Gold, Silver, Bronze... Carrots?
Harborough AC’s Sarah Ward stormed to 1,500 metres gold at the Leicestershire & Rutland Track & Field Championships in a fast 4:46.4, further lowering the club record in the process. In a weekend of high achievement for HAC at Leicester’s Saffron Lane stadium she was followed onto the top step of the podium by Beth Wallis (gold in the U17W high jump). Wallis also took to the track to scoop bronze in the 800 metres, with U17W club-mate Eilidh Maclean delivering silver over two laps and bronze at 1,500 metres. To complete an impressive set of middle distance medals Adam Barber secured silver in the U17M 1,500 metres.
Meanwhile away from the speed of the track twenty intrepid HAC runners took part in the Run Rabbit Trail Festival, which gave participants the opportunity to race repeatedly on trails near Marston Trussell. Christine Voelkerling was star of the show, racing 5 kilometres five times as well as a 10k and a half marathon. To top things off she qualified for the final one mile “Golden Carrot” race, finishing in 5th place. Stuart Beard was relieved not to qualify for the final mile race but justly proud of completing nearly seven hours of running across seven different races.
Nick Osborne and Christine Voelkerling were quickest Harborough man and woman over the 5ks, Ben Wooding and Sarah Goode over 10k, whilst over the half marathon course Bob Allsopp led home Voelkerling and Beard.
Commenting on the weekend’s activities club representative Will Clapp said: “Club members continue to compete with great success at both traditional and innovative athletics events. Our middle-distance county medal haul is remarkable and reflects the hard work of athletes and coaches in preparing for this prestigious and historic event. As for the trail runners, you just must take your hat off to anyone who’s prepared to race 5k again and again. And again a few more times…and then race 10k and a half marathon. For many of us that would be enough for a year, rather than 24 hours!”