Alex moves clear in final km to take title
Alex Hampson won the Eye 5k and now leads the Peterborough Grand Prix standings after two rounds of the five-race series.
Despite a keen wind blowing across the Fenland course, some impressive times were set, and former Nene Valley man Hampson - now running for Cambridge and Coleridge AC - had enough left in his tank to move clear in the final kilometre to win in a time of 15:49.
Runner-up Dave Hudson of BRJ came in eight seconds later, while Shaun Walton of Peterborough AC finished third with a 16:09 clocking.
The lead trio broke clear early in the race and there was a big gap to fourth place which was taken by Peterborough AC veteran Simon Mead with a time of 16:55. Stamford Striders' Mark Popple finished fifth in 16:58, while Martin Gichuhi led the Bushfield challenge in sixth.
Nene Valley evergreen Sean Beard was the first Over-50 to finish, taking 16th position with a 17:53 clocking.
Peterborough AC’s Chloe Findlay had a fine run, winning the ladies race in a new PB of 18:16. Nene Valley youngster Molly Peel finished an excellent second, going round in 18:47 in what was her first outing over the distance.
Sabrina Crothall ran 19:08 for third place, with Peterborough pair Sarah Caskey and Hannah Chapman fourth and fifth.
Nene Valley athletes completely dominated the junior 3km race, taking the first eight places and also having two girls in the first three to finish.
Race winner Kai Chilvers in10:25 was well clear of Sam Garner and Harry Hewitt, who crossed the line in 10:40 and 10:47 respectively.
Chelsie Bole ran 11:36 to finish ahead of Harborough AC’s Elizabeth Clapp, whose time of 11:49 put her 10 seconds in front of third-placed Lottie Hemmings.
Dave Hudson bettered his second place in the Eye 5k when winning Sunday’s Abbey 10k at Ramsey by a huge margin.
On a scorching Sunday morning, the BRJ member blazed his way to a finishing time of 32:52.
Shaun Walton also improved on his placing at Eye by coming second in 34:37, but had well over a quarter of a mile to run when Hudson crossed the line. Mark Barry from Huntingdon AC took third place a further 30 seconds back.
Peterborough AC’s Phil Marin finished fifth on what proved to be a good day for the city club.
Chloe Findlay followed her win at Eye with another at Ramsey, completing the dust bowl of a course in 38:22. March AC veteran Toni Alcarez was second in 40:24, while Sarah Wightman of Cambridge and Coleridge was third in a time of 40:54.
Peterborough AC’s Hannah Chapman was the next finisher with a 41:14 clocking and Samantha Cullen of Eye was just a couple of steps behind.
Sebastian Darnell of Huntingdon AC won the 2.1km junior race, but Nene Valley youngsters were also to the fore with Dylan Tomaselli 3rd and William West-Robinson 5th. Caitlin Burke of Huntingdon AC won the girls race ahead of Nene Valley’s Olivia Mead.
Long-striding Latvian Edgars Sumskis set a new Southern League 2km steeplechase record at Bromley on Saturday.
The Latvian international completed five laps of the track in 5:47.06, finishing almost 200m clear.
Even for a division one fixture, standards were particularly high, but having won the league in two out of the last three seasons Nene Valley have become the team to beat.
Despite finishing fourth, there were some outstanding performances from athletes both young and not so young, as the Nene Valley conveyor belt continues to produce a steady flow of talented youngsters.
Teenage sprinter Ronan Rawlings took on a strong 200m field and won in a new PB of 22.13. The in-form youngster took the 100m runner-up spot in a season's best 10.89.
Emily Maltby was second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17:38 and Rosie Jacobs won the B race, just half a second slower than her team-mate.
Maltby was clearly Nene Valley's athlete of the meeting and won the long jump with a leap of 5.03m and the triple jump with a distance of 11.17m . The 23-year-old finished second in the B high jump and 3rd in the 100m.
Youngster Jasmine Allen won the B long jump ahead of Southampton AC athlete Jasmyn Allen. The Nene Valley athlete was also second in the B 100m
Martin Tinkler suffered a rare defeat in the shot, finishing second, despite a 14.42m throw. Simon Achurch took second place in the B event. However, normal service was resumed as the pair of champion throwers won the A and B discus, with Tinkler gaining a new PB of 43.81m. Achurch won the B javelin.
The ladies maintained their usual good form in the throws and Becki Hall won the shot with a 12.67m putt. Lydia Church won the B event with a new PB of 10.76m.
Veteran Andrea Jenkins threw a season's best 39.62m to win the discus. Becki Hall added to her points tally with second place in the B event.
There was also a pair of second places in the hammer, with Jenkins and Kelly Lawrence taking the honours.
With the Nene Valley team a little depleted for this meeting, team captain David Bush led by example, competing in six events and claimed runner-up position in the javelin and B long jump.
Emily Maltby and Rosie Jacobs also both took part in half-a-dozen events apiece.