Harborough AC runners took advantage of the cool bank holiday weekend weather to post some fast times on the road. The historic Livingston Relays were first run in the 1920s and the latest edition saw Harborough fielding four teams. Amanda King got the veteran women’s team off to a flying start with a 23:55 clocking for three miles, with Lin Farrow and then Sarah Blencowe bringing the team home in 15th place in an overall time of 73:44.
Fastest time of the day for a Harborough man was posted by Adam Eales, putting the senior team in 8th after his speedy first leg of 16:37. Adam Brooks, Peter Attenborough and Tom Ward all ran strongly to return a time of 73:26 (15th place in a high quality field).
The veteran men had two teams out, with the A team just missing out on bronze medals. Jamie McAllister ran an impressive 17:27, handing over in 5th place. Garry Hodgkins then overtook two with his 18:27 and Steve King’s 19:11 held on to 3rd place, but Wreake Runners had saved their fastest for the final leg and David Maclean’ 18:54 was not enough to hold off the challenge, Harborough having to content themselves with 4th place. The incomplete B team ran consistently (Will Clapp 19:58, Graeme Rolfe 20:19, Richard Bufton 20:09) being placed 13th throughout the race before they ran out of runners.
A day later and Steve King was in action again, this time at the Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend, where he ran a personal best 1:30:36 over the 13.1-mile half marathon distance. There was also another PB for Molly Smith (2:14:59), finishing just behind Leanne Shrive (2:11:17) and Catherine Poynton (2:12:35). Just eight days after running the London Marathon Simon Poynton was repeating the feat at MK, completing the 26.1 miles in 4:23:32.