It’s a super silver for Nene Valley Harriers shot-putter Church

Martin Tinkler was sixth in the English final.
Martin Tinkler was sixth in the English final.
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Nene Valley’s Lydia Church picked up the shot putt silver medal in Saturday’s England Athletics Para Championships held at Sports City Manchester.

The 18 year-old grand-daughter of Harriers founder member Ray Church threw a distance of 10.39m and was only beaten by an Olympic medallist.

Lydia Church.

Lydia Church.

Church competes in the F12 category for visually impaired athletes, and is a key member of the Nene Valley track and field team in the Southern League and the UK Womens League.

The talented thrower is currently studying for a sports science based qualification, and if she is successful could end up based at Loughborough, the home of British Para Athletics.

Ranked British number one in the F12 category at both discus and shot, Church may one day realise her dream of becoming an Olympian herself.

The England Athletics Senior Championship also took place as part of the meeting and Nene Valley shot-putters Becki Hall and Martin Tinkler were in action.

Hall finished as seventh lady with a throw of 12.66m, while Tinkler went one better in the men’s competition throwing 14.62m for sixth place.

Peterborough AC’s teenage all-rounder Lewis Davey ran 49.12 to finish third in his 400m heat.

Sadly Davey was unable to repeat this form in the semi-final, and was eliminated after running a disappointing 50.30.

HECKINGTON SHOW 10

The Heckington Show 10 mile Road Race took place on Saturday and former event organiser Simon Bell of Nene Valley Harriers finished 32nd in 1:07.46.

Bell was beaten by two Werrington Joggers, led by Jeff Lucas who was ninth in 1:01.39 and Dan Mcdonald in 17th place with a 1:03.30 clocking.

Emily Douse, also of Werrington Joggers, was the first local lady finishing 97th in a time of 1:21.05.