Eastern Young Athletes' League, Bedford

NVH young track and field stars made a tremendous start to the season, finishing 2nd behind host club Bedford in Sunday's Eastern Young Athletics League.

The under 17 girls and boys produced the best results of the day, although there were excellent performances across all age groups. Under 17 middle distance runner Megan Ellison produced a stand out performance, when winning the 800 metres in a time of 2:21.5, nearly 10 seconds ahead of her closest rival. The Harriers enjoyed several other individual successes in the girls under 17 events. Lydia Church won the B string Shot Putt, as well as finishing 2nd in the B string discus and the A string hammer. Casey Hilliam and Annie Cavanagh won their triple jump events, with distances of 9.16 and 8.59 metres respectively respectively.

The most eye catching under 17 boys performances came from Callum Crosby. Competing in the B string 100 metres, he ran a time of 11.6, which would have gained him the runner up spot in the A race. Crosby finished 2nd in the 200 metres in a fine time of 23.7. notably, the boys under 17's team achieved 21 top 3 finishes across the events.

In the boys under 15's Nene Valley dominated the throwing events with Kai Harrison winning both the Shot Putt and the discus, whilst Ethan Martin took 1st place in the javelin. Not to be outdone by the boys, under 15 throwing specialist Hannah Molyneaux won both the javelin and discuss by huge margins. Molyneaux, coached by Geoff capes, is an outstanding prospect and has continued to win competitions at will since her move from Bournemouth last year.

The other event winners for the Harriers were Dior Harrison, Danielle Pusey, Charlotte Martin, Elysia Costanzo, Macey Carr, laura Van Lier, Megan Pusey and Rosie Fresen, who equalled her pb of 2:70 in the pole vault. Oliver Oakley,Daniel Lawrence and Alistair Pitts also won theirevents.

As with previous seasons, the willingness of the Nene Valley youngsters to ensure that the club are represented in as many events as possible, is sure to play a key role in the club's pursuit of success in the Eastern Young Athletics League.

Barry Warne