Athletics

Hot shot Capes is national champion

Nene Valley’s Donovan Capes won Shot gold at the English Schools Track and Field Championship held in Birmingham at the weekend, writes Barry Warne. Capes, a member of the great shot put dynasty begun by his grandfather Geoff, was too hot for his rivals, winning the junior boys shot put with a throw of 14.94, well clear of the rest. ...

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Halmer Harriers duo shine at respective events to give July a strong start

Halmer Harriers kicked off their July competition with two of their ladies putting in strong showings. Louise Southgate completed a super sprint duathlon in 45.43mins for the Spalding-based club, while Natasha Ladbrook took on the Ferry Meadows 10k event and finished in a time of 1.04.08hrs.

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Spalding-based Nene Valley Harrier Parkin finally wins a national medal after 40-year wait

By Barry Warne It’s taken him nearly 40 years, but Nene Valley Harriers’ distance runner Paul Parkin has finally won a national medal. The 55-year old has been competing locally since the 1980s, first for Holbeach AC and then Nene Valley. He has a 68-minute half marathon to his name and finished second in the Great Eastern Run in 1992. ...

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Nene Valley Harriers’ ladies on track for final after crucial embankment win

By Barry Warne Nene Valley Harriers’ ladies increased their chances of joining the clubs making the Eastern Masters track and field league finals with an exciting win in last Monday’s fixture at the embankment track. Though still trailing Royston Runners and Corby AC in the overall standings, Nene Valley are well-placed to qualify as a high scoring third placed team. ...

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Strong shows from South Holland contingent at latest Boston and District Athletics Club meet

South Holland athletes impressed for Boston and District Athletics Club at the sixth round of the Tommy Clay Track and Field Development Competitions on Friday evening. The athletes had to contend with a strong head wind along the finishing straight and contested a range of track and field events for all age groups from under-9 up to seniors. Seven local ...

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Nene Valley Harrier Hampson starts Grand Prix title bid with Eye victory

By Barry Warne Alex Hampson launched his bid to regain the Peterborough 5km Grand Prix title with a confident display of front running at Eye last Wednesday. The rangy Nene Valley Harrier, who was champion in 2015, flew into the lead from the gun and maintained his advantage throughout the race, winning in a time of 15.51mins. Helpston Harrier John ...

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Donovan delivers a huge throw to top UK rankings and inspire Nene Valley to victory

By Barry Warne Nene Valley Harriers delivered an emphatic win in their East Anglia League fixture at King’s Lynn last Sunday. The senior teams were cobbled together, with a number of club coaches making up the numbers in the sprint relays and several youngsters were making their club debuts. South Holland star Donovan Capes was on stellar form, setting a ...

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Awesome youngster Lawson sets new record to keep the Capes legend going

Talented Nene Valley Harriers youngster Lawson Capes is carrying on in his very famous family footsteps after breaking an impressive record. Capes, who is the grandson of South Holland and Great Britain shot putt legend Geoff Capes, has created athletics history by becoming the first ten-year-old shot putter to ever throw over ten metres. He achieved the incredible feat with ...

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Tough time at Bedford for Nene Valley Harriers at British Athletics League meet

Nene Valley Harriers were mixing with the elite of British athletics last weekend. The men made the short journey to Bedford for their British Athletics League Division Three fixture, while the ladies were in Chelmsford competing in a UK Women’s League Division Two match. Both teams finished seventh out of eight clubs – but there were plenty of encouraging performances ...

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Nene Valley Harriers girls impress as record turnout flocks to Ferry Meadows

A record 453 runners took to the starting line at Ferry Meadows last Wednesday for the first race of the 2019 Peterborough Grand Prix series. The top turnout produced an exciting race and Peterborough AC’s Shaun Walton came out on top, running a new personal best (PB) to win in a time of 15.45mins. A confident Walton led from the ...

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Triple triumph for Reidy as Nene Valley Harriers master Corby meet

Nene Valley Harriers’ senior athletes were in fantastic form last Wednesday as their men enjoyed a runaway win in their Eastern Masters League match at Corby. Leading the charge was the versatile Sean Reidy, who won all three of his events. He clocked 16.7secs in the 100m hurdles and jumped 5.49m during his long jump victory. Reidy’s third first place ...

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Nene Valley Harriers’ ladies lead a top team showing in Eastern Young Athletes League

Nene Valley Harriers’ ladies’ under-17 squad dominated the Eastern Young Athletes League fixture at Ware last Sunday – winning more than half of the 27 individual events. One of the stars of the show was Elizabeth Moorhouse, who moved up to fourth in the national under-17 shot rankings after a winning throw of 13.12m as well as finishing first in ...

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Martin sets the pace for Halmer Harriers at Woodhall Spa 10k event

The Halmer Harriers were out in force at the Woodhall Spa 10k event on Sunday. The quickest runners for the Spalding-based club were Martin Wallis (44.40mins), Colin Crump (47.54mins) and Jordan Wallis (48.16mins), while Louise Southgate (51.44mins) was the quickest of the women to complete the course. Halmer Harriers times at Woodhall Spa 10k: Martin Wallis 44.40mins; Colin Crump 47.54mins; ...

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Halmer Harrier Diane sees off the gruelling Brathay 10 in 10

The amazing Diane Morris has completed the daunting Brathay 10 in 10 event. Morris, who is a member of Spalding-based Halmer Harriers, ran the Windermere Marathon course every day for ten consecutive days. Incredibly, her fastest two times came in the final two marathons around England’s largest lake, with the clockings of 4.46hrs and 4.48hrs on days nine and ten ...

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Dominant display as Nene Valley’s men take top spot at Eastern Masters opener

Nene Valley Harriers’ men were completely dominant in the first fixture of the Eastern Masters Track and Field League at St Ives. Last years’ silver medallists at the end of season finals were complimented by their ladies’ team, who also performed well to finish second. The ladies also made the finals last season, just missing out on third place, and ...

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Marathon quintet lead list of impressive runs from Spalding’s Halmer Harriers

Athletes from Halmer Harriers have been putting their body on the line at multiple events in recent weeks. Runs don’t come tougher than the London Marathon, with the Spalding club having five runners in action there. Among them were Lisa Gill, who ran her eighth London Marathon to raise money for Age UK, and Carly Wilkinson completed her first to ...

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Busy Halmer Harriers set new personal best times at multiple events

Spalding-based Halmer Harriers have been very busy over the last two weekends, with athletes competing in nine different events. Results (personal best = PB) Manchester Marathon – Katy Hopkins 5.25.25hrs (PB); Di Lettice – 5.33.09hrs (PB); Tim Baxter 5.46.14hrs (PB); Katie Baxter 6.15.46hrs (PB); Mark Goodale 4.27.38hrs (PB); Lisa Gill – 4.27.38 (PB); Steve Tucker 5.53.24hrs; Ade Mills 4.05.39hrs (PB); ...

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Harriers and Molly impress in season finale

Nene Valley Harriers concluded their cross country season at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds as 16 of the club’s most talented youngsters laced up their spikes for the English Schools Cross Country Championship. Molly Peel capped what has been a fine season by finishing 34th and first Lincolnshire scorer in the Intermediate Girls race, while Cambridgeshire cross country champion Flo ...

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Strong showings from Nene Valley Harriers at National Cross Country Championship

Some 30 Nene Valley Harriers travelled to Yorkshire to compete in the National Cross Country Championship at Harewood House. Many of the youngsters impressed and Molly Peel built on her fine run in the South of England Cross Country Championship, finishing 49th in the under-17 girls’ race covering the 5km course in 20.00. Under-15 Flo Brill came in 51st, completing ...

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Fine Anglian Schools runs from Nene Valley Harriers athletes

Nene Valley Harriers’ athletes made a massive contribution to the success of the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire teams in the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships. With Suffolk, Norfolk and Northamptonshire also competing at Abingdon Park (Northampton), the Cambridgeshire team won an unprecedented five out of the eight age groups, while Lincolnshire came out on top in the intermediate girls’ race. Molly ...

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