This past week the quartet of Jill Postlethwaite, Sarah Ward, Karen Brooks & Jacquie Hanmer all returned to Sutton Park for the Autumn Nationals relay event. Held over the same 4.33km course as its preceding midlands event, this time the competition was even fiercer with the addition of the highest ranked clubs from around England. This did not faze the ladies with each of them finishing within seconds their previous fast time except for Karen Brooks taking an impressive minute off her time. The Harborough team finished in 59th on the day in an accumulative time of 01:12:15.
In Peterborough the Stewart family were out in full force once again with Hannah & Adam representing in the Anna Hope 5km fun run, before father Ade along with Peter Attenborough & Michael Donnington took part in the main event, The Great Eastern Half Marathon. In the warm up event Hannah was first home for the siblings in 23:44 for 90th place, Adam followed just behind in 161st with 0:25:10, impressive results considering the field consisted of over 1200 participants. Over the 13.1mile distance Ade continued his Leicester Marathon training with a good run clocking 01:32:47 for 368th with Peter Attenborough hot on his heels in 382nd jut 21 seconds behind in 01:33:08, completing the trio was Michael Donington 02:00:40 taking over five and a half minutes off the time he set in the summer.
Elsewhere Lin Farrow took part in race 1 of the Midland Area Race Walking League -Winter series in Stourport, stopping the clock at 34mins39sec for the 5km distance Lin finished 14th place on the day.
Also over the weekend, club newcomer Garry Hodgkins made his bow in club colours at the Tamworth 10Km, despite not feeling it was not his best race, Garry finished 18th overall and 3rd in his VM40 age category with an official time of 41.07.
During Saturday night on the Coed y Brenin forest park trails, Andy and Carrie Holt were part of a mixed team racing at the Petzl night trails. A gruelling 2-mile loop which included a technical single-track climb rising 400ft over a mile followed by a fast zig zagging descent back to the event centre, the pair along with team mate Ben Smith finished 6th out of the field of 34.
Also over the weekend Tony Harrison made the down south for the popular Richmond Castle 10Km. The route sees the runners pass through the spectacular Richmond Falls on the River Swale before crossing the river at Green Bridge and climbing Sleegill, offering fine views of Richmond Castle before returning to Richmond and a great finish within the grounds of the Castle. Tony finished 70th in a time of 47:57 out of the 306 finishers.