ATHLETICS: Relentless Harriers boss county championships

Jenna Mohan being presented with her javelin trophy by Beryl Clay

Jenna Mohan being presented with her javelin trophy by Beryl Clay

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Nene Valley Harriers athletes dominated proceedings at the Lincolnshire County Track and Field Championships held at Grantham.

Overall, they crowned nine county champions, produced seven championship best performances, broke one club record and won two of the honour trophies.

Harriers won 87 medals over the weekend – which equated to 77 per cent of the events they entered.

Jenna Mohan led the way as she won the under-17 javelin with a club record of 34.67m.

The stunning performance meant that she retained the Honour Trophy she won last year. Known as the Margaret Fitzgibbon Trophy,the award is given to the best female javelin thrower of the Championships in memory of Margaret who was tragically killed in a road accident.

Alex Hampson, who is currently injured, was awarded the Tommy Clay Trophy – awarded to the most outstanding all-round Lincolnshire born under 15 boy.

The award was made following Hampson’s performances at the England Athletics Championships, where he won bronze in the 1,500m, clocking a club record 4.09.51.

He then demonstrated the same aptitude in becoming the South of England Cross Country champion at Parliament Hill and sealed fifth place in the National Cross Country Championships at Sunderland.

Nathan Pickering produced two championship best performances. He clocked 13.0s to win the under-13 boys’ 100m and then 26.6s to win the 200m.

William Hughes also went under the championship best time in the 100m, with Pickering pipping him on the line.

The impressive Hughes, also second in the 200m, did win his own county titles with a PB long jump of 4.26m and a leap of 1.35m in the high jump.

Under-20 ace Emily Maltby produced a championship best 100m time of 12.4s (PB) and also took the county title triple jump title with 10.49m.

Will Baker managed a championship best performance in the under-15 boys’ 300m, winning with a PB time of 42.0s to edge Lucas Fidler (43.2s) into second.

Charles Hughes showed the same prowess as twin brother William by winning the under-13 boys’ discus with a championship best distance of 23.33m. He also won the javelin (29.47m, PB) and shot putt (8.52m, PB) and followedthat up with a bronze in the 100m (13.6s).

Also shining was James McCrae, who ran a superb 800m to claim the county title in a championship best performance of 1.59.8mins – which was the first under-17 county title won in under two minutes.

The under-15 boys’ long jump gave NVH a clean sweep of the medals. with Nathaniel Taylor (4.79m), Thomas Maker (4.37m) and Fidler (4.24) taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Meanwhile, David Bush, competing as a senior for the first time, attempted his own heptathlon – and succeeded in winning six county titles.

They came in the 110m hurdles (18.7s), 400m hurdles (59.4s, PB), 100m (11.8s), long jump (6.08m, PB), triple jump (11.44m, PB) and discus (31.94m). This was followed up with a silver in the shot (10.36m), which was only beaten by former team mate Robert Mohan.

Nene Valley’s Ken Maggs said: “There are too many champions, medal winners and personal best performances to mention.

“So I will just congratulate all who competed at the weekend for a great two days of effort.”