Grand Prix II, Eye

Nene Valley Harriers swept the board at Wednesday's Eye 5k, and Lloyd Kempson has his sights firmly set on the Peterborough Grand Prix title, after a hard fought victory.

Kempson finished runner up to Alex Hampson in the first Grand Prix series race, and with Hampson absent for the second race,he took full advantage recording a time of 15.59, finishing just 1 second ahead of runner up John Pike of Newham and Essex Beagles. The two athletes ran step for step from the start gun. It was only in the twisty final 800 metres stretch of the race that Kempson was able to gain the slenderest of advantages.

Rhys Goddard has burst on to the regional running scene in spectacular style. The the 23 year old Nene Valley Harrier, began his racing career less than a year ago, and knocked a massive 24 seconds of his personal best (PB) finishing third in 16:04.

Considering its fenland setting the Eye course is surprisingly undulating, but this did not prevent the first three ladies from running quick times. Nene Valley's Grace Mullins was first home, in only her second race of the year. Mullins has recovered well from injury and was pleased with her winning time of 18:36. Second place went to Stamford Strider, Maggie Skinner who clockied 19:22, 15 year old Nene Valley Harrier, Megan Ellison was, just 14 seconds further back in 3rd place.

The youngsters 3k race was won by Ellison's younger brother Thomas who completed the course in 10:34, giving him a 3 second advantage over the runner-up, Daniel Ridley from St Neots based club Riverside Runners. Third place went to young harrier,Oliver Oakley. The girls race was dominated by Nene Valley, who gained a 1-2-3, courtesy of Amelia Monaghan whos time of 11:04 was good enough for 5th place overall, runner up, Amber Park, and third placed Josephine Fortune.

The 3rd Round races take place in Ferry Meadows on 8 July, commencing with the junior race at 7:00pm.

Barry Warne