Harriers pair strike gold at the big English Championships

Hannah Molyneaux on top of the podium at the English Championships.
Hannah Molyneaux on top of the podium at the English Championships.
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Nene Valley Harrier Hannah Molyneaux was in record-breaking form at the England Athletics Championships at Bedford over the weekend.

The 14 year-old thrower coached by Geoff Capes picked up two titles - both by considerable margins - and set a new chamionship best performance along the way.

That came in the Under 15 Girls shot putt where she threw 14.22m to win by almost half a metre from Eloise Locke from Blackheath & Bromley AC. She threw 13.69m.

And Molyneaux also won the Under 15 Girls discus with a distance of 35.65m on her opening throw.

Runner-up Caitlin Emerson from Amber Valley AC managed a best of 32.91m.

The outstanding young Harrier has been unbeatable in 2015 where she also won English Schools and English indoor titles in the shot and completed a shot and discus double at the Northern Championships in Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.

She is ranked number one in the UK in both the shot and discus in her age group.

Another exciting Nene Valley prospect to strike gold at the big Bedford meeting was sprinter William Hughes.

He scorched to victory in the Under 15 Boys 200m in 22.82 and just missed out on a golden double.

He clocked a useful 11.40 in the final of the 100m but had to settle for silver behind Luton’s Kyron Canny, who clocked 11.20.

William’s twin brother Charles also competed and he finished fourth in the Under 15 Boys shot with a personal best (PB) of 13.45m, which was just eight centimetres short of a medal placing.

Elsewhere for Nene Valley, Megan Ellison was fifth in the Under 17 Girls 800m in a new club record time of 2:14:06 and Tierney Augustine came eighth in the Under 17 Girls shot putt with 11.93m.

Jasmine Allen was undone by the timetable once again. Straight after competing in the Under 15 Girls long jump, where she finished ninth with 5.04m, she had to change her spikes and run her 200m heat.

Unfortunately the previous two and a half hours of competition and preparation had an effect and she failed to make it through the heats. She was sixth in 26.92.

Josh Akinwumi found himself in the fastest Under 17 Boys 100m hurdles heat and recorded a personal best time of 13.85. But fourth place wasn’t quite good enough for a lane in the final.

Other local results:

Under 17 Boys: 100m heat - 8th Callum Crosby (NVH) 11.75; 800m heat - 7th Daniel Mees (PAC) 1:58:24.

Under 17 Girls: High Jump - 10th Megan Porter (PAC) 1.60; 300m hurdles heat - 7th Megan Sims (PAC) 47.36.

Under 15 Girls: Pole Vault - 15th Elysia Costanzo (NVH) 2.16.