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ATHLETICS: Bonus for Capes

Donovan Capes (1931719)
Donovan Capes (1931719)

Donovan Capes continued his superb start to the season with a personal best.

The 13-year-old shot putter – grandson of former Olympian Geoff Capes from Holbeach – broke the 12m mark.

He improved his best throw by a metre to 12.66m.

This shoots him up to number two in the country – leaving all of his first year rivals back in the rankings.

His dad Lewis said: “This is a great start to the season, especially when only being a first year in the under-15 category.

“He also surpassed the English Schools mandatory qualifying distance which is another bonus for the day and has come earlier than expected.”

Capes competed at Ware on Sunday for Nene Valley Harriers’ Eastern Young Athletes League.

Capes backed this up with maximum points in the B discus.

Nene Valley came away with category wins at under-15 level for both boys and girls plus third place overall.

William Kong pulled off a fine treble, winning the under-15 100m and 200m plus the long jump.

William West-Robinson clocked 2.32.2 to take first place in the B 800m.

The under-15 girls also enjoyed plenty of firsts with Alicija Gawronski claiming a 200m and 300m double, while Chelsie Bole comfortably won the 1500m in 5:11.1.

Katie Calcutt came first in the high jump and B long jump, Danielle Pussey threw 31.98m when winning the javelin and Millie Weller won the pole vault.

Nene Valley found points harder to come by in the other age groups.

But under-17 Matthew Coleman became the second triple winner of the day with firsts in the B 400m, 800m and the javelin.

Amber Park got maximum points in the under-17 800m and Katie Marsh won the under-13 70m hurdles.

Meanwhile, Nene Valley came through a tough test to pick up valuable points in the opening match of the British Athletics League Division Three campaign at Trafford on Saturday.

Several key athletes were unavailable for the long trip but the Harriers finished sixth out of eight teams.

The track proved a happy hunting ground for several members of a predominantly youthful team.

Will Hughes blew the opposition away in the 200m, winning comfortably in a time of 22.17.

Ronan Rawlings was beaten by a tenth of a second as runner-up over 100m.

Lloyd Kempson achieved a personal best over 3,000m with a time of 8:19.66 – five seconds behind English cross-country champion

Adam Hickey.

Sean Reidy recorded a comfortable win over the 400m hurdles, crossing the line in 55.60.

Away from the track, Sam Richards won the long jump with a best leap of 6.86m and Martin Tinkler threw 14.59m to take the shot put honours.

Nene Valley Harriers claimed the local bragging rights in both the men’s and ladies matches at St Ives in the first fixture of The Eastern Masters Athletics League.

The men won the fixture and were particularly strong in the 35 to 49 age group where Sean Reidy won the 400m with a 54.90 clocking. The 37-year-old also won the triple jump.

Julian Smith was an emphatic winner of the 100m and long distance runner James McDonald showed his versatility when winning the one-mile walk in a time of 9:10.12.

Simon Achurch scored maximum points for Nene Valley in both the shot and hammer.

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