ATHLETICS: Austin star of the day as Harriers are on fire

The gold medal-winning boys team of Cameron Marshall, Alex Hampson and James McCrae.
The gold medal-winning boys team of Cameron Marshall, Alex Hampson and James McCrae.

Wicksteed Park was the scene of some brilliant running by local athletes representing Nene Valley Harriers.

Star performer was the ever-improving Austin Herbert who with training partner Will Baker ran right away from the field over a good 4K course to come home first and second in the U15 boys’ race.

The U17 boys’ race over a 5K course saw good packing by the young Harriers with Alex Hampson once again leading his Bourne Wood training partners to gold in the team race.

Individually, Alex was second, James McCrae showed fine form to finish fourth, Cameron Marshall was sixth and Damian Rutterford 13th.

Ollie Smith was an excellent eighth in the U13 boys’ event while Paula Naylor moved through the field well to help the U13 girls secure silver in the team race, with Kelsi Ellis sixth, Amber Park fifth and Jo Fortune 13th.

In the U15 girls’ race, Emma Gibbs ran well in a high class field to come home 13th while elder sister Georgia mixed in with the senior ladies and vets over 5K, finishing fourth in the U17 ladies event.

nGeorgie Ivens, who is at University in Preston, attended the indoor open meeting at Manchester.

She started off by smashing her own personal best (PB) for the 60m with a time of 8.15, just outside the ladies’ club record.

She followed this up with a club record and PB 300m win in 40.69.

This time came after a massive kick at the halfway which suggests she could maintain that pace over the full 400m later in the season.