CROSS COUNTRY: Nene Valley quartet clinch county crowns

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A dominant run by Alex Hampson set the tone for an impressive Nene Valley Harriers showing at the county championships at Louth.

Nene Valley athletes won four individual gold medals and a silver at London Road, while the teams took two golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

And with seven athletes having already made the county teams, it was a good day for those who attended.

The performance of the day came from Bourne-based Hampson, who won the under-15 boys’ race by more than 30 seconds.

Cameron Marshall (fourth) and Bradley Spurdens (fifth) supported the result, as the team took gold against a strong Lincoln Wellington side.

The ‘B’ team also took third place medals, with Will Baker (sixth), Liam Payne (eighth) and Nathan Taylor (10th) just out-dipping Michael Cawood (11th) to make the team.

It was a brilliant return for Nene Valley, who showed great strength to get seven lads within the first 11 finishers.

The other county champiwere Lloyd Kempson in the under-20 men’s race, Grace Mullins in the under-20 ladies’ event and Philippa Taylor, who recovered from an early twisted ankle to come through the field.

That culminated with Taylor out-sprinting team-mate Cat Foley (2nd). They were supported by Ruth Jones (fifth) as the senior women took gold.

Meanwhile, the under-17 men won the silver team medal with James McCrae (fifth), Billy Munigier (sixth) and Nathan Denial (10th) placing well.

The same feat was achieved by the under-13 boys, with Bradley Allan (sixth), Keilin Spurdens (eighth) and Harry Burchnell (13th) scoring well.

The under-13 girls’ team, made up with two sprinters, took the bronze team medal with Alice Callcut (fifth), Jasmine Allen (eighth) and Emily Kilroy (14th) delivering the goods.