TOP RUNS: From left – Leonie Hart, Josie Knight, Lottie Hemmings, Amelia Devine, Niamh Hodgson and Chelsea Bole.

Ace Lloyd leads the way as Nene Valley Harriers impress in London

The success of the Nene Valley Harriers production line was showcased in London on Saturday as graduates past and present made their mark on the England Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill Fields.

Although now a member of the highly successful Cambridge and Coleridge AC long distance squad, Lloyd Kempson still represents Nene Valley on the track.

After a disappointing Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championship last month, Kempson more than made up for it on the testing 12km Hampstead Heath, course, finishing 31st amongst the best cross country runners in England with a time of 41.50mins.

Chris Wright has recently left Nene Valley due to a move to London, and gained his highest ever placing in the nationals, coming home 67th in 42.46mins.

James McCrae also had an excellent run, finishing 80th in his first national championship as a senior with a 43.05mins clocking.

Peterborough AC were out in force in the senior men’s race and Ben Heron led the team home with a 130th place finish and a time of 44.00mins.

Owen Wilkinson had a storming run at under-15 level, coming in 57th out of 504 finishers. Wilkinson received sterling support from his team-mates with the city club finishing as 18th team out 52. Harvey Hancock was 163rd, Sam Oakley 203rd, with Sam Garner completing the scorers in 22nd place.

The under-13 boys were led home by Harry Hewitt in 25th, while under 13 girl Lottie Hemmings finished 17th. Her Nene Valley team took 34th place.

Katie Tasker had a fine run finishing as 203rd under-15 girl Amber Park (139th) and Ellie Piccaver (154th) were separated by seconds in the ladies’ under-17.

Former Harrier Alex Hampson had a tremendous run in the junior men’s race, coming home 33rd in the colours of Cambridge and Coleridge.

Athletes from Peterborough AC and Nene Valley also performed well in the senior ladies’ race.

Peterborough’s Chloe Finlay in 157th position with a time of 34.48mins, and 166th-placed Sarah Caskey just eight seconds further back led the local charge over the 8km course. Grace Mullins, in 216th, was Nene Valley first finisher with a time of 36.02mins.

  • NVH results: Senior men – 31st Lloyd Kempson; 80th James McCrae; 738th Michael Chapman; 795th Lee Harthill; 1172nd Luke Myers; 1258th Harrison Miles; 1280th Jay Belham; 1651st Andrew Robson; 1707th Paul Parkin; 1874th Duane Tomaselli.

Senior women – 216th Grace Mullins; 397th Sophie Wilkinson; 457th Emma Randall.

Junior men – 202nd Oliver Bowling.

Junior women – 124th Hannah Randall; 129th Imogen Woodward.

Under-17 women – 139th Amber Park; 154th Ellie Piccaver; 194th Josephine Fortune; 250th Kelsi Ellis.

Under-15 girls – 203rd Katie Tasker; 348th Olivia Mead; 407th Alice Bailey.

Under-15 boys – 57th Owen Wilkinson; 163rd Harvey Hancock; 203rd Sam Oakley; 220th Dylan Tomaselli; 222nd Sam Garner; 472nd Angus Bowling; 499th Tom Middleton.

Under-13 girls – 174th Lottie Hemmings; 219th Leonie Hart; 234th America Devine; 261st Chelsea Bole; 325th Jose Knight; 440th Niamh Hodgson.

Under-13 boys – 258th Harry Hewitt; 267th Joe Garner; 529th Freddie House.

  • There were scintillating performances from a number of local youngsters in the England Athletics Indoor Championship at Sheffield over the weekend.

Nene Valley’s Freddie Fraser won gold in the under-15 60m hurdles, running a club record time of 8.47secs. The talented teenager now sits at number one in the national rankings.

Peterborough AC’s Elizabeth Taylor also won gold, clocking 42.29secs to take the under-15 300m title.

Will Kong of Nene Valley, who won bronze In Eastern and Southern Championships, stepped it up a notch taking the silver medal in the under-15 60m, clocking 7.43secs.

The youngster was back on the track within 30 minutes of the 60m final, this time winning bronze over 300m, setting a new club record time of 38.13secs.

Several other Harriers were in action, and Callum Winchester ran a time of 7.20 when finishing sixth in the under-20 60m semi-final.

Joe Prince ran a personal best (PB) of 2.03mins in his under-17 800m heat, but failed to make further progress.

Megan Ellison went out in her under-20 800m heat and Jasmine Allen finished 16th in the under-20 long jump.

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