Club Records Tumble
Beth Wallis starred for Harborough AC in the Midlands Track & Field League match at Corby, winning the women’s high jump in a season’s best 1m 43, before running second leg on the 4x400m relay team which set a new club record of 4:28.1, taking over six seconds off the previous mark (other runners: Lizzie Clapp, Sarah Ward and Eilidh Maclean). Many athletes took part in multiple events, but none could match the efforts of Garry Hodgkins (800m, 5,000m, shot put, hammer and javelin). Harborough are placed 6th in Division 5 with three matches to come.
Club records were also achieved by Karen Brooks and Richard Brown in their respective age groups at the Rugby 6 miler, race 2 in the East Midlands Grand Prix series, with David Maclean first back for HAC on the night in 40:42.
Richard Bufton ran an impressive 1:35:38 over the undulating Bosworth Half marathon course in the Leicester Road Running League to take 1st place in the MV60 category, following this up a week later with 2nd place in the category at the West End 8-mile race.
Nearly 20,000 runners completed the London Vitality 10 kilometres race in central London on Bank Holiday Monday, with HAC well represented by thirteen runners, who posted times ranging from 41 minutes to 83. The men’s race was won Sir Mo Farah (28:14), and the women by Steph Twell (31:55). Meanwhile over in Wales Ben Smith took part in the challenging Cader Idris Mountain Race, a 10.5-mile race with 915 metres of climbing.
Club spokesman Will Clapp commented: “Our track and field team at Corby was a great blend of youth and experience, and we were well represented across the different disciplines, showing once again that we can be competitive even without having our own track facility. Our veteran runners continue to perform at a high standard on the roads – I’d highlight Richard Bufton’s West End 8 performance just a week after a fast half marathon: it’s strong running, make no mistake.”