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There are certain races on the events calendar that carry a sense of nostalgia for the club, with this yearís running of the Leicestershire County Cross country championship bringing back memories of Sean Fenwickís win some 25 years ago & more recently five years ago when Harboroughís masters men ran off with team gold, that day led by Sean, Will Clapp & Martin Gore.

This year saw one of the strongest teams the club could field take to Burbage Common, Hinckley & they didnít return empty handed with the returning masters Sean (7th), Martin (25th) & Will (39th) along with Gareth Wood (10th) secure the masters county xc bronze medal for Harborough after a re-count.

The masterís team were spurred on by the competition of our senior men runners who were taking part in the same race with Matt Driver (19th) & Andy Meads (25th) both hot on the heels of their counterparts & finishing with in two minutes of Seanís leading time.

Jacquie Hanmer was the sole club runner in the Womens 6Km race, finishing in a very respectable 13th position with a time of 32 minutes exactly in a field of over 35 runners.

Across the border on the same day Tom Ward was taking on Northamptonshire elite in their cross country championships. Tom was the only Harborough runner in attendance finishing 32nd position out of 84 finishers in a time of 39:28.

During the week Hannah Stewart travelled to Victoria Park for the 3rd round of the Leicester City 5k winter series where a fantastic race saw her finish as 1st junior (17th overall) out of 228 strong field.

Our continental representative Kyle Barber was also in fine form over the last week, with a top 50 place in Nice at the Prom Classic. Kyles time of 33:58 securing him 44th position on the day, where there were a total of 4231 finishers.

28 Club members took part in the Market Harborough parkrun Saturday, where Harvey Finch broke the 21 minute barrier to set a new personal best. At Victoria Park, Leicester Tony Harrison completed his 25th parkrun. Whilst over at Kettering Marise Taylor took nearly 30 seconds off her previous personal best for the event.

- Adam Eales.


11/01/2017

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