ATHLETICS: Hot Harriers in best finish

FLYING HIGH: Nene Valley Harriers continued their stunning summer with a home win in the Southern League. Emma Hornsby is pictured in the long jump at the Embankment track. Photo by ROWLAND HOBSON
FLYING HIGH: Nene Valley Harriers continued their stunning summer with a home win in the Southern League. Emma Hornsby is pictured in the long jump at the Embankment track. Photo by ROWLAND HOBSON
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Nene Valley Harriers’ sensational summer is showing no signs of relenting after an incredible performance in their home Southern League meet.

A week after the senior men attained a fabulous third-place finish in Division Three of the British League and the young-guns qualified for the Eastern Young Athletes League play-off final, the Harriers have more to shout about.

Nene Valley hosted the final Southern League Division One fixture of the season at the Embankment track – and won the match with a string of outstanding individual performances.

The victory was also good enough to earn them a best-ever placing of third in the final league table.

Team manager Ken Maggs said: “It was an absolutely great day for Nene Valley Harriers. We finished above some top opposition and won both the man-of-the-match awards thanks to Andrea Jenkins and Tomas Saunorious.

“But the club’s success is down just as much to those athletes who stepped up to the mark for the sake of the team - not just on Saturday, but throughout the season. Without their efforts, the achievements of the other highly competitive athletes would not be rewarded.”

Elisha Reid, Alice Dolan and Chloe Pavey were certainly three who fitted Maggs’ description. They all stepped in at the last minute to fill gaps created by late withdrawals – and they picked up 11 valuable points.

Jenkins won the lady-of- the-match award for her winning distance of 42.33m in the A discus and she also won the A hammer with 49.98m.

Both throws were distances that put her in the top five of the UK over-35 rankings. She was also second in the A shot and B javelin.

Saunorious won the men’s A javelin with a massive 62.24m, which also gave him the men’s man-of-the-match award – and he marginally out scored Jenkins for the overall award.

The impressive Saunorious was well-supported in the javelin, with Sam Lawrence winning the B class with a throw of 48.10m – the second best effort of the competition.

Lawrence also won the 100m B race and other double winners for the men were David Bush, Laurie Pirie and Ken Baker.

For the ladies, Kelly Lawrence supported Jenkins well in the throwing events. She won the B hammer and discus.

• Result: 1st Nene Valley 231pts; 2nd Colchester 206.5pts; 3rd Walton 151.5pts; 4th Enfield & Haringey 137.