Junior Performances Show Club is ‘Back on the Track!’
Track & Field
Whilst much of the attention of the running fraternity was centred – rightly – around Boston 12 months on from the terrible bombings of 2013, the junior contingent of Harborough AC were announcing – en masse – the arrival of the UK outdoor track and field season. At the Thurston Drive track, Kettering AC hosted their inaugural open meeting of the 2014 campaign, and which saw nine Club juniors lacing up for the first time, competing over ten different disciplines.
Highlights on the day came from the duo of Jahiem Obazee and Hannah Smith – who both set new provisional Club Records over the U11 150m. Obazee’s clocking of 25.7s taking over two seconds off the previous mark, while Smith reduced the girls’ equivalent by 1.5s (registering 23.7s). Those marks were all the more impressive given that both contested three events a-piece on the day! Elsewhere, there was a very promising first ever javelin showing from Lois Vye, with Bethany Wallis also impressing in her first run over 800m. Also notable was Emma Vickers 600m run where, despite suffering a fall early-on in the race, she demonstrated her combativeness by tracing through to the line, in a display that proves no setback is sufficient to hold her back!
Club Committee member, Graham Hillier – taking a coaching role within the junior membership training – commented on how “it was a good day all-round, and everyone really did both themselves and the Club credit. With the fact that we are only just starting the season, there was so many encouraging displays, and a commitment that really bodes well.”
Easter Monday, meanwhile, saw three from the senior ranks taking part in the Stanwick 10km. In a field almost 400-strong, Ben Smith, Paul O’Brien, and Yasmin Inglis all secured top half finishes. Smith’s 46:50 gave him 94th spot, with O’Brien in 113th (with 48:19 on the watch), and Inglis in 175th (in 52:57).
On the Parkrun-front, a further baker’s dozen porting Club colours were earning their Easter treats; competing across five different events in the series. At Corby’s West Glebe Park setting, Tom Ward again broke the 19-minute mark, taking second place in 18:43. He was followed by Adam Eales (also garnering a top-ten berth, sixth in 19:44), Fiona Alexander (17th – and second female, in 21:23), Dave Waddington (20th), Ray Lack (56th), Marise Taylor (60th), Claire Eales (88th), and Dave Oram (100th).
In Northampton, Suzi Neal’s 22:14 saw her place 43rd overall, and third in the female ranks, while Matt Taylor once again reduced his Personal Best for the 5km-distance, recording 18:45 for fourth place in Leamington. Battling around 300 others, the father-daughter duo of Will and Martha Clapp journeyed to Lincoln. Will picked off 34th position, but Martha’s run of 21:19 had her in 57th overall, but notching an excellent third place in the women’s category. Finally, a time of 24:56 generated 146th for Maria Kilby, amid over 300 runners in Braunstone.