ATHLETES from Nene Valley Harriers wasted little time setting personal bests (PB) at the first indoor meeting of the season.
Competing at an event at EIS Sheffield, indoor debutant Ollie Dilloway ran a very creditable 8.06secs PB in the 60m, with Matt Hudson (8.26secs) also setting a new best.
Harriers were also pleased to see sprinter Georgie Ivens back from the injury she suffered in the English Schools at the start of July. In her first race for almost five months she ran 8.50secs (60m), which was her target time.
Kia McMurray, who was moving up an age group, was facing senior athletes for the first time. The 14-year-old ran 9.26secs, which was just short of her PB.
Away from the sprints, seasoned athlete David Bush beat all in his age group with a 11.79m put that was just 2cm short of his PB.
In the triple jump, Matt Hudson – who enjoyed his first indoor event – jumped a personal best 10.12m to make the perfect start to his indoor schedule.
The last event of the day was the unusual 150m event. David Bush was unlucky to be drawn on the inside lane, but still ran a solid race for a time of 17.97ssecs.
Dilloway and Ivens competed against each other at the same distance, but again were drawn on the inside two lanes.
Despite that, they clocked 19.43secs and 20.08secs respectively.
Also competing was McMurray, who ran 22.66secs.
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The under-13 boys race brought a team win on the day and a comfortable individual success for Niam Payne, who looks like a very good prospect for the club. He was well supported in the team event by Bradley Allan (2nd) and Lucas Fidler (4th).
Meanwhile, the U/13 girls team of Rosie Friesen (7th), Megan Porter (12th) and Nikkita Robinson (16th) took third place on the day.
Katie Hutchinson was marginally beaten into second place in the U/15 girls race, but that result will now be suffiucient to give her the individual league title for the season after two wins in the first two meetings.
The team also won, with Amy Gibbons (6th) and Phoebe Whatoff (7th) helping to see off Lincoln Wellington.
Cat Foley (3rd), Nicky Morgan (6th) and sprinter Michelle Tweed (10th) guided the ladies’ team to a creditable second place, giving them a good chance of finishing at least second overall in the league.
Steph Beavis (17th) also played an important role in the team’s overall position.
The field in the men’s race was the largest of the season so far, especially for the Nene Valley who had 14 competing.
New member Matthew Green (4th) finished well, but due to the timing of England Athletics clearance he was unable to score for the team.
The ‘A’ team of Nick Grimer (6th), Adam Birch (9th) and Ollie Slator (10th) still took second behind a strong Lincoln Wellington team.
Nene Valley’s men must really tie with or better Wellington’s result at the final meeting at Riseholm on Sunday to win the league. They are currently two points ahead.
The men’s ‘B’ team of Paul Lunn (15th), Tom Rodgers (16th) and Josh Lunn (17th) also finished third on the day.
If they can beat Lincoln and District by 19 points at Riseholme they will also win a podium award.