Off to a flying start
Harborough athletes have continued to race over the festive period. Monaco-based Kyle Barber impressed with a sub-35 minute 10k in U Giru de Natale, finishing 18th in a field of over 1,500. A week later and mother Yvonne was winning the club’s annual Christmas Handicap, run over a 4.2 kilometre course from the leisure centre. In the junior races James Owen was first back over the 1 kilometre distance, with Barnaby Smith finishing ahead of Rolph Eastwood and James Vickers in a close-fought race to the line in the 2 kilometre race.
Sean Fenwick earned himself extra turkey, finishing first in the Welland Park Christmas Day Park Run and setting an age-category record in the process, heading a group of sixteen Harborough AC members amongst the 124-strong field. As if that wasn’t enough Fenwick travelled to Corby on Boxing Day where he again prevailed in the Park Run, with Karen Brooks first female finisher.
The New Year got off to a good start with six athletes competing in the Northants County Cross Country Championships held at West Glebe Park, Corby, with top ten finishes for Noah Smith and Hal Eastwood (under-11 boys) and for Fiona Alexander (senior women). January sees a busy month of cross country racing, with the Leicestershire championships at Burbage Common followed by the final North Mids League races in Nottingham, the Leicestershire county schools championships and finally the Midlands Championships at Stafford.
Club chairman Will Clapp said: “We’re looking forward to an exciting 2016. As well as a packed programme of competition we’re also launching a “Couch to 5k” ten-week introductory programme for people who want to try running for the first time or perhaps return to it after a few years away. We think this will be a great way to help people who’ve resolved to get fit to stick at it. The programme starts on 18th January and people can see details on www.harboroughac.co.uk”