ATHLETICS: Perfect start and finish by Harriers

PRIZE GUY: Spalding Academy student Lee Addison shows off his trophy for being awarded athlete of the year with Nene Valley Harriers.
PRIZE GUY: Spalding Academy student Lee Addison shows off his trophy for being awarded athlete of the year with Nene Valley Harriers.

Nene Valley Harriers pulled off an exciting victory in their Southern League Division One fixture at Bedford on Sunday.

Leading after the opening race – the 400m hurdles, in which Sean Reidy and captain Dave Bush gave them maximum points – the 2015 league champions maintained a narrow lead all afternoon.

Just as it looked to be coming under threat, Martin Tinkler and Simon Achurch picked up maximum points in the day’s final event – the discus – to secure a famous win.

Nene Valley pulled off plenty of wins but the highlight of the afternoon was 16-year-old Aaron Hunt’s second place in the 1,500m.

Hunt took the race to a pair of experienced runners from Bedford and County AC and, despite being passed in the final lap, Hunt held on to second in a time of 4:04.9, more than two seconds inside the English Schools Championships qualifying standard.

Youngsters are establishing themselves in the Nene Valley senior ranks thick and fast.

Under-23 Sean Gamory comfortably won the 400m with a 50.5 clocking, while Alex Hampson from the same age group was first in the 800m in a time of 1:58.2.

Bush picked up his second win of the day in the B 110m hurdles.

As is often the case Nene Valley dominated the men’s throws, with Tinkler winning the shot with a putt of 14.32m, along with the discus and B hammer.

Achurch won the B discus and hammer, while Ben Stephens threw 13.42 to win the B shot.

The ladies also put in a fine performance, picking up wins on the track.

Claire Smith was first in the B 200m while Georgie Ivens won the 400m in 59:00.

Teenager Megan Ellison tore the field apart as she won the 800m in 2:16.1 with another youngster Amber Park coming in as runner-up in the B race.

Emma Maltby and Rosie 
Jacobs earned maximum points in the 1,500m while track specialist Nicky Morgan won the B 5,000m.

Away from the track, Bethany Denial achieved a B long and triple jump double, while shot putters Becki Hall and Priscilla Dadzie earned maximum shot putt points.