Two young Bourne area runners had a hugely successful weekend in their very different events.
Nene Valley Harriers’ teenage running sensation, Alex Hampson, dominated the intermediate boys’ race at the Anglian Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Abingdon Park, Northamptonshire.
The winning margin was 24 seconds by the time the Bourne-based athlete crossed the line in 20min 40sec, seizing the title for Lincolnshire in a fiercely-fought contest between runners from counties all over the region.
On Sunday, Nene Valley Harrier and Bourne Grammar pupil Jasmine Allen qualified for the National Athletics Indoor Championships with a 60m time of 8.51 seconds.
Allen broke an under-15 girl’s club record while attending the first regional championships of her athletics career at Sheffield.
Allen started the day with her 200m heat, running a personal best and club record 27.64 seconds.
She was unfortunate not to qualify as the two to qualify in her heat went on to get on the podium in the final.
Allen also jumped a personal best indoor performance of 4.55m in the long jump, missing a place in the final by just 1cm.
Her final event really was the pinnacle of a great day for the Langtoft athlete.
She powered to a personal best 8.51sec in the 60m, knocking half a second off the time she ran last year and gaining the England Athletics qualifying time.
In the semi-final she competed well, finishing sixth in a time of 8.61 seconds.
Back outdoors, distance runner Hampson has enjoyed a successful cross country season in his first year in the under-17 age group.
As well as taking a top three position in every one of the highly-competitive North Midlands League fixtures he contested, he finished a creditable 24th in the Southern Championships at Parliament Hill last month.
The 15-year-old Harrier plans to complete the season in style at the Nationals and Inter-Counties.
Hampson’s fellow Bourne Academy runners Kayleigh Adams and Amy Gibbons also took part in the Anglian Cross Country Championships, representing Lincolnshire as senior girls. They came in 34th and 36th respectively.
Hampson and Adams will now go on to represent Lincolnshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships on March 15 at Castle Donington.