Nene Valley youngsters cruise into the play-offs

Nene Valley Harriers secured their place in the prestigious end-of-season Eastern Young Athletes League play-off final with a solid performance at Norwich on Sunday (writes Barry Warne).

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 10:15 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:36 pm
Ella Robinson.

Harriers finished third out of eight teams on the day, and were fourth overall in the final standings of a league which comprises 28 clubs.

Team manager Russ Prosser is sure to have some thinking to do before the finals at Stevenage on September 4 after a meeting in which several youngsters made the most of their opportunity to impress as a number of key squad members were unavailable on the day.

Nene Valley were at their best in the boys Under 15 and Under 17 age groups comfortably winning both.

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William Hughes and Ronnie Rawlings were totally dominant in the sprints at Under 17 level with Hughes winning both the 100m and 200m. Rawlings who took the B string honours over both distances.

Charles Hughes won both the shot and javelin, with Denzil Mposu first in the B string javelin.

Kielen Spurdens had a fine run, winning the B 1500m.

The Under 15 boys put in a fine team performance with many athletes scoring well.

Harry Smith won the shot, Billy Fitzpatrick crossed the line first in the 800m and Luke Phillips won the B high jump.

William Kong had a great day for the Under 13 boys on his club debut. Not only did he win the B 100m and 200m but his times of 12.9 and 26.7 seconds were quicker than any A string runners.

Freddie Fraser was first A runner in the 100m, and had a day to remember when also winning the 75m hurdles and long jump.

George Harrison won the B shot and Sam Oakley and Kai Chilvers made it a double Nene Valley victory over 1500m.

Alicja Gawronski won the Under 13 200m in 29.1 while Danielle Pusey threw her way to victory in the javelin.

Ella Robinson pulled off a fine Under 15 B 300m and 800m double, and Amber Park won the A 800m.

Nene Valley thrived in the Under 17 throws with Lydia Church first in the shot and hammer and Alex Stubley in the B string discus.