Hampson stars at cross country championships

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Alex Hampson showed he is not far off the pace nationally on Saturday when he ran for Lincolnshire in the prestigious Inter-Counties Championships.

Nene Valley Harrier’s cross-country stars made their way to an unseasonably warm Cofton Park in Birmingham on Saturday and the club’s successful season continued with some fine results against the cream of the British cross-country crop.

Bourne Town Harrier Molly Bennett EMN-151103-165413001

Bourne Town Harrier Molly Bennett EMN-151103-165413001

Pride of place went to Bourne’s Alex Hampson in the Under 17 boys race where he finished 29th in a high-quality field.

Hampson completed the 6k course in a time of 20:29.

This proved to be Nene Valley’s strongest race with Bradley Spurdens (161st), Jevan Robertson (172nd), Ollie Bowling (183rd), Austin Herbert (205th) and Michael Cawood (256th) all running well.

The Harriers leading lady, Cat Foley, wrapped up a hugely successful cross-country season by finishing 50th in the 8k senior ladies race.

Foley followed this up by winning a 5-mile road race in Derbyshire the next day.

In the senior men’s race, Lloyd Kempson was delighted with a run which saw him finishing 152nd, covering the 12k race in an impressive 39:28.

Nene Valley Harriers runners were representing either Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire, having qualified for this event at the county championship races in January, and the Under 20 men’s race featured outstanding runs from Jake Richardson and James McCrae, finishing 48th and 58th respectively.

The club’s junior girls all ran well, and in the Under 13 race Amber Park came home in 125th position, while Calypso Priestly battled her way to 216th. Megan Ellison capped her season in style finishing 102nd in the Under 15 race.

She was followed home by Josie Fortune in 253rd position, just 17 places ahead of Ellie Piccaver. Hermione Wright fought her way to 217 position in the Under 17 race.

Another notable double was achieved by the Ellison family with Ethan’s 95th place in the boys Under 13 race proving to be one of the highlights of the day. William Wright placed 246th in this race.

The Nene Valley contingent was completed by Nathan Davey, who finished 274th in the Under 17 race.

Two junior Bourne Town Harriers athletes represented Lincolnshire at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championship.

Cameron Everist was the first Harrier to run and finished in an impressive 135th place out of 274 athletes in the men’s U17 race.

Molly Bennett was the other competitor. She finished the 4k girl’s u15 race in an excellent time of 24:59.

Both athletes were selected for their county after impressive performances in the County Championships and other cross country events held throughout the winter season.