RECORD BREAKER: Throwing ace Donovan Capes was in fantastic form once again for Nene Valley Harriers.

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 long jump.

Throwers Donovan Capes and George Harrison were also outstanding at under-15 level, with Capes predictably winning the shot, throwing a new personal best (PB) of 11.48m. He also came first in the B discus, while Harrison won the discus and hammer.

Lewis King crossed the line first in the B 100m and there were victories for middle distance men William West-Robinson in the B 800m and for Joe Garner in the B 1,500m.

Several girls started where they left off last season – and the under-15’s won their match. Alicija Gawronski came out on top in the 300m and the B 200m, while Katie Calcutt (75m hurdles and long jump) along with Millie Weller (pole vault and B 75m hurdles) also won gained victories.

Francesca Fenwick won the high jump and Danielle Pusey came first in the hammer. There were also wins for Florence Brill over 800m and Lottie Hemmings in the B 1,500m.

Evie Blow was first in the under-13 B 200m, and also runner-up over 100m.

Nora Brill, in the 800m, and Katie Marsh (long jump and 70m hurdles) were also winners on the day.

Meanwhile, shot-putter Elizabeth Moorhouse and Ella Robinson in the B 800m were victorious in the under-17 age group.

There was 800m success for the boys with Jack Haunch winning the under-13 800m in an impressive 2.36.68mins.

Nene Valley dominated the under-17 800m, with Archie Rainbow (2.06.2mins) and Joseph Prince (2.06.9mins) destroying the rest of the field. Charlie Brook came first in the B shot.

The team is under new management this term with Danielle Kempson and Adam Caress at the helm. The early season signs are highly encouraging.

  • Several Nene Valley athletes were in action on the road last week, with Philippa Taylor finishing as third lady and first over-50 in The City of Norwich Half Marathon.

Meanwhile, Darryl Coulter and Luke Myers were 29th and 30th respectively in the Boston Half Marathon.

Coulter clocked 88.38mins, while Myers came in 14 seconds later.

Laura Grimmer took 82nd spot with a time of 1.41.22hrs.

Elsewhere, Sean Beard ran his fastest 10km road race for three years, completing the Derby 10k in 61st place with a 37.18mins clocking.

Olly Slater finished 13th in the Cambourne 10k in a time of 38.48mins, while Simon Parkes clocked 41.21mins for 32nd place.

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