NEW BEST: Matt Dowling clocked a PB at Lytham St Anne's.

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 of the four campaign fixtures completed, Nene Valley are sitting in second position behind Derby AC.

The senior men’s race was a triumph for Peterborough AC, as they won the team event with Nene Valley also faring well, finishing fourth out of 22 clubs.

The race was won quite brilliantly by leading local talent Aaron Scott, now running for Lincoln Wellington AC.

In an impressive display of front running, the Stamford based speedster galloped round the testing 10k course in a time of 30.10mins, giving him a victory margin of 20 seconds.

Peterborough AC were led home by Ben Heron who finished sixth in 31.39mins.

Five runners score in the senior men’s race, and Heron received excellent support from Steve Robinson in ninth place, and Shaun Walton, Phil Martin and James Whitehead who all made it into the top 20.

Peterborough AC are now placed second in the team standings.

Nene Valley were led by 24th-placed Michael Channing, with teenager Bradley Allen next home in 42nd position.

The Harriers had several key runners absent at the regional schools cross country, but the strength in depth at the club stood them in good stead.

The under-15 girls just missed out on emulating the under-17s, finishing a close second to Rushcliffe AC.

Flo Brill in fourth, sixth-placed Ella Robinson and Katie Tasker, who finished 11th, were the scorers for Nene Valley.

Evie Hemmings in 16th led the Nene Valley under-11s challenge with the team placing sixth, four positions ahead of Peterborough AC.

Sarah Caskey, of Peterborough AC, finished 16th to the senior ladies’ race, three positions clear of Nene Valley’s Emma Randle.

The Harriers were the sixth team, while Peterborough AC finished 16th.

Meanwhile, Nene Valley’s under-13 boys were runners up to Derby AC, with Kai Chilvers running to a fine third place.

Chilvers was ably supported by Jacob Bush in ninth, along with 13th and 14th placed Alex Roberts and Joseph Rendell.

Peterborough AC claimed eighth position, and were led home by 16th-placed Oliver Beasley

Aaron Hunt came in seventh for Nene Valley in the under-17 race, and Callum Dalliday’s tenth place assisted by Archie Rainbow in 16th helped the club finish as the third team.

The Nene Valley under-15s finished as the sixth team with Harvey Hancock in 17th position.

The under-11s were also the ninth club, and were led home by 36th-placed Noah Fell.

p Talented Nene Valley Harriers teenager Matthew Dowling finished 12th in The Lytham St Anne’s Windmill 10k.
Dowling, who is now 16. recorded a personal best (PB) of 39.11mins in a race which – extraordinarily – was won by Manchester- based 60-year-old Paul Muller, who clocked 36.02mins.

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