jake Richardson.

He took the Seniors Boys race honours by a winning margin of nine seconds.