Athletics

Halmer Harriers athletes out in force at popular Heckington event

A host of Halmer Harriers’ athletes took on the Heckington ten-mile race on Saturday. It was the first ten-mile event some of the athletes have attempted with the Spalding club, so it is now hoped they’ll be tackling the half-marathon distance before the year is out. Three Halmer Harriers, Rob Hammond, Steve Tucker and Di Morris, are taking on the ...

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Nene Valley Harriers impress on their UK Women’s Athletics League debut

Nene Valley Harriers secured a magnificent victory on their UK Women’s Athletics League debut at Bedford. Despite never having competed at this level before as a team, the Harriers were sensational in the Division Three fixture, writes BARRY WARNE. Team captain Devon Spencer led by example, winning the B triple jump with a distance of 9.94m. Spencer also collected valuable ...

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Young guns impress as Nene Valley Harriers secure second

The future of Nene Valley Harriers looks to be in very safe hands after several youngsters stepped up to the senior team and helped their club to second place in the Southern League Division One fixture at Reading. Molly Peel has recently joined Nene Valley from Bourne Town Harriers – and the 16-year-old made her mark at by winning the ...

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Fantastic Foster storms to big Eye 10k victory for Nene Valley

Despite the spectacle of a flypast by a Lancaster Bomber, Nene Valley Harrier Jordan Foster was the one to watch at the Eye 10k – winning the ladies’ race by over two and a half minutes with a time of 38.06mins. Foster has made huge strides this year, running lifetime bests over distances ranging from 5km to the marathon, and ...

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Depleted Harriers get season off to solid start

Nene Valley Harriers came through a tough test to pick up valuable points in the opening match of their 2018 British Athletics League Division Three campaign at Trafford writes BARRY WARNE. Several key athletes were unavailable for the long trip up north – but those who travelled battled hard for every point as the Harriers finished sixth out of eight ...

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Nene Valley Harriers make solid start to Southern Athletics League title defence

Nene Valley Harriers got their Southern Athletics League campaign off to a promising start at The Embankment on Saturday. As current league champions, and winners in two of the last three years, Nene Valley have become the team to beat. They finished second out of the four teams, losing out by just half a point to Bracknell AC, but there ...

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Nene Valley Harriers impress with huge win in ominous opener

Nene Valley Harriers made an excellent start to their East Anglia League campaign as they won their opening match by a mammoth 300 points, writes BARRY WARNE. The Harriers boasted four age group winners, with the under-13 girls, under-15 girls, under-15 boys and senior ladies seeing off all opponents. The senior men, under-17 men and under-17 girls were all runners-up ...

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Duncan and Toplis provide huge sponsorship boost for Halmer Harriers

Halmer Harriers Spalding Running Club have been given a big boost after securing sponsorship from Duncan and Toplis chartered accountants. This sponsorship money was used by the club to support and provide the new running leaders they needed for their hugely popular (and free) Couch to 5k programme. Indeed, some nights the Harriers have more than 60 runners in attendance. ...

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Plenty of positives for Nene Valley Harriers’ young guns at EYAL opener

Nene Valley Harriers’ youngsters secured a satisfying third place in the opening match of the Eastern Young Athletes League at Stevenage. A number of athletes have come into the season in top form – none more so than William Kong, who won the under-15 100m with a fine 11.8secs clocking. The multi-talented Kong also enjoyed victories in the 200m and ...

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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 ...

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The joy of six for Nene Valley’s Scott amid the snow at Folksworth 15

by Barry Warne Nene Valley Harrier Aaron Scott resembled Scott of The Antarctic when winning the Folksworth 15 for the sixth time. Snow was falling and it was becoming icy underfoot by the 11am start time, and after some deliberation the organisers decided the race could go ahead. Although conditions deteriorated it was a good decision, and provided the 500 ...

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Nene Valley knocked off top spot despite solid show

Nene Valley Harriers have been knocked off their perch at the top of the Frostbite League. The Harriers were the top local club, finishing fifth, but new League leaders Riverside Runners of St Neots recorded a comfortable win. Things could have been worse for the club that has a host of South Holland members, but on a day when the ...

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Talented Nene Valley Harriers young guns Fraser and Kong on-song at Lee Valley meeting

Two talented Nene Valley Harriers youngsters enjoyed great success in their first indoor outings of the year at Lee Valley. Having finished 2017 as number one in the country for his age in both the 60m and 80m hurdles, Freddie Fraser opened his 2018 campaign with 60m hurdles gold at the South of England under-15 and under-17 Championship. The young ...

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A dream Olympics place is the top target for Spalding star Charlotte Taylor

Spalding’s Charlotte Taylor is eyeing up a place in the Olympics after leading Team GB to gold at the European Cross Country Championships. Despite the 23-year-old Nene Valley Harrier not being at her best in the national trials at Liverpool, she vindicated her selection with a stellar sixth place at the Slovakia championships. The San Francisco University student carved her ...

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Another strong Nene Valley Harriers cross country showing at Heanor meet

Nene Valley Harriers are rapidly becoming the team to beat in The North Midlands Cross Country League after another fine showing in the penultimate fixture of the season at Heanor. The muddy Shipley Park course seemed to suit the Nene Valley ladies, and they remain in contention for end of season honours in all age groups – from under-13 upwards. ...

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Spalding’s Charlotte leads Team GB to gold at European Cross Country Championships

Spalding native Charlotte Taylor led Great Britain to the gold medal at the European Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The 24-year-old Nene Valley Harriers ace was the first senior ladies’ Team GB runner home on what was her debut in the competition, placing sixth in Slovakia. Team captain Emelia Gorecka (eighth), Steph Twell (ninth) and Gemma Steel (tenth) were hot ...

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Taylor’s European Cross Country Championship dreams suffer blow in Liverpool mud bath

Nene Valley Harriers ace Charlotte Taylor got bogged down in the Liverpool mud at the British Athletics Cross Challenge. Spalding native Taylor had travelled home from her San Francisco University base to be involved in the event, which also served as the European Cross Country Championship trials. The 23-year-old has been going from strength-to-strength since relocating to the USA, but ...

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Girl power inspires Nene Valley Harriers to strong cross country showing at Corby

Nene Valley Harriers’ under-17 girls showed their mettle with victory in the North Midlands Cross Country League meet at West Glebe in Corby, writes BARRY WARNE. The talented trio of Josie Fortune, Amber Park and Ellie Piccaver finished sixth, seventh and ninth respectively to register a comfortable win over their main league rivals Corby AC and Derby AC. With two ...

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Under-17 trio lead the way as Nene Valley impress in National Cross Country Relays

Nene Valley Harriers had a great day in the Mansfield mud as they excelled across the age groups in the National Cross Country Relays staged at their traditional Berry Park venue. Pride of place went to the under-17 girls, who exceeded expectations by finishing 22nd out of the 64 teams. Josephine Fortune ran the first leg of the 2.5km course ...

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Under-13 girls lead the way as Nene Valley Harriers get season off to a flier

Athletes from Nene Valley Harriers produced some sizzling performances at sunny Derby during the opening North Midlands Cross Country League meeting, writes Barry Warne. The under-13 girls got the new season off to a flying start on an unseasonably warm day, seeing off some quality opposition to finish top of the pile. Lottie Hemmings led the fledgling Harriers home, finishing ...

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