Unseasonably hot weather brought the best out of Nene Valley Harrier athletes competing at the Lincolnshire Track County Championships at Grantham on Saturday with many crowned county champions.
One of the highlights of the day was U17 Bourne athlete Alex Hampson beating all of the U20 men in his 1500m race and recording a new PB of 4:01.6 to secure selection for the prestigious English Schools Championships.
That time was a championship best and a new U17 club record, smashing former club mate Chris Wright’s 4:04.3 from 2008.
Stamford runner Megan Ellison, of Nene Valley Harriers, won the Under 15 Girls 1500m to become County Champion.
In what was the race of the day at a very busy meeting she crossed the line in 5:05.0 minutes neck and neck for the whole race was 2nd place Lucy Thornton, of Lincoln Wellington A.C, who also crossed the line in 5:05.0. Only the line judges could call it, giving the race to Stamford High School pupil Ellison.
Both girls will be hoping to represent Lincolnshire in the coming Inter County Champs.
Bourne U15 Jasmine Allen impressed yet again when she won both the 100m and 200m by large margins
U17 Bradley Spurdens also won his 400m race by the skin of his teeth, recording exactly the same time as the second placed athlete, 52.3, while Lucas Fidler was victorious in the triple jump with a fine 10.03m effort.
Shot put ace Rob Shaw will have to wait until the second half of these championships next month to follow up his English Schools qualifying throw of 13.60m at a recent Eastern Young Athletes’ League, but he still impressed here when winning both the discus and hammer throw.
Another athlete to secure an English Schools qualifying mark was U20 multi-eventer Emma Hornsby, whose long jump mark of 5.51m virtually assured her place at the championships. She was also a convincing winner in the 200m in 27.3.
U20 James McCrae ran well to win the 800m in a swift 1:59.1 having just run the 400m race, and Jake Richardson annihilated his opposition in the 5000m with a huge 27s PB of 16:33.2.