Harriers can take off with the league title next month

Joe Turner on his way to victory in the steeplechase.
Joe Turner on his way to victory in the steeplechase.
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Nene Valley Harriers are in the running for the Sweatshop Southern League Division One title after winning Saturday’s match at the Embankment.

The city club beat top-of-the-table Crawley by 39 points leaving them second in the league, equal on league points but just 15 match points behind going into the final fixture at Stevenage on August 15.

It was the first defeat for Crawley in three seasons of Southern League competition.

Nene Valley got off to a fantastic start to the meeting as Ben Jones, Sean Reidy, Rosie Jacobs and Devon Spencer won their respective 400m hurdles races.

And it was just as good without the hurdles as Daz Holding won the men’s 400m A race, Ash Sandall the B race on his comeback from injury, Georgie Ivens the ladies A race amd Megan Pusey the B race.

There was also a clean sweep for Harriers in the shot as Martin Tinkler and Robbie Shaw won for the men and Becki Hall and Andrea Jenkins for the ladies.

Jenkins went on to win two other throwing events and there was also a hat-trick of wins for Ellie Mae Stokes. She finished top scorer for the day with victories in the javelin, triple jump and long jump and a second place in the high jump.

Her winning effort in the javelin of 35.99m was a new club under 20 record and three other club records were broken.

The 4x400m women’s relay squad of Jacobs, Cassie Hilliam, Pusey and Ivens set a new club best of 4:05.6 and Simon Achurch set two new masters throwing records in the discus (31.87m) and hammer (44.60m).

In the man-of-the-match awards, which operate on a league scoring system, Reidy took the men’s prize for his 400m hurdles win in 54.0.

And he was closely followed by Tinkler (third with 14.58m in the shot), Sandall (fourth with 48.9 in the 400m) and Holding (fifth with 49.1 in the 400m).

The ladies went close to matching this by claiming four of the top six awards. Jenkins, who attains a top five score every match she competes in, was second with her hammer throw of 48.76m.

The other top six ladies were Lily Hughes (fourth with 12.2 in the 100m), Maria Hollingsworth (fifth with 14.9 in the 100m hurdles) and Hall (sixth with her 12.09m in the shot).

Dave Brown and Jenkins, two big points scorers, will be missing from the final fixture as they’re competing in the World Masters.

Match result: 1 Nene Valley Harriers 232pts; 2 Crawley AC 193pts; 3 Bedford & County 164.5pts; 4 Basingstoke & Mid Hants 139.5pts.

Nene Valley Harriers winners:

Men

100m A - Darrellon Holding 11.1; 400m A - Darrellon Holding 49.1; 400m B - Ashley Sandall 48.9; 3,000m A - Lloyd Kempson 8:52.4; 3,000m B - Alex Hampson 9:10.7; 400m hurdles A - Ben Jones 56.4; 400m hurdles B - Sean Reidy 54.0; 3,000m steeplechase A - Joe Turner 9:57.5; Shot A - Martin Tinkler 14.58; Shot B - Robbie Shaw 13.55; Hammer B - Sam Wilson 44.03; Javelin A - Tomas Saunorious 56.71; Javelin B - David Bush 42.23.

Women

100m - A Lily Hughes 12.2; 100m - B Natasha Segal 12.6; 200m - B Natasha Segal 25.5; 400m - A Georgie Ivens 60.4; 400m - B Megan Pusey 63.0; 100m hurdles - A Maria Hollingsworth 14.9; 400m hurdles - A Rosie Jacobs 73.3; 400m hurdles - B Devon Spencer 74.4; Long Jump - B Ellie Mae Stokes 4.76; Triple Jump - A Devon Spencer 10.61; Triple Jump - B Ellie Mae Stokes 10.15; Shot - A Becki Hall 12.09; Shot - B Andrea Jenkins 10.30; Discus - A Andrea Jenkins 37.73; Discus - B Becki Hall 31.09; Hammer - A Andrea Jenkins; Javelin - A 1 Ellie Mae Stokes 35.99.