CROSS COUNTRY: Alex and Charlotte lead impressive Harriers charge

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Nene Valley Harriers made a cracking start to their North Midlands Cross-Country League campaign as they secured two team wins and a pair of individual successes at the opening fixture at Markeaton Park, Derby.

The under 13 boys, led in by Zak Stevens in third place, picked up the first team triumph, taking the spoil by a point from host club Derby AC. Stevens enjoyed good support from Bradley Allan (9th) and Charlie Banford (18th).

The senior ladies landed the second team title thanks to a fine run by talented Spalding youngster Charlotte Taylor, who was second overall and first Under 20. Grace Mullins was also fourth overall and second Under 20, while Cat Foley was eighth.

The Under 15 boys’race provided the city club with their first individual success as Bourne ace Alex Hampson outsprinted Leicester’s Ben Dijkstra on the finishing straight. Michael Cawood (12th) and Ollie Bowling (16th) earned Harriers third.

Nene Valley Harriers results: U 13 Boys: 3rd Zak Stevens; 9th Bradley Allan; 18th Charlie Banford; 19th Ollie Oakley; 25th Harry Burchnell; 38th Scott Waumsley; 39th Reece Drew. Team 1st. U15 Boys: 1st Alex Hampson; 12th Michael Cawood; 16th Ollie Bowling; 18th Dan Corrigan; 19th Bradley Spurdens; 26th Will Baker; 28th Austin Herbert; 30th Damian Rutterford; 32nd Lucas Fidler; 33rd Jack Steward. Team 3rd. U17 Men: 7th Chris Allison; 8th James McCrae; 16th Billy Mugnier, 26th Nathan Tweed; 32nd Phil Wilson; 33rd Dan Stephenson. Team 3rd. Senior Men: 35th Josh Lunn; 46th Edgars Sumskis; 65th Aaron Shepherd; 68th Sean Beard (V45); 94th Ross Huskisson; 124th Dave Brown; 158th Callum Reid (U20); 170th Keith Brooks (V60). Team 6th. U13 Girls: 4th Emma Gibbs, 27th Jasmine Allen; 29th Megan Porter; 32nd Ellie Piccaver; 43th Lydia Church. Team 3rd. U15 Girls: 8th Georgia Gibbs; 19th Jasmine Oldfield; 24th Elishia Reid; 26th Alice Gibbons; 28th Phoebe Whattoff. Team 5th.U17 Women: 15th Kate Hutchinson; 16th Amy Gibbons; 17th Alice Doolan. Team 4th. Seniors Ladies: 2nd Charlotte Taylor (U20); 4th Grace Mullins (U20); 8th Cat Foley; 53rd Tracey Lazenb; 104th Charlotte Harris. Team 1st. U11 Mixed: 5th Elliott Bellamy; 16th Matt Church; 44th Katie Porter.