Mud, Glorious Mud
Ten senior men from the club made the trip to Wollaton Park for the annual National XC Championships, where storm Doris had made foot conditions a stern, muddy test for the runners in attendance. Resembling something out of a Hollywood battle scene, runners are gathered to form hundred strong lines awaiting the starters signal before a mass charge for early positioning advantage. Leading the way for the Harborough contingent was ever impressive captain Sean Fenwick in 255th position, with Andy Meads next home in 488th, followed by Gareth Wood 550th, Matt Driver 566th, Tom Ward 753rd, Will Clapp 1170th, Dan Perrin 1493rd, Graeme Rolfe 1550th, Peter Attenborough 1625th & Michael Donington in 1651st capping a fine turn out for the club, with the team finishing in 54th overall.
Bob Allsopp took on his own muddy challenge, completing the 26 mile option of the Belvoir challenge in a time of 4:42:39 taking 67th out of 339 finishers. The event a 26 or 15 mile route which is typically multi-terrain, muddy and undulating, follows public footpaths, byways, tracks and minor roads throughout the beautiful Vale of Belvoir before finishing at the Harby Village Hall.
Also over the weekend Stilton striders hosted round 2 of the Leicestershire road running league where four of our runners were representing. First club runner home was Richard Bufton in a time of 0:49:55 claiming 3rd in his M60 age category, followed by Neil Smith clocking 0:52:30, Chris Loake in 0:59:06 & Ray Lack just over the hour mark in 01:00:10 taking 1st M70 runner.
Despite events elsewhere the Harborough Parkrun was once again well attended with over 20 members taking part, whilst Tony Harrison was in attendance at Victoria Park edition in Leicester.
- Adam Eales