National and Local Level Performances Reinforce Club Standing
Last weekend saw Harborough AC once again taking on the very best that the country has to offer – this time in the guise of the National Six Stage Relays, held at Sutton Park in Birmingham. Having celebrated qualification for the event for the first time in the Club’s history just a few weeks previously, the contingent that took to the trails of the park certainly acquitted themselves admirably, eventually placing 73rd overall, in a collective time of 2:04:25. First off for the team, in amongst the massed start, was Andy Robinson, who covered the 5.847km route in 19:13, and 61st place. Next up were Will Clapp (21:05), Adam Brooks (21:47), Matt Driver (21:51), Dan Worley (21:24), and with Sean Fenwick bringing the team home in 19:05. Up against the likes of Newham & Essex, Tipton and Aldershot & Farnham, such a performance was hugely satisfactory for the Club, and further underlines the burgeoning credentials on offer!
Elsewhere, and on a more localised level, eleven Club runners took part in the annual Cornerstone '5' race, held around the outer perimeter of Corby's East Carlton Park. Taking in the village of Middleton, along with several undulations and the sharp hill into the East Carlton village itself, the race was reintroduced three years ago after an elongated hiatus, and has subsequently proved to be a notable source of success for Harborough AC. This year's event certainly continued that trend; with a tremendous fourth place overall for Ady King (in a time of 30:01), while Shane Edge (32:55) and Karen Brooks (37:31) placed first in the MV50 and FV50 categories respectively, and Rick Brown (35:58) and Pete Leach (40:27) registered second place finishes in the MV55 and MV60 classes. Completing the Club contingent on the day were: Nick Johnston (32nd, in 38:29); Jackie King (42nd, 42:01); Ruth Bingham (45th, 42:51); Jo Johnston (48th, 43:34); Lin Farrow (49th, 44:14); Dave Oram (52nd, 46:07).
Meanwhile, at the Bupa Great South Run, Stephen Wood took to the seafront streets of Portsmouth alongside 14,890 others. In a race won by Kenyan international Jospeh Ebuya in a UK All-Comers record, Stephen himself recorded a highly commendable return, coming home in a time of 1:24:53, for 3,712th position.