The Verdict? Guilty of Stealing all the Gold!
While ‘Eveleigh, James and Scarrott’ may certainly sound like a legal firm, it was a law of a different sort being firmly laid down by that trio as, following the success of the previous weekend’s Cross Country County Championships, the past weekend yielded further medals to adorn the Harborough AC trophy cabinet; at the conclusion of the four-race North Midlands XC Series.
To the backdrop of RAF Cranwell, Hannah, Nicola and Yvonne all certainly performed due duties, executing runs which saw them top their respective age-categories, being able to act as judge and jury over the others! Eveleigh was first FV35 (also first on the day), with James heading the FV40 group (fifth on the day), and Scarrott the FV45s (second on the day).
Elsewhere, there were also overall podium returns for Mollie Watson (third in the U13 Girls’, having finished ninth on the last day), and Karen Brooks (in the FV50s, second on the day).
Not to be outdone, XC Captain – Will Clapp – also donned a bronze medal (in the MV45 class), having finished in the same position in the Sleaford race. The combination of the three gold-medallists – ably supported by Jacquie Hanmer (third FV45), Lin Farrow (56th overall), and Marise Taylor (57th overall) – also guaranteed the overall female Veteran Team prize.
Outside of the medal-winners, the final event in the 2012-13 Series also had another fourteen HAC members taking part. In the U11 Mixed race, Lizzie Clapp placed 24th (ninth girl, over 2km), with Toby Fletcher (33rd), Eleanor Partridge (37th, 17th girl), and Will Dealy (38th) completing a combative quartet. Niamh Watson 13th and Lottie Edwards 22nd in the U13 Girls’ bracket (over 3km). Covering the same distance, but in the U15 version, Martha Clapp placed sixth. As the sole representative in the U17 Boys’ race (over 6km), Callum Burston proved he is becoming more accustomed to the mud, with a hard-fought ninth spot.
Over the longest course of the day – the Men’s 10km – Adam Brooks (79th), George Nolan (125th), Dave Ward (128th), and Pete Leach (135th) helped the overall Team to a top-five Series finish. While, in the Women’s 6km route, Lianne Brooks (43rd) and Sarah Ward 51st) added valuable points to those of their senior counterparts to return seventh place overall for the team.
A day later, at the third race of the Derby Runner League Cross Country, Ady King (32nd), Richard Bufton (117th), Nick Johnston (194th) and Jo Johnston (91st) maintained their 100 per cent records for that Series, with two races remaining, and the promise of more silverware still high on the agenda.
Reflecting on yet more success, Will Clapp took time to cast his own verdict on proceedings: “I’m not sure there are any more superlatives that I can use to be honest. For the size of our Club, we punch well above our weight, week-in, week-out. And we reap the rewards as a result. The commitment has been incredible once again, and I’m so full of pride at what’s been achieved.”
On the Parkrun circuit, meanwhile, brothers Matt and Daniel Taylor renewed their international battle, with the former placing third in the Leamington event (in a time of 19:55), and Daniel 23rd in the Brisbane South Bank interpretation. A little closer to home, and clearly just warming up for his XC endeavours later that day, George Nolan took 72nd in the Braunstone run, with Dave Waddington registering a sub-20 minute time (19:55) for 16th.