Athletics

Nene Valley Harriers veterans go on a Birmingham medal spree

By Barry Warne Nene Valley Harriers’ veteran athletes carried out a smash and grab close to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter last weekend. The scene of the raid was the British Masters Athletics Federation Championship at the Alexandria Stadium – and the Smith family were amongst the prolific plunderers. Clare Smith picked up the over-40 200m and 400m gold medals with clockings ...

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Fraser and Church impress for Nene Valley Harriers at Bedford event

By Barry Warne Athletes from Nene Valley Harriers were in fine form at the England Athletics under-15 and under-17 Track and Field Championship at Bedford. One of the highlights saw Freddie Fraser storm to gold over the 80m hurdles with a sizzling time of 10.91secs. Lydia Church went one better, winning two golds in the disability championship. Church, throwing into ...

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Halmer Harriers ace Andrea runs 8km event…while on holiday!

Two members of Spalding’s Halmer Harriers took on tough tests over the weekend. Despite being on holiday, the dedicated Andrea Cooke opted to compete in the Blanes Night Race in Spain. Cooke completed the hilly 8km course and finished in a very respectable time of 53.48mins. Team-mate Teresa Walton was also in action at the Kimbolton half-marathon. She managed to ...

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Wonderful Werrington win for Nene Valley Harriers star Sumskis

Nene Valley’s Edgars Sumskis won the Werrington 5k event as he edged out series champion Jake Richardson. Lincoln Wellington AC’s Richardson has won three of the five races in the series, but was well beaten by Sumskis who was making his debut over the distance on the road this season. The lead runners were well spread out with Sumskis speeding ...

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Francesca stars as Nene Valley’s teen talents impress in Eastern Young Athletes League

Nene Valley Harriers’ under-15 girls pulled off a fine victory in their Eastern Young Athletes League fixture at the Embankment Track – and the under-15 boys almost emulated them when finishing as runners-up. Francesca Fenwick pulled off a fine hat-trick of wins for the-under 15’s. She clocked 12.1secs to cross the line first in the 75m hurdles and added to ...

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Nene Valley Harriers book place in Eastern Masters Track and Field League final

Nene Valley Harriers’ older athletes can look forward to a Sunday outing to Milton Keynes after both the men and ladies qualified for the September finals of The Eastern Masters Track and Field League. Both teams finished as runners-up to King’s Lynn based Ryston Runners in the meeting at Corby. This also meant the Harriers came in second overall to ...

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Solid third place seals a historic UK Women’s Athletic League promotion for Nene Valley Harriers

A new chapter in the Nene Valley Harriers story was written when the club won promotion from the UK Women’s Athletic League Division Three in their first season of national level competition. Having led the league going into the season’s finale at Lee Valley the Harriers had a fighting chance of winning the division. But a solid third place on ...

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Super silver for Nene Valley thrower Lydia at England Athletics Para Championships

Teenage Nene Valley Harriers ace Lydia Church picked up the shot putt silver medal in the England Athletics Para Championships held at Sports City Manchester. The 18 year-old, who is the grand-daughter of Harriers founder member Ray Church, threw a distance of 10.39m and was only beaten by an Olympic medallist. Church competes in the F12 category for visually impaired ...

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Halmer Harriers athletes push themselves to the limit at Grim Reaper

A host of Halmer Harriers took on the daunting Grim Reaper 40 ultra marathon event on Friday. Held amid blistering conditions at Grimsthorpe, all of the Harriers did well just to finish the event – but they certainly weren’t there to just make up the numbers. Sarah-Jane McDonald (who was also representing Three Counties Running Club) and Di Morris were ...

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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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