Collection of medals from indoor events

WINNER: Lily Hughes continues to get quicker with a 7.75s victory  in the under-20 ladies 60m.
WINNER: Lily Hughes continues to get quicker with a 7.75s victory in the under-20 ladies 60m.
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Nene Valley Harriers showed strength in depth at cross country championships plus two indoor events for a very successful weekend.

At the same time as the cross country athletes were competing in the Schools County Championships at Ely and Burghley Park, plus the North Midlands League at Nottingham, a number of athletes also attended the North of England Indoor Championships at Sheffield and the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

Hannah Molyneaux added another gold medal to her collection.

Competing in Sheffield on Sunday, she threw a massive 14.38m to win the under-17 shot putt with a championship best performance, club record and personal best.

Molyneaux will be eligible to join the senior team in the Southern League in the summer.

Becki Hall also won a bronze medal in the senior ladies’ shot on Saturday.

Her putt of 12.32m, despite a sore Achilles tendon, was a good performance and only slightly shorter than the 12.66m she threw at Loughborough last weekend.

Nene Valley’s other gold medallist also broke her own personal best and the club record.

Kirton’s Lily Hughes continues to get quicker with a 7.75s win in the under-20 ladies’ 60m.

She won her heat (third fastest overall) and semi-final with times of 7.87s and 7.79 before running marginally quicker in the final.

Although she started slowly, Hughes took the lead within 30m and never looked back.

To complete the collection of medals for the club on Saturday, Rosie Fresen took the silver medal in the under-17 pole vault.

Only starting her third year of vaulting, she started the competition slowly having to adjust her run-up slightly as she failed the first couple of heights on her first attempts.

Fresen soon settled down and when she cleared the 3.10m mark by a large margin she really looked as if she was going to progress to new heights.

Again she cleared the 3.15m bar comfortably, equalling her own personal best and setting a new club indoor record.

Unfortunately she was unable to progress further as tiredness and nerves returned, which may have resulted from the lack of vaulting possible in recent weeks due to the weather.

James McCrae competed in the Midlands Counties Indoor Championships also run in Sheffield.

He took the gold medal in the under-20 men’s 800m in a time of 1.58.79 with a last-gasp dip on the line, taking the medal by just two one-
hundredths of a second.

Jasmine Allen produced a remarkable performance in her first competition as an under-17 athlete.

She had to go through the pool system to qualify for the final and did so by jumping a personal best indoors of 4.91m twice in the three attempts.

Allen went a step further in the final, having qualified in 12th place.

She jumped a new indoor best of 4.99 three times in the six attempts and also recorded 4.69 twice.

Allen had not been aware that she had qualified for the long jump final when she competed in her 60m heat and ran a personal best of 8.37, finishing the race and going straight across from the line to compete in the long jump final.

She had also been aware that she had managed to qualify for the 60m semi-final where she showed good strength of character to finish in 8.43s for 16th overall.

Sean Garmory arrived at the event with his Newcastle University team-mates having missed most of the Christmas holidays with a hamstring injury in his last session before the break.

Although not running as smoothly as normal, he smashed his indoor personal best for 400m – recording a heat time of 53.28 just marginally off his outdoor best.

Beth Denial was also out producing a personal indoor best over the 60m hurdles, recording a time of 10.24 in her under-20 ladies’ heat.

Shortly afterwards she also competed in the long jump with 4.95m giving her fifth place.

In the Southern event at Lee Valley, Georgie Ivens continued her comeback from a serious injury and finished fourth in the senior ladies’ 400m with a time of 57.2s.

The final had been just 40 minutes after her heat and she missed out on bronze by three or four strides.

Callum Crosby competed in his first under-20 men’s 60m and his time of 7.42s was a personal best.

Also competing in the under-20 ladies’ 200m was Tash Segal, who recorded an indoors personal best of 26.03 to finish fourth.