With winter almost over, focus has now begun to turn towards Spring Half Marathon training; with the new Naseby 1645 race ideally situated within the racing calendar to help runners in their preparations.
The inaugural event, set across the rolling countryside of Leicestershire & Northamptonshire, takes in memorials and viewpoints from one of the Oliver Cromwell lead parliamentarian forces most significant first Civil War victories, all through the in the Naseby, Sibbertoft, Clipston parishes.
Nine Harborough AC runners were among the packed field, unable to turn down the opportunity to take part in this first edition with many more spread around the course spectating, cheering and marshaling. Matt Driver continued his impressive form taking 3rd overall on the day in a time of 1:42:21 with Peter Attenborough also having a fine run claiming 30th in 2:02:08. The next four runners home closely matched and separated by just 40 seconds across 5 places; it was Jacquie Hanmer that lead this group across the line earning 1st Female with a perfectly paced race, overcoming her closest rival in the last few miles. Jamie McAllister shadowed Jacquie home just 5 seconds behind in 41st, closely pursued by Ben Smith who took 42nd place who in turn just edged out Adrian Stewart in to 45th. Bob Allsopp had an impressive run crossing the finish in 68th with 2:11:44, before ever cheerful Christine Voelkerling claimed 104 with 2:19:59 ahead an inspired performance by Michael Brown in 154th stopping the clock at 2:30:00 exactly.