Athletics

Capes-trained Hannah leads impressive Harriers show

The young athletes from Nene Valley Harriers enjoyed a great weekend at the England Athletics National Championships. Some nine athletes competed for the Harriers in Sheffield, which showcased events in the under-15, under-17 and under-20 categories. Over the weekend, the club had four athletes make the semi-finals, while three indoor club records were broken, an amazing four indoor personal bests ...

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Nene Valley Harriers’ Rosie roars to big new 800m best

Rosie Marshall smashed a Nene Valley Harriers club record as she shone at the Birmingham Games on Saturday. Teen ace Marshall ran well in her under-20 ladies’ 800m at the Barclaycard Arena (formerly known as the NIA) and smashed the club indoor record by six seconds. Her time of 2.30.83mins took second place after she led comfortably for the first ...

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ATHLETICS: McCrae’s swift 8km at Wollaton Park catches the eye

Hardy athletes from Nene Valley Harriers more accustomed to competing in freezing rain, wind and thick mud enjoyed far more favourable conditions when they took part in the regional cross country championships in Brighton and Nottingham last Saturday. James McCrae produced the performance of the day at the Midland Cross Country championships for the Harriers, when he stormed to an ...

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CROSS-COUNTRY: Nene Valley Harriers manager hails season as one of most successful

Nene Valley Harriers’ cross country team manager Russ Prosser hailed this season’s North Midlands League as one of the club’s most successful in years. The Harriers finished the 2014/15 season as league champions in the mixed U11 and U17 men’s tables, and saw the ever-improving Alex Hampson crowned U17 men’s individual champion at the final fixture at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. ...

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Nene Valley Harriers punch above their weight yet again

By Ruth Jones Twitter: @RunRuthRun Freezing, icy weather and frosty, hard terrain underfoot did nothing to deter scores of Nene Valley Harriers’ finest athletes from battling the conditions at the Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championships. The Harriers came away with one of the biggest medal hauls of all the teams competing at St Neots, with three individual winners and ten other ...

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Dominant Harriers take two county crowns at Lincoln

Nene Valley Harriers had plenty to shout about at the Lincolnshire County Championships on Saturday as the club landed two top team titles. Both the senior ladies and the under-17s men romped to top spot, while the Harriers also picked up a spree of medals at Riseholme in Lincoln. The course was very wet under foot, with the frost never ...

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ATHLETICS: Medals for Nene Valley Harriers duo

Nene Valley Harriers had two members in the South of England AA Combined Events Championships at Lee Valley, Emily Maltby winning silver and Devon Spencer bronze in the ladies’ event. Emily improved her personal best for the 60m hurdles with a club record time of 9.4secs, she cleared 1.41 in the high jump, threw 7.84m in the shot put and ...

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Party in the Park for Harriers after victory double

By Ruth Jones Hinchingbrooke Park in Huntingdon provided the setting for one of the Frostbite Cross Country League’s muddiest ever set of races on Sunday when Nene Valley Harriers prevailed over their rivals in both junior and senior events. The course was frozen hard the previous day, leading many club runners into a false sense of security regarding their footwear, ...

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Taylor shines at Nene Valley’s flagship meeting

By Ruth Jones Hundreds of hardy athletes who flocked to Peterborough for the Nene Valley Harriers 10 mile road race on Sunday were treated to four seasons of weather in one day. Every variety of weather, from sun to heavy rain and strong winds, kept the 363 runners guessing as to whether it would be snow or a heatwave that ...

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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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