New bests help Valley to secure second spot

Bourne's Beth Denial won the hurdles
Bourne's Beth Denial won the hurdles

TWENTY-SIX young Bourne athletes were part of a large U17 Nene Valley Harrier squad competing at Kirkby-in-Ashfield in the club’s first meeting in the National Young Athletes Premier Division on Sunday.

Nene finished an excellent second just behind Notts AC and despite windy conditions, Bourne’s athletes set several personal bests.

Beth Denial led the way with a fine win in the U13 high jump. Her 1.40m jump lifted her to seventh in the British rankings. Beth also set personal bests in the 70m hurdles with 13.3s and 4.20m in the long jump.

Alice Gibbons joined Beth in the 4x100m and collected good points in the shot and long jump. Megan Pusey also helped the relay team to third and Lydia Finch recorded an excellent second place in the shot.

Matt Hornsby had a busy day for the U13 Boys competing in the 75m hurdles, the long jump and the shot as well as a strong relay leg. Also in the relay was Ollie Bowling, who had earlier had taken second in the 1,500m with 5m24.5s.

Ben Philby was second scorer for NVH in the 1,500m, running well in his first track competition and Bradley Allan ran in his usual aggressive style to collect more points with second in the 800m with a time of 2.49.8.

In the U15 girls, three local girls produced outstanding results in the field events.

Emma Hornsby led the way with a National Grade 2 performance to win the 75m hurdles in 12.3s, long jump with 4.77m (for another six points) and a 1.30m high jump as well as running a relay leg.

Jenna Mohan also competed in three events with a National Grade 2 shot putt of 9.44m for first place and 19.26m discus and 22.36m javelin for second in both.

New member Sophie Luckett showed what an asset she is going to be, winning the discus with a fine throw of 20.67m and taking third in the shot. Amy Gibbons reduced her best 1,500m time to 5.27.6, an improvement of eight seconds in two outings.

Eight local athletes competed for NVH in the U15 boys category and Jonathan Woodcock, Ollie Dilloway, Matt Hudson and Ryan Fincham all showed that the hard work they have been putting in under the watchful eye of Roger Hudson on the Peterborough track has paid off.

Jonathan won the 80m hurdles in 14.9s and cleared 1.45m high jump for second.

Ollie ran the 100m and 200m while Ryan ran a storming last leg in the relay. Matt leapt to a personal best in the long jump and Callum Whiteside, in his first competition for the club, ran 15.5s in the 80m hurdles and cleared 3.75m in the long jump.

In the longer distance events, James McRae won the 800m in 2.21.8 and was second in the 400m. Alex Hampson defied the wind to reduce his best 1,500m time by three seconds to 4.46.9 and Billy Mugnier, running for the first time on a tartan track, finished third. James, Alex and Billy with the help of Deeping’s Reggie Reeves stormed round the 4x400m for a win in 4.21.7.

The club had no local U17 girls at the meeting but six U17 boys gave a good account of themselves.

Nathan Denial was multi-eventing with 19.4 for 100m hurdles, 69.7 for 400m hurdles and a discus distance of 17.18m. Chris Allison also three-evented with a 2.11.9 for the 800m, 57.00 for 400m and a javelin throw of 21.37m.

Ben Hampson stepped in for a 4.75m long jump, 60.1 for 400m and won the 800m in 2.10.1.

With the help of clubmate Callum Reid, the trio scorched home to win the 4x400m in a fast time of 3.50.6.

Not to be outdone, new member Ed Nation produced 25.2 for 200m, a 22m discus throw and a 6.60m shot. Josh Finch added to the points tally in the 100m and shot putt.

After enduring 7.5 laps in windy conditions, James Thomas finished third in the 3,000m with a very respectable 10.45.8.

All together, a points total of 554 got NVH of to a great start with three more NYA league competitions to come.

l Young athletes interested in joining Nene Valley Harriers should call Russ Prosser on 01733 210609.