CROSS COUNTRY: Nene Valley pair romp to North Midland League titles

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Nene Valley Harriers are toasting two team titles in the North Midlands League after the under-15 boys and senior women finished in style.

The final round of the league was at RAF Cranwell – although a clash with the Lincolnshire Schools meet just down the road at Caythorpe saw the Harriers’ junior section hit very hard.

The under-15 boys had a 35-point cushion before the start and went about securing the win in fine style. Damian Rutterford led the team with a strong sixth, while Dan Corrigan (8th) and Ollie Bowling (10th) placed well too.

Jack Steward also had his best run of the series in 18th, which was enough for the boys to take the league title. Bowling finished second overall, ahead of Rutterford in third.

The senior ladies started in a strong position too. Cat Foley sprinted to a fine second place, with Ruth Jones not far behind in fifth and Nicky Morgan placing 18th – giving the ladies an unbeatable score.

To add to the overall team title, Foley finished as second individual.

Elsewhere, the under-13 boys finished third. They made a great attempt to catch leaders Charnwood, with Zak Stevens (6th), Ollie Oakley (10th) and Charlie Bamford (13th) all scoring superbly.

The under-15 girls also finished third overall. They were led in by Elisha Reid (13th) in her first run since illness. Hannah Randall wasn’t far behind in 14th, with Leigh Ann Rose 15th, Annie Grey 17th and Alison Church 20th.

In the senior men’s race, Josh Lunn had an excellent performance to finish seventh, while Michael Moore again produced with a 24th.

Sean Beard was 39th, while under-20 Ross Huskisson had his best run in 63rd. Rob Payne (64th), Callum Reid (71st) and Tim Hunt (118th) also placed well.

In the under-11s, Matt Church (18th) and Tom Friend (29th) did well in the boys’ race, while Hannah Ray was the 29th girl home.