The club enjoyed a great turn out across a number events this week with members enjoying some excellent performances in the turning conditions.
Main event of the week was this year’s England cross country associations national relays, a favorite amongst the club’s runners and once again the Berry Hill Park, Mansfield event was supported in fine numbers.
In the ladies 3x3Km race, Harborough managed to field the maximum three teams with each runner putting in a strong showing over the challenging course. Team A consisting of Sarah Ward, Jill Postlethwaite & Jacquie Hanmer posted an accumulative time of 37:32.80 seeing them finish 53rd. Team B with Karen Brooks, Lucy Jenkinson and Gemma Streather came in 84th posting a time of 41:50.85. Team C with Lianne Brooks, Tracy Southwell and Christine Voelkerling stopping the clock at 45:21.80 taking 106th in a field of 128 teams.
In the Men’s race a slightly extended course of 5Km awaited the 4man relay teams. For Team a Nick Pollard got the quartet off to a strong start in his debut cross country season posting an impressive 18:23:75, reinforcing Leg a Martin Gore, Tom Ward and Adam Eales did enough to claim 89th in a time of 1:17:27:15. For Team B the balanced combination of cross country debutants and club stalwarts saw Will Clapp, Peter Attenborough, Ian Southwell and Graeme Rolfe combine for a time of 1:31:22.50 placing in 162nd.
Mid-week the club saw a high turnout for the start of this year’s Leicester city winter 5Km series at Victoria park with a string of excellent results and age grade finishes. First home for the club and his M70 category was Ray Lack, followed by Jules Chapman as 2nd F50, Andy Shrive 2nd M55, Carmel Perrin 2nd F40, Louise McAllister 3rd F45, Val Goode 1st F60, Leanne Shrive taking nearly 1min from her Saturday parkrun time, Yvonne Barber 3rd F60, Pam Hilliam 1st F65 and Patsy Wilson 5th F40.
On Sunday Steve, Amanda King, Tom Kershaw, Paul Russell and Adam Eales made the short trip to Rockingham motor speedway for the annual 5km/10km races. The route consisted either 1 or 2 laps of Europe’s fastest circuit and it proved to be as Steve along with Tom earnt some impressive personal best times. In the 5Km race Adam completed his weekend double header finishing 2nd place overall in 18:50 from a field of 104 runners with Paul claiming 18th place and 2nd M50 runner. Over the longer distance Tom Kershaw was first Harborough runner home in a new personal best time of 39:24 finishing in 9th place, Steve King next back clocking 44:35 taking over a minute off his previous best time and Amanda King with a resilient effort posting 56:37 for 5th in her age category.
Also over the weekend our continental representative Kyle Baber was in action at the Marathon des Alpes Maritimes, Nice competing in the 2x 21.1km relay race. Kyle as ever produced a stunning time of 1:13:52, the quickest leg over the second stage on the way to claiming 4th overall senior men team out of the 1128 teams competing.