Southern 6/4 Stage Relay Champs (& Cransley Hospice half)

Nene Valley's men's road racing team qualified for the finals of the National 6 Stage Road Relay, after a spirited performance in the Southern Road Relay, held at Aldershot on Sunday.

The Harriers finished 27th out of nearly 100 teams on the day, and will compete in the nationals at Sutton Coldfield on 3 October. this is the first Nene Valley team to qualify for the finals in ten years.

Lloyd Kempson and Alex Hampson got the club off to a flying start, completing the hilly 6k course in times of 19.28 and 19.31 respectively. Drew Warnes ran the 3rd leg in 21.07, handing the baton over to Sam Hunt who finished in a time just 12 seconds slower than Warnes.

The city club rallied strongly, with Andrew Jakeman moving his team up the field with a 20.15 clocking in the 5th leg. Chris Wright clinched Nene Valley's national final slot running the anchor leg in 19.56. Nene Valley also fielded a 'B' team, and although finishing well down the field. teebager Jake Richardson ran an impressive 20:20 in the second leg, and must surely be in contention for a slot in the finals team.

A Nene Valley trio of Ruth Jones, Barry Warne and Yvonne Scarrott finished 22nd, 23rd and 24th in the Cransley Hospice Half Marathon on Sunday. Jones and Scarrott were prize winners in their age categories. as was Eve Casbard of Bushfield Joggers who finished just ahead of the Nene Valley athletes.

Fifty year old Jim Morris finished 5th overall and first in the over 50 age group in a time of 84.18, 5 minutes down on his seasons best. The hilly nature of the Northamptonshire course meant that many runners found themselves several minutes down on their expected finishing times.

Barry Warne