Nene Valley Harriers
Here are Ken Maggs' reports from both the Northern and Southern Athletics Champs.

Northern & Southern Counties

A great medal tally for NVH athletes at the Northern Championships in Manchester over the weekend. There were five medals won with silvers for Kane Wright in the U20 men's 100m sprint, Lily Hughes in the U20 women's 100m, Rebecca Hall for the senior women's shot putt and Robbie Shaw in the under 20 men's shot putt. There was also a bronze for Maria Hollingsworth in the U20 women's 100m hurdles .

Kane Wright's 100m race was very closely fought in which first, second and third were all given a time of 10.77s and only the photo finish giving Kane the silver medal. Even more remarkably was the fact that Kane had also been given the same time (10.92s) as the bronze medallist in their heat, again only split by the photo. Kane has had a great season; having also won a silver in the Northern Athletics Indoor Championships earlier this year and being selected for the Loughborough International Athletics event in May for the British U20 team. In both events gained Kane personal best times and club records and with this performance looking to set him in good standing for the under 20 National Championships at the weekend.

Lily Hughes silver medal earned her a personal best and new club record for her race with a time of 11.97s at last dipping below the 12.0s markers having ran that three times recently. However ,she did feel there were areas that could clearly be improved upon in her performance and so looks forward to the opportunity to do so at the forthcoming English Schools Championship in July.
Becki Hall gained a season best in the senior women's shot put with her silver medal throw of 12.50m and one of her training partners, Robbie Shaw also recorded a season's best putt with 14.95m also winning him the silver medal another athlete hitting form coming into the under 20 championships.

Maria Hollingsworth was very pleased with her third place in 100m hurdles and again her time of 14.74s earned her a personal best and a new club record. Having moved to Manchester for university at the beginning of the year, Maria has needed time to settle into her demanding course but managed to set up some training sessions for herself around studies.

Max Butler also competed at the championship in the U20 men's 1500m and put in a spirited performance against a strong field to finish a creditable 6th place with 4:18.52.

In the south, the Southern Counties Championships took place over the weekend at Lea Valley and it was to many athletes relief that the warm up area was indoors with the wet day experienced on Saturday. Despite the rain, Ben Jones and Sean Reidy competed against each other in the men's 400m hurdles with Ben qualifying for the final with Ben qualifying for the final with his second place 54.74 and Sean just missing out in fourth with a 54.94s seasons best. Unfortunately trainee doctor Ben missed out on the final on Sunday and did not run.

Lloyd Kempson continued his fine form qualifying for the final of the men's 1,500m with a time of 4:03.30 but managed to achieve 9th in the final on Sunday with a slightly slower time of 4:04.71 in a closely fought contest.

Issac Huskisson was competing in the under 20 men's hammer and threw the ball and chain 49.68m to attain a sixth place finish. In the meantime, Joseph Turner was competing in the men's steep[le chase over 3,000m and finished 7th with a time of 10:10.68.

Well done to all competing in those regional championships and best of luck to those in the up and coming under 20 and under 23 championships at Bedford.

Ken Maggs