With Nene Valley Harrier’s senior team riding high in the national leagues, their youngsters were eager to show that the club’s future is in safe hands.
And they did so on Sunday when taking second place in a highly competetive Eastern Young Athletes League match at the city’s Embankment track.
With two of the strongest clubs in the league, Havering and Stevenage, among the opposition, and the Lincolnshire track and field championships taking place on the same day, coach Russ Prosser knew that this would be a tough examination of his squad’s strength in depth.
And Prosser was delighted with the response that the spirited youngsters delivered to finish a close second to Stevenage.
Nene Valley recorded overall victories in both the boys and girls Under 17 categories, with athletes willing to take part in multiple events to assist the club’s cause.
Alistair Pitts and Luke Fidler won maximum points between them in the triple and long jumps, and both athletes also gained valuable points in track events.
Nathanial Taylor won the 800m by a whisker, while Oliver Bowling’s 1500m time of 4:17:00 saw him first over the line by the huge margin of 15 seconds.
Lydia Church won the Under 17 girls hammer with a fine throw of 36.90m, and Rosie Fresen earned Nene Valley maximum points in the pole vault.
The 1500m ‘A’ and ‘B’ races were won by Megan Ellison and Beth Goymour and this double victory was part of an unprecedented feat by Nene Valley’s middle distance runners, who gained maximum points in the 1500m across all the girls age groups.
Flo Brill and Calypso Priestley were winners in the Under 13 1500m races and this achievement was equalled by Amelia Monaghan and Josephine Fortune for the Under 15s.
Amber Park took the honours in the Under 15 800m with Elysia Constanzo doing the same in the pole vault.
The Under 13 boys finished second in their category, consistency being the name of the game, with athletes scoring well across many events.
Luke Taylor won the Under 15 boys javelin and Kai Harrison was second in the shot putt and hammer.
Nene Valley, who host the next fixture on June 14, currently lie fifth out of 28 teams in the league table.