Suitably snowy end to Frostbite League season, personal bests galore from Peterborough Nene Valley youngsters in Nuneaton

The virtual Frostbite League reached a climax on a suitably unseasonable snowy and frosty weekend.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 10:11 am
Kayleigh Draper (left) was the first local lady to finish in the final Frostbite League race of the season.

Peterborough Nene Valley AC’s Phil Martin took the individual honours completing his five mile run in 25:19 on his favoured Lynch Wood course.

Martin’s training-mate Alex Gibb finished third with a 25:51 clocking, despite treating it as a training run with alternate fast and slower miles. John Pike of Peterborough Nene Valley enjoyed a fine run finishing ninth in 27:52.

The other seven top 10 places all went to athletes from Huntingdon AC. The club not only won the race, but also the league.

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Faith Perkins (left) and Evie Hemmings recorded personal best times in Nuneaton.

Yaxley Runners had an outstanding season, overtaking Riverside Runners in the last race to finish a best ever second overall. Danny Snipe and Matt Launch were the top Yaxley men on the day, both making the top 20 with times of 28:49 and 29:31 respectively. Yaxley’s Kayleigh Draper was the first local lady home finishing third in 32:47.

Peterborough Nene Valley’s Elisabeth Sennit-Clough clocked 34:22 for eighth place with Kelly Maddy of Thorney 10th in 34:36.

The junior five mile race featured another fine performance from Werrington Joggers sisters Erin and Olivia Walker. They finished as first and second girls in times of 9:01 and 9:04. Thorney’s Josh Wilmott was the top local boy clocking 8:40 for seventh position. Thorney Runners were third on the day, while Werrington Joggers topped the end of series local standings in second place.


Good things came in threes in the Nuneaton Open on Sunday, as a trio of Peterborough Nene Valley AC youngsters celebrated the start of the track and field season with new personal bests (PBs).

Louie Hemmings, the 10 year old son son of former Peterborough 5km Grand Prix winner Lance Hemmings, appears to be a chip off the old block and ran 5:30.86 for third place in his 1,500m race.

Older sister Evie Hemmings also shone. She knocked two seconds off her PB with an excellent 1,500m clocking of 5:18.90.

Under 15 Faith Perkins chopped a massive eight seconds of her previous 800m best, finishing as runner-up in her graded race in a time of 2:45.37

Niamh Rushton raced 13 times up and down the country in the two month 2020 track season.

The very busy under 17 athlete clocked a decent 28.64 in her 200m race at Nuneaton having clocked 28.30 in another open meeting at Manchester the previous weekend.