Kane Wright was within a whisker of striking gold at the North of England Championships in Manchester at the weekend.
The Nene Valley Harriers flyer was awarded the silver medal in the Under 20 men’s 100m after missing out in a photo finish with Daniel Walsh from Longwood. Both runners were given the same time of 10.77.
Wright is having a great year, having also won a silver medal in the Northern Indoor Championships and being selected to represent the GB Under 20 team at the Loughborough International event in May. In both events he gained personal best times and club records.
This weekend he goes in the National Under 20 Championships.
Harriers also picked up three more silver medals in Manchester and a bronze.
Lily Hughes dipped under 12 seconds for the first time when finishing runner-up in the women’s Under 20 100m in 11.97, which was also a new club record.
Rebecca Hall gained a season’s best in the senior women’s shot putt with a silver medal throw of 12.50m and one of her training partners, Robbie Shaw, also recorded a season’s best putt with 14.95m to take the silver in the men’s under 20 shot.
Maria Hollingsworth won a bronze medal in the Under 20 women’s 100m hurdles, clocking a PB and club record 14.74.
Max Butler also competed at the championship in the Under 20 men’s 1500m and put in a spirited performance against a strong field to finish a creditable sixth in 4:18.52.
Harriers also picked up a bronze medal at the Midlands Championships in Birmingham. That was won by Ellie-Mae Stokes in the women’s Under 20 javelin with a throw of 33.14m.
A handful of Nene Valley athletes competed in the South of England Championships at Lee Valley.
Issac Huskisson was sixth in the Under 20 men’s hammer with 49.68m; Lloyd Kempson was ninth in the men’s 1500m in 4:04.71, and Joseph Turner seventh in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 10:10.68.
Ben Jones, a trainee doctor, reached the final of the men’s 400m hurdles with a second place in his heat in 54.74 but had to withdraw from the final. Sean Reidy just missed out on the final despite running a season’s best 54.94 in his heat.
Top local performance at Lee Valley came from Peterborough AC hurdler Ella De Lucis. She won a bronze medal in the women’s Under 20 100m hurdles with a new PB of 14.40.