Over the weekend seven Harborough members joined near nine thousand other runners that each year head to home of the British grand prix, Silverstone circuit for the popular half marathon event. Organised by the team behind London marathon serves as itís warm up event, it offers runners a great opportunity to register new PBís for the distance & with conditions ideal for some fast times, the strong Harborough line up didnít disappoint taking top prize in the team competition.
Once again leading Harborough home was the insurmountable Sean Fenwick, finishing 5th overall & 1st M45 in a staggering time of 01:14:45, followed closely by: Matt Driver also placing inside the top 10 in a personal best time of 01:15:45; Gareth Wood who continues his preparations for the London marathon, narrowly missing the top 10 in 12th place but in an impressive 01:16:16, Andy Meads making his debut over the distance with a time of 01:18:42; Tom Ward in 45th crossing the line in 01:21:40 & taking nearly 4 minutes of his time set 12 months ago; Peter Attenborough who was also making his debut over the 13.1 distance and hitting his pre-race target of 1:45 crossing the line in 1,262nd & completing the team was Michael Brown rightly pleased with a PB smashing time of 01:47:39 for 1,469th position. Overall on the day the average completion time for the event was 2:04:00, showing the hard work & training efforts of our runners deserved their received plaudits.
Also representing the club on Sunday were the quartet of Richard Bufton, Chris Loake, Ray Lack & Michael Donnington at round 3 of Leicesterís winter road running league. The undulating Markfield 10Km race saw the four continue their fine form and a close interclub battle with less than 30 seconds blanketing Chris, Ray & Michael. First home for the club was Richard placing 3rd in his M60 age category & 151st on the day, he was followed next by Chris in a gun time of 0:51:28, chased all the way by Ray, taking top spot in his M70 competition posting 0:51:52, narrowly beating out Michael by 1 second on gun time; the pair claiming for 367 & 368 positions respectively.
On Saturday Market Harborough parkrun celebrated its centenary event along with a record attendance & it was only fitting that one of our club members would lead the way, with Daniel Taylor first runner home. The celebratory mood didnít end there with Chris Burleigh registering a new PB for the course, Ian Southwell completing his 50 parkrun & Dave Waddington reached his own centenary hitting the 100 milestone for parkruns completed. At the Victoria park running Tony Harrison was also celebrating after setting a new PB, beating the time set 14 months ago at his twelfth attempt on the course.
- Adam Eales