Youngsters show Harriers’ future is safe

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With Nene Valley Harriers’ senior team riding high in the national leagues, their youngsters showed that the club’s future is in safe hands with second place in the Eastern Young Athletes League match at Peterborough.

Up against two of the strongest clubs in the league, Havering and Stevenage, and with the Lincolnshire Track and Field Championship taking place on the same day, coach Russ Prosser was delighted with the response as runners-up to Stevenage.

Nene Valley recorded overall victories in both the boys and girls under-17 categories.

Alistair Pitts and Luke Fidler won maximum points between them in the triple and long jumps, Nathanial Taylor won the 800m while the 1500m time of 4:17:00 saw Oliver Bowling first over the line by the huge margin of 15 seconds.

Lydia Church won the under-17 girls hammer with 36.90 and Rosie Fresen earned Nene Valley maximum points in the pole vault.

Nene Valley gained maximum points in the 1500m across all the girls age groups.

Amber Park took the honours in the under-15 800m with Elysia Constanzo doing the same in the pole vault.

The under-13 boys finished second in their category.

Four of Harriers’ finest were in action at the Watford AC open track meeting.

Cat Foley ran a personal best of 10:06:08 in wet and windy conditions in the 3000m.

In the 1500m James McCrae came within one second of his PB in 4:00:98 while Alex Hampson came home in 4:07:59. As a 17-year-old, he is ranked just one place behind McCrae in the national under-20 standings.

Jake Richardson (18) crossed the line in 4:25:58 just five days after securing fifth place in the Langtoft 10k.