On Sunday the organizers of Rutland Waters popular autumn marathon hosted its inaugural spring half marathon event, with their 500 plus strong field bolstered by the four yellow Harborough vests of Dan Perrin, Louise McAllister, Leanne Shrive & Andy Shrive.
Starting and finishing on the northern bank at Barnsdale Wood, the runners take a picturesque out and back route including a looping around the undulating peninsula. First home for the club in 77th was Dan Perrin stopping the clock at 01:46:50. Next home was Louise McAllister posting a credible 02:08:56 (273rd) before Leanne Shrive taking part in her first ever half marathon set an excellent bench mark with 02:17:08 (320th) before Andy Shrive rounded of the Harborough ensemble completing first half in over 10 years posting a time of 02:28:26.
Elsewhere over the 13.1 mile distance, Tracy Southwell attended the rescheduled Warwick British heat foundation half marathon, which had fallen foul of the weather. Having only been back in country 24 hours, Tracey produced a fine display achieving her goal of breaking the 2-hour barrier crossing the line in 01:59:35 for 523rd of 948 finishers.
The trio of Adam Brooks, Dean Rushby & Martin Hughes were also in action, travelling to Stoke-on-Trent for this year’s Mow Cop Hill Race. The 6.5mile, category BM fell race challenged runners over 400M steep climb, boggy fields, rock scramble, a pass of Mow Cop castle, fast descents, set through the woods before heading back down to the finish. Adam continued his comeback with an impressive 12th place finish in 0:53:15, ahead of Dean 01:09:16 (69th) and Martin Hughes 01:10:09 (72nd).