Athletics: Thumping success for Nene Valley Harriers

Georgia Ivens wins the senior womens 400m race in the East Anglian League. Photo: David Lowndes.
Georgia Ivens wins the senior womens 400m race in the East Anglian League. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Nene Valley Harriers won their East Anglian League match at the Embankment by a handsome margin.

The city club recorded first-place finishes in the under 15 girls, under 17 girls and senior ladies combined team, plus the under 17 boys.

The senior men finished a close second to Cambridge and Coleridge losing out by just one point. The under 15 boys also finished second behind their county rivals.

As a result Nene Valley finished 66 points clear of second placed Cambridge & Coleridge. Peterborough Athletic Club finished fifth of the six teams.

Results: 1 Nene Valley Harriers 724pts, 2 Cambridge & Coleridge 658.5, 3 Hunts AC 468, 4 West Norfolk 356.5, 5 Peterborough Athletic Club 342.5, 6 Leighton Buzzard 182.

The men’s senior throwers were in scintillating form winning all their events by handsome margins.

Isaac Huskisson, Martin Tinkler and Simon Achurch achieved two victories apiece whilst Robbie Shaw, a medallist at the English Schools Championship last week, won the B shot putt with a distance of 13.64m.

The senior ladies went one better than the men winning a staggering eight throwing events.

The Church sisters, Alison and Lydia, won the 600g javelin B event and the 4kg shot putt respectively.

Tiernay Augustine and Rebecca Hall won two events each and Andrea Jenkins won the 4kg hammer, whilst Ellie May Stokes finished first in the 600g javelin. Stokes also won the B long jump.

The junior throwers were also in fine form, and Charles Hughes, Kai Harrison and Luke Taylor carried all before them for the under 15s, with Hughes winning three events.

Liam Brotherton won the under 17 B shot and Matt Hornsby was succesful in the B discus event.

Nene Valley’s English Schools Champion, Hannah Molyneaux, won the shot putt throwing a distance of 13.06, and also the discus, with Macey Carr first in the B shot putt as well as the B long jump.

Three under 13 girls, Lucy Molyneaux, Macey Andrews and Charlotte Martin outthrew their opponents.

There were also plenty of fine performances on the track.

The Hughes siblings had a field day with the talented trio winning all their events, Lilly Hughes narrowly missed out on a medal in the English Schools Championships last week, but led all the way in the 100 and 200 metres, clocking times of 12.2 and 25.1,as did her brother William when winning the under 13 100 and 200 metres.

Other winners for Nene Valley were Hana Knight in the girls under 13 800 metres, while the under 15 girls had a fine day on the track with first place finishes from Jada Dailey in the under B 100 metres, Jasmine Allen and Kelsi Ellis in the A and B string 300 metres and middle distance runners Jess McKenzie, Amber Parks and Josephine Fortune.

Long jumper Olivia Thompson also leapt to victory.

Natasha Segal and Georgie Ivens won the senior women’s B 100 and 200 metres with Jasmine Oldfield first over the line in the B 300 metres. Ivens made it a win double with victory in the 400 metres in a time of 59.2.

Rosie Jacobs won the 100 metres hurdles to complete the club’s success in the sprints.

Emily Maltby and Devon Spencer won the first and second string triple jump.

Under 15 boys Ronan Rawlings and Ryan Olbramski were B string winners in the 100 and 200 metre sprints.

The senior men enjoyed their fair share of first places with Jake Berney and Julian Smith coming good in the 100 metres.

Max Butler and Sam Garmey did the double in the 400 metres and Ashley Sandall and Joe Turner equalled this feat in the 800 metres, with Jake Richardson first home in the B 1500 metres.

Nene Valley also won the under 15 boys, senior women’s and under 15 girls 4 x 100 metres relays.

The final match of the season takes place at King’s Lynn on 9 August,with Nene Valley lying third in the 18-team League behind Ipswich Harriers and City of Norwich AC.