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 from young and older athletes alike.

Archie Rainbow finished runner-up in the 800m at Bedford in a time of 1.56.62mins, while Sean Garmory clocked 51.14secs to finish second in the B 400m.

Sam Wilson won the B hammer with a 40.71m throw and Tomi Ogunyoye achieved a new long jump personal best (PB) of 5.85m.

Also impressing were Becki Hall and Lydia Church, who dominated the shot putt competition at Chelmsford by winning the A and B competitions.

Hall threw 12.00m, while the 11.75m throw from Church would have placed her second behind Hall in the A competition.

Meanwhile, Amber Park impressed with a 63.12secs clocking in the B 400m, while Poppy Tovey and Louise Alexander both set two new middle distance PBs.

The pair ran 5.41.54mins and 5.48.99mins respectively over 1,500m.

Emily Maltby had a particularly busy afternoon competing in the 100m, 100m hurdles long jump and 4x100m relay.

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