MANTHORPE runner Emma Hornsby finished sixth in the U15 Girls 60m hurdles at the National Indoor Championships held at the NIA in Birmingham on Sunday.
Emma, who is a pupil at Bourne Grammer School qualified for the final through tough heats when she ran a personal best and a new Nene Valley Harriers club record of 9.59 seconds.
Earlier in the year Emma finished fourth in the Northern Championships.
Kate Hampson of Nene Valley Harriers said: “Emma is a very talented athlete and these are high class competitions.”
On Sunday, Emma will compete in the National Indoor Combined Events Championships at the EIS in Sheffield in the U15 girls Pentathlon.
This will be Emma’s first attempt at a Pentathlon and she has been training seven days a week during the winter to improve her technical ability, strength and fitness.
A week earlier, Nene Valley Harriers were out in force at the National Cross Country Championships at Alton Towers where more than 3,000 runners faced a hilly, muddy course.
The best local performances came in the U13 boys with a team result of 17th from clubs all across the country.
Alex Hampson had an excellent performance. His 35th position was the highest NVH of the day.
Ollie Bowling showed he is a championship runner in 174th, with Ben Philby supporting well in 294th.
With her best race to date, Pheobe Whattoff finished a fine 216th in one of the most competitive races of the day, and Ellis O’Connell improved on his Southern Championship race with another strong run for 206th.
First year U17 Ben Hampson enjoyed the conditions with an excellent effort in 175th.
l FIVE Bourne Town Harriers raced the Nene Valley Ten on Sunday.
Richard Smithers continued his comback from injury in a time of 1h 13m26s just ahead of Phil Lngthorn in 1h 13m32s, from Peter Swallow 1h15m33s, with Nicky Asplin 1h37m41s and Stuart Bremner 1h40m29s completing the line up.
Bourne Town Harriers held their bi-monthly handicap training session on February 22 over a shorter than usual 3k route which seemed to suit the juniors more than the seniors. The top three places all went to juniors.
Claiming the shield for the next couple of months was Martin Clarke who improved his 3k time by 1 minute 56 seconds. Second was Joe Howells and third was last August’s winner Emily Stevens.