Bourne runner Alex Hampson wins first senior race at Grand Prix
Bourne’s brightest running talent Alex Hampson recorded his first senior road race victory at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough last week.
The Nene Valley Harrier won the first race of the popular Peterborough 5K Grand Prix series, beating a record field of 338 finishers.
An early season highlight of the local track season has been the battles between 17-year-old Hampson and his 20-year-old team mate Lloyd Kempson. This rivalry brought out the best in both runners on a bright and breezy evening.
The Nene Valley youngsters dominated proceedings from the gun, and it was only in the final kilometre that Hampson pulled away crossing the line in a personal best time of 15.31. Kempson followed him home 15 seconds later.
It wasn’t all about the youngsters though, and the evergreen John Pike running for Newham and Essex Beagles was third over the line in 16.07, with Yaxley’s James Mogridge and Nene Valley’s Rhys Goddard not far behind in fourth and fifth places respectively.
The runner up in last year’s series, March AC’s Mellisa Neal was the first lady home in 18.48 with second place going to 15 year old Megan Ellison of Nene Valley, who recorded a time of 19.29. This gave Ellison a 22 second advantage over third placed Michelle Brett of Ramsey. The junior 3k race was won by Andrew Worrall of Bedford and county AC, but Nene Valley dominated, having 11 of the first 14 runners home. The club’s pair of Ethan Ellison and Olly Oakley battled it out for second and third places, and the girls race was a close run thing between another pair of Harriers, Amber Park and Flo Brill, with Park coming out on top by just 2 seconds.