The success of the Nene Valley Harriers production line was showcased in London on Saturday as graduates past and present made their mark on the English Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields.
Although now a member of the highly successful Cambridge and Coleridge AC long distance squad, Lloyd Kempson still represents Nene Valley on the track.
After a disappointing Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championships last month, Kempson more than made up for it on the testing 12k Hampstead Heath course – finishing 31st with a time of 41:50.
Chris Wright has recently left Nene Valley due to a move to London and gained his highest-ever placing in the nationals, coming home 67th in 42:46.
James McCrae also had an excellent run, finishing 80th in his first national championship as a senior with a 43:05 clocking.
Peterborough AC were out in force in the senior men’s race and Ben Heron led the team home with a 130th place finish and a time of 44:00.
Owen Wilkinson had a storming run at under-15 level, coming in 57th out of 504 finishers.
He received support with the city club finishing as 18th team out of 52.
Harvey Hancock was 163rd and Sam Oakley 203rd with Sam Garner completing the scorers in 22nd place.
The under-13 boys were led home by Harry Hewitt in 25th while under-13 girl Lottie Hemmings finished 17th. Her Nene Valley team took 34th place.
Katie Tasker had a fine run, finishing as 203rd under-15 girl.
Amber Park in 139th and Ellie Piccaver (154th) were separated by seconds in the ladies under-17 race.
Former Harrier Alex Hampson had a tremendous run in the junior men’s race, coming home 33rd in the colours of Cambridge and Coleridge.
Athletes from Nene Valley and Peterborough performed well in the senior ladies race.
Peterborough’s Chloe Finlay, in 157th position with a time of 34:48, and 166th-placed Sarah Caskey – eight seconds further back – led the local charge over the 8km course.
Grace Mullins in 216th was Nene Valley’s first finisher with a time of 36:02.
31 Lloyd Kempson Cambridge & Coleridge/NVH, 80 James McCrae NVH, 130 Ben Heron Peterborough, 277 James Whitehead Peterborough, 343 Shaun Walton Peterborough, 454 Nick Stone Peterborough, 585 Kirk Brawn Peterborough, 665 Jon Peite Peterborough, 738 Michael Chapman NVH, 795 Lee Harthill NVH, 1172 Luke Myers NVH, 1258 Harrison Miles NVH, 1280 Jay Belham NVH, 1293 Mark Wishart Eye, 1651 Andrew Robson NVH, 1707 Paul Parkin NVH, 1747 Martin Stevens Werrington, 1874 Duane Tomaselli NVH.
157 Chloe Finlay Peterborough, 166 Sarah Caskey Peterborough, 216 Grace Mullins NVH, 397 Sophie Wilkinson NVH, 457 Emma Randall NVH, 478 Verity Carrick Peterborough, 601 Laura Whitton Vegan Runners/Eye, 958 Yvonne Goodsell Eye.
202 Oliver Bowling NVH.
124 Hannah Randall NVH, 129 Imogen Woodward NVH.
139 Amber Park NVH, 154 Ellie Piccaver NVH, 194 Josephine Fortune NVH, 250 Kelsi Ellis NVH.
203 Katie Tasker NVH, 348 Olivia Mead NVH, 407 Alice Bailey NVH.
57 Owen Wilkinson NVH, 163 Harvey Hancock NVH, 203 Sam Oakley NVH, 220 Dylan Tomaselli NVH, 222 Sam Garner NVH, 472 Angus Bowling NVH, 499 Tom Middleton NVH.
174 Lottie Hemmings NVH, 219 Leonie Hart NVH, 234 Amelia Devine NVH, 261 Chelsie Bole NVH, 325 Josie Knight NVH, 440 Niamh Hodgson NVH, 442 Jasmine Heron Peterborough.
258 Harry Hewitt NVH, 267 Joe Garner NVH, 371 Oliver Beasley Peterborough, 529 Freddie House NVH.
Meanwhile, there were scintillating performances from a number of local youngsters in the England Athletics Indoor Championship at Sheffield over the weekend.
Nene Valley’s Freddie Fraser won gold in the under-15 60m hurdles, running a club record time of 8.47. He now sits at number one in the national rankings.
Peterborough’s Elizabeth Taylor also won gold, clocking 42.29 to take the under-15 300m title.
Will Kong of Nene Valley – who won bronze in the Eastern and Southern Championships – stepped it up a notch, taking the silver medal in the under-15 60m by clocking 7.43.
He was back on the track within 30 minutes of the 60m final, this time winning bronze over 300m in a new club record time of 38.13.
Several other Harriers were in action and Callum Winchester ran a time of 7.20 when finishing sixth in the
under-20 60m semi-final.
Joe Prince ran a personal best of 2:03 in his under-17 800m heat but failed to make further progress.
Megan Ellison went out in her under-20 800m heat and Jasmine Allen finished 16th in the under-20 long jump.