King(s) o’ the Road
Under a clear, sunny sky this past weekend, a dedicated trio of Harborough AC members took both pains and pain to traverse some of the principal routes of the nation’s capital; taking part in the 34th edition of the London Marathon.
Recognised as the most iconic 26,2-mile course on the planet, the 2014 race certainly did not disappoint – either at the elite level, or for those porting the yellow of HAC. And whilst a certain Mo Farah was fairly quick to pass off his as “a bad day at the office”, the same could definitely not be levelled at Ady and Jackie King, and Kevin Dinsdale – as all three registered lifetime best performances!
Of the three, it was Ady who crossed the finish line first, clocking an excellent time of 2:55:20, to reduce his previous best by around 30-seconds, and to also garner himself a fantastic top-1,000 placing, among some 36,000 runners. Approximately an hour later, Kevin Dinsdale took himself to a top-third finish; his timing chip stopping with 3:56:49 on the watch – representing an improvement of over 15 minutes on his best. Reducing her personal mark by more than seven minutes, Jackie King then passed under the resplendent, red finish line gantry as the timers ticked through to 4:08:46, setting a new FV50 Club Record in the process!
Reflecting on an emotional journey – both through months of training, as well as the day itself – Dinsdale was understandably pleased: “well, I’m not going to say that it was easy, but I certainly felt the benefits of all my training during the tough winter months. And then, when the going started to get tough during the race, I just kept thinking of all the support and positive messages from friends and family – and that saw me through to the finish, and in under the 4-hour mark! I’m delighted!”
Elsewhere over the weekend, a well-heeled dozen were engaged over several of the 5km routes of the Parkrun Series – with several Personal Bests also on show there. At Corby, Adam Eales took third spot, with 19:52. Also amongst the 81 finishers were Adam Stewart (26th, 25:39 - PB), Ray Lack (27th, 25:40 - PB), Marise Taylor (31st, 26:05 - PB), Hannah Stewart (45th, 28:51), Claire Eales (51st, 30:31), and Dave Oram (62nd, 34:31 - PB).
At Northampton, Tom Ward secured a top-ten finish (ninth, 18:35 – PB), with Ben Smith in 36th (21:50 - PB), and Suzi Neal in 53rd (fifth female, 22:37). Matthew Taylor notched 11th in Leamington (19:08) from over 300, while 25:44 gave Emily Taylor 186th place in Cambridge, from a field of nigh-on 400.