Nene Valley Harriers led a local medal charge at the Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships on Sunday last week, winning both individual and team golds.
Heavy rain which fell throughout the day had turned the Priory Park course at St Neots into an energy-sapping mudbath, conditions which suited the cross-country specialists among the contestants.
The Nene Valley Under 13 girls had a field day with Bourne Grammar School pupil Flo Brill taking the gold medal following a fine display of front running. Ella Robinson finished third just ahead of team-mate Katie Tasker in fourth place as the talented trio easily won the team gold.
Evergreen Nicky Morgan was another Nene Valley county champion, finishing as first lady vet 45 and a highly creditable 12th overall in the senior ladies race.
The Nene Valley veteran ladies took the team silver medals with Morgan receiving strong support from Louise Blake and Melanie Tindale.
Werrington Jogger Anthony Johnson was the first local home in the senior men’s race finishing fourth, and completing the quagmire-like 10k course in an impressive 36:38.
Peterborough AC’s Steve Robinson ran well for sixth position with James Mogridge of Yaxley 11th, just ahead of Nene Valley’s Lloyd Kempston (12th) and Werrington’s Paul Halford (13th), who was the first veteran to finish.
The Nene Valley pairing of Nathan Tweedie and Jevan Robertson were second and third Under 20s.
Sean Beard finished as second over 50 and his Nene Valley clubmate Ray Dowland was second over 65. They were 56th and 122nd respectively overall.
In the team stakes Nene Valley were third while Peterborough AC narrowly missed out on the medals finishing fourth.
Lottie Hemmings, daughter of Nene Valley stalwart Lance, was third in the girls Under 11 race and Amelia Devine of Yaxley finished fourth.
Nene Valley’s Under 15 girls were second thanks to top 10 finishes from Ellie Piccaver (4th), Jose Fortune (5th) and Amber Park (9th), and the Under 17s took third place with Olivia Ozkan leading them home in seventh.
The Nene Valley Under 13 boys took the bronze medals with Sam Oakley finishing sixth, three places ahead of Peterborough’s Harvey Hancock.
Mapesho Mukutoma was first local home for the Under 15 boys finishing ninth and Nene Valley’s Under 17 men finished third, though it was Daniel Mees of Peterborough AC who caught the eye with a fifth-placed finish.
With the top eight runners from each age group qualifying to run for Cambridgeshire at the Inter-Counties Championships held at Birmingham in March, there will certainly be plenty of local interest at the big event.