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Youngsters step up to seniors

Molly Peel (2166249)
Molly Peel (2166249)

The future of Nene Valley Harriers looks to be in very safe hands after several of the clubâ s youngsters stepped up to the senior team and helped them to second place in the Southern League Division One fixture at Reading on Sunday.

Molly Peel recently joined Nene Valley from Bourne Town Harriers and the 16-year -old made her mark at the weekend, winning the 1500m in a time of 4:58.6. Fellow teenager Jose Fortune was an easy winner in the B race, in 5:11.6.

Several teenagers competed in multiple events and sprinter Abraham Jones was the star turn, winning the 400m in 52.3 and the B 200m in 23.3. Jones also won the B 100m.

Callum Winchester-Wright finished second in the 100m and long jump, and Jasmine Allen competed in four events, taking second places in the B high jump and long jump. Kelsi Ellis won the triple jump.

Senior lady Emily Maltby achieved a hat-trick of second places, in the 100m hurdles, high jump and long jump, while Ellie May-Stokes won the javelin and B triple jump.

Teenage throwing prospect Eleanor Smith launched the javelin 30.36m to win the B contest, while Becki Hall and Lydia Church were clear winners of the A and B shot putt competitions with distances of 12.75 and 10.16m respectively.

Senior members Martin Tinkler and Simon Achurch dominated the menâ s throws, winning every event. Tinkler won the shot with a 14.83m putt, along with the discus and hammer. Achurch won the B competition in all three and the roles were reversed in the javelin, which Achurch won with a throw of 47.40m.

Veteran sprinter Claire Smith took the honours in the 400m hurdles, in a clocking of 75.1

Brian Corleys of Bushfield Joggers won the Deeping Rotary 10k on Sunday, battering Bretton chip shop owner Rob Brownlee into second place.

Corleys clocked a time of 35:42 on a blisteringly-hot Sunday morning to give him a winning margin of 15 seconds over Nene Valley Harrier Brownlee.

Stamford Strider Mark Popple finished third in 36:26 seeing off Jon Peet of Peterborough AC by just two seconds.

The soaring temperature took its toll on many of the athletes with only eight finishing inside the 40 minute mark. Jeff Lucas of Werrington Joggers clocked 38:09 for fifth place, ahead of Nene Valleyâ s Luke Myers who came home sixth in 39:03.

Nene Valley were the winning team with Yaxley second and Werrington third.

Maggie Skinner from Peterborough AC was an easy winner of the ladies race crossing the line in 40:03, three minutes up on runner up Kelly Crawford of Hunts AC.

Werrington Joggers won the ladies team prize.

Nene Valleyâ s James McCrae ran a new lifetime best in the Loughtborough University international meeting on Saturday.

The Birmingham University student is now placed in the top 20 under-23s in the national rankings.

Eye community runner Roy Young ran his first marathon in Liverpool on Sunday, at the age of 60.

Frustrated by continual failures to get into the London Marathon through the public ballot, Young decided to take control of the situation by attempting to run inside the Good for Age qualifying time of 3:45.00. It was a case of so near ,but so far for the Orton-based veteran, as he crossed the line an agonising nine seconds outside the qualifying mark in 3:45.09.

Runaholics Tracy McCartney and her husband Ian made the decision to enter an ultra marathon while enjoying the 2017 Christmas festivities.

They awoke the next morning horrified at what they had done, but agreed there was no turning back.

The pair of Bushfield Joggers toed the start line at Portland Bill in Dorset early on Saturday morning ready to tackle the 46-mile Jurassic Coast Ultra Marathon, which ended on the downs beyond Swanage.

The intrepid duo met with mixed fortunes and Tracy found herself on the podium after finishing as second lady on the beautifully scenic but horrendously hilly course. Surviving on rations of banana sandwiches, the former Snowdonia Marathon winner crossed the line in 8:55.23.

Sadly, Ian picked up an injury before the halfway mark, but battled on - gamely finally crossing the line as the sun set with a 11:29.24 clocking.


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