There were three indoor track meetings over the weekend. Here's Ken's report how our runners fared.
Please note, the first event covered I was not in attendance and thus limited comment on:
Under 17 lady, Hannah Molyneaux continues to go from strength to strength throwing the 3kg shot putt a club record and personal best distance of 14.44m at the Loughborough open meeting on Saturday. Hannah was already top of the current UK age group rankings but this throw has moved Hannah to seventh in the all time rankings.
Becky Hall was throwing the 4kg version and her distance of 11.85 which was below par for the senior lady athlete but still got her into third place on the day. Martin Tinkler recorded a seasons best throw of 14.34m in the senior men's 7.26kg shot to complete the trio of NVH athletes coached by Geoff Capes.
Alex Pullan, under 17 ran a personal best 60m in her second race recording a good time of 8.31s just one hundredth quicker than her first race. this event marked Alex's come back after injury and showing that she will be ready for the outdoor season.
In the London Games meeting at Lee Valley where Dina Asher-Smith ran a stadium 60m record, a number of the clubs sprinters were also in attendance. On day one, three athletes showed progress after enforced time out of the sport. Georgie Ivens continued her recovery from serious injury running 26.03s in the ladies 200m just a few hundredths off her indoor personal best. Sickness and that 200m left her tired for the following 400m where she still ran a reasonable time of 58.81.
Under 20, Rosie Marshall ran her first 400m since May last year and recorded an indoor personal best of 65.52 marking a step on her way back into the sport. She was in a quick race and had to tag onto the back of the pack as they broke, dragging her round to strong time. Max Butler, better known for his 800m running competed in the men's under 20 400m in a very tight race which was decided on the line with 4 of the 5 athletes finishing within half a second of each other. Max was fourth overall with an indoor personal best time of 52.69 setting him up well for the summer and strong finishes in the 800m.
Carl Titman was our only field event athlete at the event and his competiveness was well rewarded with a good leap of 4.10 in the senior men's pole vault. This was Carl's best performance in the event since 2007; although his coach, Roy Thickpenny did feel he should have cleared 4.30.
NVH were well represented in the under 20s 60m races with Lily Hughes running a slightly off her personal best with 7.78s and only a marginally slower second round 8.81s giving her sixth under 20 for the round. Lily came through well in the second half of the races which is encouraging for the outdoor season100 and 200m. Kane Wright also showed a consistent result with his season best performance of 7.01s in the first round followed by 7.03s in the second round - the fourth fastest under 20. Kane's strong starts have set him up well in these shorter sprints.
Callum Crosby was the clubs third under 20 competing in the 60m races. The event is slightly short for the taller Callum as he takes longer to get going at the starts. His first round run broke his personal best with 7.39s and then his attitude was tested in the second round after the race took three attempts to get going. After two disqualifications Callum came through after the first 30m to record a new personal best time of 7.35s.
Julian Smith a vet 45 athlete had his best season opener ever recording times of 7.74 and 7.69 whilst James Thomas ended up having to run in trainers recorded times of 7.79 and 7.56.
Anther good weekend for the club away from the mud and hills of the cross country team.