Following on from last year’s inaugural Round Harborough Relay, the club once again organised the popular inter club, multistage event with great success, as participants and volunteers alike heralded the day a big winner.
With the sun shining and temperatures soaring, near on 40 club members were in attendance topping up there runners vest tan lines, whilst navigating the approximate 20 mile circumference of Harborough over 6 stages. Teams were selected based upon most recent parkrun results and aimed at creating the closest finish possible, and as predicted resulted in blanket finish with the eventual winning team taking the lead for the first time deep into the final mile of stage 6.
Taking gold on the day was Team C consisting of: Louise McAllister, Sarah Ward, Andy Meads, Nick Turner-Henke, Graeme Rolfe & Ray Lack completing the event in a combined total time of 02:31:53. Individual leg winners were: Michael Brown, Adam Eales, Sean Fenwick, Adam Brooks, Martin Gore and Michael Donnington.
Whilst most found that there stage plus a warm up & warm down proved enough in the summer like conditions, Adrian Stewart was taking part in his 2nd Half marathon in a week at Belvoir, having completed the Solihull half just seven days prior. The event, traditionally held two weeks before London, passes through several of the local villages on its undulating rural route before returning to the start/finish at Hose village hall. Despite compromising conditions Adrian produced a fine display posting a time of 01:32:16 good enough for 58th position out of the 484 finishers & only marginally finishing outside of his time posted at Solihull
On the Parkrun scene this week, 20 members were in attendance for the Harborough edition with Natalie Ives & Martin Peel registering new PB’s whilst Jake Watson made his first outing at the event. Elsewhere club members enjoyed some parkrun tourism with Tony Harrison – Victoria Park, Carmel Perrin – Holkham, & Lianne Brooks at the Luton Wardown edition who knocked off an impressive 2 minutes from her time set a week prior.
- Adam Eales