ATHLETICS: Harrier Georgie bags brilliant bronze

Georgie Ivens.
Georgie Ivens.
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Nene Valley Harriers ace Georgie Ivens roared to a brilliant bronze medal at the South of England Championships in Watford.

Competing in the senior ladies’ 400m, Ivens finished second in her heat (three qualified) amid testing conditions to book her place in the final.

Her time of 57.23mins shocked her as she did not get going until 200m – and then relaxed when it became apparent she was in the qualifying places.

Having won bronze at the equivalent indoor event earlier in the year, Ivens was gunning for another medal in the final.

She ran a fast first 200m into a strong head wind to put herself into a very strong position when they came off the bend.

The impressive Ivens then sealed the bronze medal with a new club record time of 56.27mins, showing the true battling qualities necessary in the conditions.

The Harriers also had two other competitors in action at Watford.

Lloyd Kempson was in in the under-20 1,500m and finished the heat well to qualify for the final in 4.07.08mins.

Qualifying was a great achievement for Kempson, although he found the final 24 hours late a step too far as the pace of the race built up significantly just before the 800m mark.

He worked hard to get involved and finished very tired with a time of 5.24.94mins to place a respectable 11th.

Daz Holding, meanwhile, qualified for the 400m semi-final as a fastest loser with a time of 49.82secs.

Unfortunately, the Nene Valley runner felt an injury in the semi and eased off to finish eighth in a time of 50.94secs.