NENE Valley’s senior men were pipped to the post in the overall standings of the Lincs Cross-Country League at the final race of the series.
The team were overhauled by a strong Lincoln Wellington contingent by just six points in the fourth and final race, having held a slender lead going into the meet.
That was despite Spalding ace Nick Grimer comfortably racing to glory in cold, windy and damp underfoot conditions at Riseholme College in Lincoln.
Grimer’s exploits secured him the veteran men’s overall prize by a clear five points, while clubmate Olly Slater ended up second in the overall men’s standings after a handy sixth place.
Another in fine form was Lloyd Kempson. His 14th place finish earned him the overall title for Under 20 men.
Nicky Morgan was the pick of the ladies as her fourth-placed outing wrapped up second place in the overall veteran standings.
There was plenty for the locals to shout about in the Under 11 boys’ race too.
Aaron Hunt, of Bourne Town Harriers, came home second with Jonathan Friend, of Nene Valley, in third.
The two athletes finished in identical positions in the final overall standings.
Bourne’s Cameron Everist celebrated his best result in the series when taking second in the Under 13’ boys race.
Nene Valley’s Katie Hutchinson had already wrapped up the overall crown with a race to spare.
• Results: Senior men: 1st Nick Grimer (NVH) 35.35mins; 5th Olly Slater (NVH) 36.42mins; 14th Lloyd Kempson (NVH) 38.51mins. Under-11 boys: 2nd Aaron Hunt (Bourne) 5.40; 3rd Jonathan Friend (NVH) 5.45; 12th Toby Everist (Bourne) 6.47. Senior women: 4th Nicky Morgan (NVH) 22.27mins. Under 13 girls: 7th Paige Nealon (NVH) 14.13mins, 9th Emily Gent (NVH) 14.22, 10th Megan Porter (NVH) 14.25, 12th Leah Smith (NVH) 14.35.