Valley on the up

Alice Gibbons
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TWO dozen Bourne athletes represented Nene Valley Harriers in the third round of the National Young Athletic Championships at Peterborough.

The club’s victory over Charnwood and Mansfield was rewarded with 644 points to move up to third in the league after three matches.

Top points scorers were Beth Denial (U13) with wins in the long jump with 4.06, high jump 1.38, 70m hurdles 12.8 and the relay, and Jenna Mohan (U15) winning the javelin with 29.24, discus 20.91 and shot 9.20.

Other winners included Alice Gibbons in the U13 shot. She was also 4th in the long jump and Matt Hornsby in the long jump.

In the U15 competition, Emma Hornsby was 1st in the high jump and long jump and just missed out in the 75m hurdles, taking second. Callum Whiteside won the 80m hurdles and James McCrae won the 800m.

On her debut for the Harriers, Lottie Christie won the U17 Triple Jump and took silver in the pole vault, clearing 2.20 after only four coaching sessions.

Nathan Denial smashed two of his personal bests, winning the U17 400m hurdles in 65.4 taking second in the 100m hurdles with 16.4. He then went on to win the triple jump with 10.10.

Megan Pusey (75m hurdles, 150m), Ollie Bowling (1,500m and shot) Bradley Allan (800m, shot and 200m), Amy Gibbons (1,500m), Ollie Dilloway (200m, high jump and 100m), Ryan Fincham (200m), Matt Hudson (80m hurdles, long jump and 100m), Reggie Reeves (800m and 400m), Alex Hampson (1,500m), Jade Carvath-Smith (1,500m), Chris Allison (800m), Ben Hampson (800m, long jump and 400m), James Cliffe (400m), Josh Finch (200m and shot) all competed strongly with many podium finishes and strong relay legs for the team.