Athletics

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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Battling Harriers close on top six spot

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers’ youngsters battled hard to clinch second place overall at the recent Eastern Young Athletes’ League match at Allianz Park in Hendon. The result places them seventh in the league table after three matches, which is an agonising one place short of the qualifying position for the league’s cup final. However, with two more meetings ...

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Spalding Tri’s Aimee pushes through pain barrier

Spalding Triathlon Club’s Aimee Stocker is hopeful of securing qualification for the 2015 European Championships and the 2014 World Championships after a strong showing at the Rother Valley Sprint Triathlon. The qualification race consisted of 750m open water swim, 25.4k cycle ride and 5k run to finish. Spalding ace Stocker has been suffering with a long-term back injury, which is ...

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ATHLETICS: Nene Valley Harriers in strong position in East Anglian League

Nene Valley Harriers enjoyed a convincing win at their second East Anglian League match of the season when they fielded a strong team to beat their nearest competitors by over 100 points at Luton, writes Ruth Jones. It puts Harriers in a strong position going into the next fixture at Ipswich on July 6. Impressively, a large number of the ...

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ATHLETICS: Nene Valley Harriers run well in memory of Keith Brookes

Nene Valley Harrier athletes dominated the first race of this year’s Peterborough 5k series. Alex Hampson took second place, just four seconds behind Notts AC’s Aaron Scott in 15.54, followed closely by Lloyd Kempson in third in 16.12. Harriers’ Philippa Taylor was first lady in 18.54, producing a gritty display of determination to battle through the race despite carrying an ...

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Street king Lloyd wins BUPA Westminster Mile

Former Spalding Grammar School pupil Lloyd Kempson led from start to finish as he won one of the biggest races in the country. The 19-year-old roared to a stunning success at the BUPA Westminster Mile (A string race) in central London, seeing off thousands of rivals in the process. Running his first ever mile race, Nene Valley Harrier Kempson fought ...

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Road runner Pike chalks up another 10k victory

In-form Spalding athlete John Pike secured another win on the road as he stormed to victory at the Deepings Rotary 10k. Pike, who emerged victorious from the Eye 10k a week earlier, finished more than a minute ahead of his nearest competitor. Representing his club Newham and Essex Beagles, Pike clocked 34.39mins to ease Stamford Striders’ Simon Fell (35.40mins) into ...

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Perfect Pike catches the Eye with fine run

Spalding native John Pike saw off challenging weather conditions and a strong field to win the Eye 10k in imperious fashion. Sunshine, thunderous rain and strong winds made life tough for the sizeable field of 430 runners in an event that served as the second round of the Cambridgeshire Road Race League. Pike, who was representing Newham and Essex Beagles ...

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Harriers get off to a flier in league opener

Nene Valley Harriers won their opening match of the East Anglian League as they produced an array of top performances at the Bury St Edmunds athletics track. The Harriers won the under-17, under-15 boys and the under-15 girls competitions outright, claiming valuable points for the team and making a strong contribution to the overall result. Under-15 athletes Kai Harrison and ...

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Gongs galore for Nene Valley athletes

Athletes from Nene Valley Harriers claimed eight of the 12 trophies up for grabs at the 25th annual Langtoft 10k race. The 10k and 3k were both officially started by local coaching legend Russ Prosser, from Nene Valley, who ran a swift 33.11mins when he competed in the first ever Langtoft 10k in 1989. Bushfield Joggers’ Brian Corleys took the ...

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