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Harborough athletes have been in action near Rugby, Leicester, Loughborough and just north of Monaco. Second claim Harborough AC member Kyle Barber won the “12 Bornes de Gorbio”, a mountainous 11.7 kilometres to the west of Menton in south-east France, taking the victory in a field of 303 finishers in 42m19s.
Closer to home and over a somewhat easier course five HAC runners competed in the final race of the Leicester City 5k Winter Series, with an age-group win for Pam Hilliam and a 2nd place for Ian Southwell. Southwell ended fifth in the men’s series, behind team-mate Tom Fortnum in third. In the women’s series Louise McAllister finished 15th, Pam Hilliam 21st, Tracy Southwell 27th and Yvonne Barber 33rd.
Over double the distance Ash Cartwright finished a creditable 6th at Draycote Water and over the challenging 14-mile Charnwood Hills Fell Race Ade Stewart came in 112th out of 307, seventeen places ahead of Adam Brooks.
Away from racing the county announced squads to compete at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough in a month’s time at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. There are places for Sarah Ward (senior women), Tom Fortnum (junior men), Lizzie Clapp, Eilidh Maclean, Beth Wallis (under-17 women), Adam Barber and Joe O’Connell (under-15 boys). Final teams will be selected following the English National Championships in a fortnight. Commenting on the announcements, club chairman John Thompson said: “Congratulations to our athletes who have got themselves this far through their hard work over recent months. Cross country racing is a serious challenge but is great fun when it goes well! They now need to keep their training focus and hope that all goes to plan at Leeds in the Nationals – they’ll be competing not just with the familiar faces of Leicestershire but against the best in the country and we all wish them well”.