Spalding athlete John Pike impressed at Milton Keynes for the second week running on Sunday.
The former British international helped his club, Newham and Essex Beagles, to the bronze medals at the South of England 12-Stage Road Relay. Pike took over in 12th place on the fifth leg and moved the Beagles up one place when recording the seventh fastest time on the stage (25.19). They later rose to third to earn a medal for Pike, who finished fourth in the Milton Keynes Half-marathon a week earlier in 74.14. Meanwhile, Bourne Academy pupil Alex Hampson continued his fine form when again making the top 30 at the English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships. The Nene Valley Harrier finished 23rd in the inter boys race at Donington Park. The Lincolnshire Under 17 cross-country champion will open his season with a 1,500m at the Bedford Open meeting at Sandy on April 5. Another local youngster in action for the club was Oliver Bowling who finished 295th in his first year in the junior boys’ age group. Other Nene Valley athletes in action were Mark Rayment (64th in the junior boys’ race), Chris Allison (77th out of 314 in the senior boys’ event) and the trio of Jake Richardson, James McCrae and Billy Mugnier who were 100th, 170th and 273rd respectively. In the girls’ races, Casey Hilliam was 292nd in the junior race with Emma Gibbs, 300th, and Emma Harrop, 323rd.