Athletics

Prosser praise as Nene Valley take two top team titles

By Ruth Jones Rain, strong winds and boggy hills did nothing to deter 82 steely athletes who travelled to Kettering to compete for Nene Valley Harriers in the second of the North Midlands cross country league fixtures of the season on Saturday. Club coach Russ Prosser praised every athlete who fought the conditions to place as highly as they could ...

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Terrific Taylor second at Euros despite fall

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers may be better known for their road running, track and field and cross country running successes – but veteran Sean Beard and international Charlotte Taylor proved the club is also home to some elite duathletes when they secured selection for the European Age Group Championships Beard, a long term club stalwart, fought hard to ...

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Fresh faces help Harriers make a successful start

by Ruth Jones New blood at Nene Valley Harriers helped the club to one of its most successful cross country season openers in years when athletes from all age groups travelled to Derby for the first of the North Midlands league matches. Sam Oakley and Joe Garner both placed in the top ten in the under-11 race, which measured 2km ...

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Kempson and Taylor shine at Pinchbeck 10k

Nene Valley Harriers’ youngsters took the top honours at the West Pinchbeck 10k on Sunday amid sweltering conditions. Spalding’s international duathlete and triathlete Charlotte Taylor narrowly missed the six-year-old course record by 20 seconds (held by GB athlete Gemma Steel), when she finished fifth overall in a speedy 35.45mins. This represented the 20-year-old’s 10k debut on the roads, having only ...

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Nene Valley Harriers toast their successful season

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers celebrated the end of one of the club’s most successful track and field seasons when more than 100 athletes attempted to run, jump or throw their way to a new personal best at Peterborough’s Embankment track. The cold, foggy conditions were not conducive to fast times in the nine graded 800m races. Nevertheless, athletes ...

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Spalding’s Taylor shines for Nene Valley at relays

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers took their largest contingent of athletes in years to compete at the Southern Road Relays – and reaped the rewards for making the long journey to Aldershot. The annual relays, held at the Rushmoor Arena in Hampshire, attract hundreds of athletes from across the whole of the South of England, including elite runners who ...

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Nene Valley Harriers excel in East Anglian League final

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers’ track and field athletes excelled once again to cap off one of the club’s most successful summer seasons with a strong team performance in the East Anglian League final at Bury St Edmunds. The stand-out achievement came in the men’s U17 competition, with the Harriers’ athletes winning their age group overall, while the U15 girls were second ...

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Nene Valley Harriers round off great season on track and field

Nene Valley Harriers’ youngsters completed one of their best ever track and field seasons when they placed an admirable fourth in the Eastern Young Athletes’ cup final at Basildon, writes RUTH JONES. This was the second year in a row that the Harriers had made it to the final of the highly competitive league. To qualify for the coveted final ...

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Nene Valley Harrier Shaw bags national bronze

Robbie Shaw launched a massive 16.24m shot put throw to claim the bronze medal at the England Athletics under-15 and under-17 Championships. The Nene Valley Harrier, who is trained by South Holland legend Geoff Capes, managed third in the under-17 event thanks to a big throw in the sixth and final round. His throw during the warm-up would have won ...

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Explosive young guns fire Harriers into final

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers’ youngsters rose to the occasion as they beat off strong opposition to win their final Eastern Young Athletes’ League match of the season to secure their place in the cup final for only the second time next month. The relatively small Harriers have done remarkably well considering the size of their rival clubs in ...

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Team spirit helps Nene Valley beat the drop

Nene Valley Harriers staved off relegation from Division One of the Southern Athletics League with a battling fourth place at the final match held at Portsmouth. The athletes tried impressively hard to compete with everything that Portsmouth, Southampton and Havering could throw at them, with team spirit shining through from the off. Decathlete David Bush swapped his spikes for throwing ...

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Nene Valley’s Huskisson hammers PB record

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers’ throws coaching team came up trumps again when Isaac Huskisson threw a personal best in the hammer at the invitational UK Athletics Jumps and Throws Festival in Birmingham to place fourth under-20. Huskisson, who has only just turned 17, threw a huge 50.93m with the 6kg hammer on July 20, proving all the hard ...

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From shot put in his garden to England vest in three months

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers’ teenage shot put sensation Robbie Shaw has been selected to compete in the prestigious UK Schools Championships in September. He will join more than 1,600 of the country’s top young sportsmen and women in Manchester, where he will hope to build on his meteoric rise in form which has taken him from nowhere to ...

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Dedicated Rob a Shaw thing for Nene Valley Harriers

English Schools’ under-17 shot put bronze medallist Rob Shaw proved his loyalty to his club when he turned out for Nene Valley Harriers to take another win at the latest Eastern Young Athletes’ League at Basildon. Shaw had been competing at the prestigious English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham earlier in the weekend, where he threw a personal best 15.06m ...

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Fighting third place for depleted Harriers

By Ruth Jones Rain delayed the start of the penultimate East Anglian League meeting at Ipswich – but the long wait before events didn’t deter Nene Valley Harrier athletes from fighting hard for a well-earned third place. Despite missing many Harriers due to other athletics championships running on the same weekend, they made their mark against rival clubs containing national ...

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Gr-eight Spalding Grammar School showing

Spalding Grammar School’s year eight athletics squad continued their successful season with another dominant performance at the South Lincolnshire School Athletics Championship at the Princess Royal Athletics Arena in Boston. The team won 12 of their 13 events and came second in the other – smashing four Championship records (CR) in the process. William Hughes completed the sprint double in ...

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Wonderful Woodhall wins for Spalding Tri duo

Two Spalding Triathlon Club athletes bossed their respective age groups at the Woodhall Spa Sprint Triathlon. Both Alistair Rudd and Mike Staines came first in their categories at the popular event, which always goes down well with Spalding members. For Staines it was a fond farewell, as the event marked his final race before retirement. Athletes completed a 400m swim ...

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Talented lads do Spalding Grammar proud

Spalding Grammar School produced an excellent performance at Saturday’s ESAA National Track and Field Final at Bedford International Athletics Stadium. The talented team of junior boys performed with distinction against the top athletic schools in the country to eventually finish eighth. The Grammar School excelled on the track, while there were also notable performances in the field by a number ...

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Stand-out showings boost Nene Valley

There were some heroic performances by many of the Nene Valley Harriers athletes who made the long trip down to Colchester for the third meeting of the Southern Athletics League. The most unselfish act of the day award went to Alice Dolan, who stepped up to the plate to take on the 100m hurdles (second in 20.3secs), the 400m hurdles ...

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Spalding’s Lucy riding High with national title

Former Spalding High School pupil Lucy Nell won a national title at the Triathlon England Standard Distance National Championships on Saturday. Nell secured the overall female trophy in the 25-29 years category at the event dubbed the ‘Dambuster Triathlon’ at Rutland Water, which also served as the RAF Triathlon Championships. Organised by Pacesetter Events, competitors took on a 1.5k swim, ...

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