EAL, Bury St Edmunds

Nene Valley Harriers won their opening match of the East Anglian League on Sunday (May 4th), producing an array of top performances at the Bury St Edmunds athletics track. The Harriers won the U17 and U15 boys and the U15 girls’ competitions outright, claiming valuable points for the team and making a strong contribution to the overall result.

U15 athletes Kai Harrison and Charles Hughes produced the standout performances of the day, sweeping the board in the shot put, javelin and discus, as did Rob Shaw in the U17 equivalent events. Harrison recorded PB’s in the discus and javelin with throws of 27.78m and 28.30 respectively, and Hughes’ 10.72 shot put effort was also the best he’d ever thrown.

Hughes’ twin brother William continued the family’s success when winning the high jump competition with another PB of 1.58m, and Tierney Augustine also took the top honours in the shot put with 10.16, and the discus and hammer with PBs of 26.27 and 27.39 respectively.

U17 Alex Hampson posted yet another win, this time in the 800m with a 2:02.8 clocking, before going onto take the 400m B race in 55.2, a debut for the Bourne athlete in the one lap event.

More wins were recorded for U13 Olivia Thompson in the 70mH, U13 100m relay, U15 Alex Pullen in the 200m, U15 Casey Hilliam in the 800m in a superb 2:21.8, U17 Hermione Wright in the 80mH, Rosie Jacobs in the high jump, U13 Ryan Obromski in the B string 100m and 200m, U13 Ben Roberts in the 1500m, Will Wright in the U13 75mH, U15’s Will Hughes in the 200m and Tom Maker in the triple jump, U17 Bradley Spurdens in the 400m, U17 Oliver Bowling in the 1500m, U17 Andy Noble in the high jump, and U17 Dan Lornie in the javelin, where his throw of 40.85m was nearly double that of his closest competitors.

U23 athlete Darrellon Holding destroyed his competitors in his first outdoor 400m of the season, clocking an impressive 49.7, and was backed up by B string winner U17 James McCrae, who posted 53.5. U23 multi-eventer Dave Bush won his 800m race in a PB of 2:01.4 before going onto compete in the javelin, long jump and high jump as well!

The Harriers’ next match in this league will take them to Luton on June 8th.