Cross-Country: Medals galore as Harriers get 2015 off to a flying start

The winning Nene Valley Harriers Under 11 boys team. From the left they are Sam Oakley, Sam Hughes and Freddie House. Photo supplied
The winning Nene Valley Harriers Under 11 boys team. From the left they are Sam Oakley, Sam Hughes and Freddie House. Photo supplied
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It was a Sunday to savour for Nene Valley Harriers as they won a stack of medals in county cross-country championship meetings.

At the Lincolnshire Championships at Riseholme they claimed two individual and four team golds and at the Cambridgeshire Championships at Priory Park, St Neots, they provided three individual champions and celebrated yet another team success.

And there were also many other podium finishes to cheer as the city-based club started 2015 with a real bang.

At Riseholme the Nene Valley senior ladies squad demolished some strong Lincolnshire club sides with super veteran Philippa Taylor, an over 45 runner, winning comfortably ahead of team-mate Charlotte Taylor and Cat Foley placing fourth.

Alex Hampson was the star in the Under 17 men’s race. He ran most of the way on his own to win by a handsome margin with Bradley Spurdens taking the bronze medal and Niam Payne completing the victorious Harriers team line-up in fourth place.

And Harriers’ domination didn’t end there as Michael Cawood finished sixth, Austin Herbert seventh and Nathaniel Taylor eighth to earn the Harriers B trio the silver team award.

In the senior men’s run there was a silver medal for Aaron Scott. He was pipped by just a second by Matthew Bowser from Lincoln Wellington.

Harriers only had two runners in the Under 20 men’s race and both made the podium with Jake Richardson winning the silver medal and James McCrae the bronze.

In the Under 13 boys race, Ethan Ellison ran well to claim the silver medal and good support from William Wright (4th) and Elliot Bellamy (8th) gave Harriers more team success.

Megan Ellison then repeated her brother’s feat with a silver in the Under 15 girls age group and once again there was a team win for Nene Valley thanks to Alice Callcut (4th) and Paula Naylor in (12th).

The Under 15 boys team grouped together well and took the team silver medal. Nathan Davey just missed out on a medal in fourth spot, Keilin Spurdens was 10th, Bradley Allen 11th and Oliver Smith 12th.

The Under 13 girls also won a team award thanks to the efforts of Calypso Priestly (7th), Hanna Ray (13th) and Zoe Cawood (21st) supported by Ffion Lewis (22nd).

At Priory Park it was the youngsters who enjoyed a gold rush.

Flo Brill and Sam Hughes stormed to victory in the two Under 11 age group races and Amelia Monaghan was first over the line in the Under 13 girls race.

Sam Oakley was also a medal winner in the Under 11 boys race, finishing a close third, and with Freddie House claiming 13th place Harriers took the team honours with 17 points.

Benjamin Roberts was also an individual medal winner at St Neots as he finished third in the Under 13 boys event, while other team medals were won by the Under 13 girls (silver), Under 13 boys (silver), Under 15 girls (silver), Under 17 men (silver) and senior women (bronze).

Peterborough Athletic Club also had several members in action at St Neots and their best placing came from Inigo Gillick.

He took the silver medal behind Hughes in the Under 11 boys race.