Harriers make Brighton rock as they stun the champions

Rosie Jacobs (left) and Emily Maltby (centre) gained maximum points for Nene Valley in the 100m hurdles.
Rosie Jacobs (left) and Emily Maltby (centre) gained maximum points for Nene Valley in the 100m hurdles.
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Nene Valley Harriers track and field team delivered a rock solid performance at Brighton on Saturday.

The city club won their Southern League Division One clash against hosts and reigning champions Brighton and Hove AC, Tonbridge AC and Walton AC to move up into second place in the table.

The Harriers got the day off to a flying start only dropping one point in the opening track event, the 400m hurdles.

Rosie Jacobs and Anne-Marie Sayle won the ladies A and B races, while Ben Jones was runner-up in the men’s A race with Dave Bush going one better in the B run.

The fine start to proceedings on the track was echoed in the field events with wins in the hammer for Andrea Jenkins, who threw 48.88m, and Kelly Lawrence, along with a maximum points haul in the long jump pit through Emma Hornsby and Emily Maltby.

It wasn’t just the ladies who were enjoying a field day. Martin Tinkler and veteran Simon Achurch were maximum men in the shot putt and repeated the feat later in the day in the discus.

Having moved into a big early lead over their three opponents it became clear that victory was a distinct possibly for a Harriers team already holding down third place in the 16-club league.

And the good work continued with consistent scoring across the team and a number of outstanding individual displays.

Perhaps the most eye-catching of those came from Ellie-Mae Stokes, who threw the javelin 35.65m. That not only gave the 17 year-old the Under 20 club record, but the senior record as well.

Maltby had a stunningly successful day winning the triple jump and the 100m hurdles as well as the B string high jump and long jump.

In-form Cat Foley won both the 800m and 1500m, and other firsts were recorded by Hornsby in the high jump, Rosie Fresen in the pole vault, Rosie Jacobs in the 100m hurdles B race, Lydia Church in the B string shot and Devon Spencer in the B string triple jump.

And Jenkins added to her hammer win with first place in the B javelin to take the woman of the match award.

Harriers host the next fixture on July 4.

Match result: 1 Nene Valley Harriers 210pts; 2 Brighton and Hove AC 193pts; 3 Tonbridge AC 154pts; 4 Walton AC 148pts.