The 39th London Marathon
A perfect ten Harborough Athletes were in road running action at the weekend. The main event following months of training was the Virgin London Marathon, where three club members tested themselves over the 26.2 miles of one of the most famous courses in world running, competing in the same field as global superstars Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei and Sir Mo Farah.
Rich Hudson and Dan Perrin went through the halfway stage in close proximity, with Hudson leading by 43 seconds. Both slowed over the second half of the course but still delivered impressive times, Perrin prevailing with 3:21:57 and Hudson 3:27:09.
Haydn Young showed the best pacing of the Harborough quartet, his time for the second half of the race being within seven minutes of the first half to finish in 3:57:26, ahead of Simon Poynton in 4:14:18.
The club’s women’s team finished in 8th at Leicester’s Big 10k, held in Abbey Park, Leicester, led home by Val Goode in 55:47 (3rd in her age group), with support from Sarah Goode, Kate Keal, Patsy Wilson and Vicki Brennan. Garry Hodgkins was 8th in his age group in 41:24 ahead of Ben Brant.
Meanwhile on the Alexander Stadium track in Birmingham the British Milers’ Club races saw Eilidh Maclean improved her season’s best for 800 metres, whilst Sarah Ward set a new senior women’s club record for 1500 metres, winning her race in a speedy 4:49.16.
Club spokesman Will Clapp said “Whether it’s over a four minute race or a four hour race Harborough AC continues to help runners improve as well as providing a friendly and welcoming club for people who want to run socially. Our next big event is the historic Livingston Relays at Leicester on 5th May where we’ll be looking to put out a good number of teams and compete against some of the top clubs in the region.”