Lin It & Winning It!
Having, more recently, gravitated towards Race Walking, this past weekend saw one of Harborough AC's own reaffirm her status at the very top of the Veteran Cross Country ranks. Despite being a year farther into the FV55 category, Lin Farrow clinically dispelled any age-based stereotypes at the Midland Masters AC Championships 6km race - in Wolverhampton, as she battled to retain her crown of twelve months' previous. Over a heavy going course suffering from the recent downpours, Farrow's clocking of 32:36 gave her 20th spot in the overall field, and first in the FV55 bracket - representing an improvement of some three minutes over that of 2013. Recording a similar progression, Karen Brooks covered the course in 26:00, to bring her home in eleventh place overall - enough to give her second place in the FV50 ranks.
Clearly very proud of the duo, training partner, Rick Brown, acknowledged: "I'm really pleased for both Karen and Lin. The drastic strides forward that they have both made here simply prove testament to the hard work they've both put in over the tough winter months, and show a combative nature that belies their character away from running. They both are thoroughly deserving of their success!"
Over the 12km road route of the 'Not The Roman IX' - in Stratford - Yvonne Scarrott continued her fine vein of form. In a field of well over 650 runners, Scarrott pushed herself to a fabulous top-100 spot overall (her time of 51:08 affording her 92nd place), whilst also taking top billing in the FV45 category, and an attractive glass goblet, to-boot!
Elsewhere, on Sunday, six other Club Members took on the notoriously-testing Kibworth Six which, for 2014, marked the start of the Leicestershire Winter Road Running Series. Comprising some six events across the next three months, the Series is regarded as one of the most prominent in the region, and the contingent of Tom Ward (90th, 39:24), Adam Eales (106th, 40:19), Fiona Alexander (174th, 42:48), Ben Smith (251st, 45:57), Martin Hughes (258th, 46:15), and Yasmin Inglis (379th, 52:57) ensured able representation, amongst a field of nigh-on 500.
One day earlier, an ever-eager posse of youngsters eschewed the incredibly muddy conditions, to round-off the Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League campaign - at the town's very own Robert Smyth setting. Concluding the Series, 14 HAC Juniors opted for an extra day in school grounds – with Lottie Edwards, Sophie Domingo (both Junior Girls), Sam Edwards (Inter Boys), Martha Clapp (Inter Girls), and Bethany Ellis (Senior Girls) securing top-ten positions. Special note of congratulations goes to Ellis, however, who also scooped the overall Senior Girls’ title, across the five-race Competition.
Meanwhile, Saturday also saw a plethora of Harborough AC affiliates tackling a number of localised Parkruns. At the Northampton Racecourse circuit, Andy Meads debuted in the HAC maillot, helping himself to a wonderful second place - notching a new Personal Best clocking of 17:36 in the process. In Hanley, there was another second place - this time for Matt Driver (18:19), while the trio of Tom Ward (20:07), Dave Waddington (21:36), and Claire Eales (33:12) took third, fifth, and 73rd, respectively, at Corby's West Glebe Park. Matthew Taylor picked off 24th place in Leamington (20:33), and Maria Kilby's 26:55 gave her 173rd at Braunstone, in a field of over 300.