On Saturday 17th April, Harborough AC evidenced local pride on a national level, with a very solid showing in the National 12 Stage Road Relays, held at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield. Having performed commendably at the Midland qualification event some four weeks earlier, the Clubs Men’s Team underlined what is looking to be a promising 2010 road race season. In a race dominated by the well-renowned, Olympic site located Newham & Essex Beagles Club – a Club boasting the likes of Mo Farah, Tyrone Edgar, and Christine Ohuruogu amongst its membership – Harborough flew the flag for both the local area and the county, coming home in a highly respectable 57th place overall. The race takes a slightly different form to the Regional version, with teams alternating between running a long leg (5.6 miles), and a short leg (3 miles), and the revised HAC line-up took to the change well. Leading the team off, in amongst the tightly packed mass start, was Dan Worley, who ran strongly against some stiff opposition to keep the team in touch with the pack, handing over to Adam Brooks for the first of the shorter legs. It was then the turn of Sean Fenwick, who recorded the quickest long leg time of the day for the Club, with a terrific 28:46. Bragging rights for the fastest of the short leg runners went to Brooks, who ran 17:56. The side finally crossed the line in a total team time of 5 hours 10 minutes 08 seconds.
Daniel Worley (Team Position: 70th) 32:57
Adam Brooks (70th) 17:56
Sean Fenwick (58th) 28:46
Graeme Rolfe (62nd) 20:14
Richard Bufton (65th) 33:44
Rick Brown (67th) 20:13
William Clapp (63rd) 30:58
Tony Harrison (63rd) 20:13
Martin Gore (60th) 32:03
Martin Hughes (62nd) 20:59
Scott Speller (60th) 33:17
Chris Webb (57th) 18:48
Elsewhere, promising track sprinter Roy Barber kick-started his 2010 season with a couple of extremely encouraging performances in the space of five days. First, at Corby AC’s Rockingham Road track, he won both the Under 17 Men’s 60m and 150m races, before reinforcing this by equalling his Personal Bests in the 100m and 200m at another Open Meeting, held at Loughborough University. The campus track – recently chosen as host location for the 2012 Team GB training venue, saw Roy timed at 12.3s for the 100m, and 25.5s for the 200m. For the youngster to already be equalling his PBs at such an early stage in the season pays great testament to the work he has put in during the winter, and augers very well for the season ahead.
At the Kettering Open Meeting, under the warm, blue skies of Sunday afternoon, several young athletes from the Club competed across a range of event, many of them successfully achieving personal bests. For others, the day marked their very first attempt at competition against other clubs. Results as follows: U11 Boys 150m - Alex Wayland (debut) 27.9secs (PB); U11 Girls 75m - Molly Watson 12.3secs, Niamh Watson 12.0 (PB); 600m - Molly Watson 2.09.2secs, Niamh Watson 2.09.3secs (PB); U13 Girls 200m - Susanne Hickie (debut) 35.2secs (PB); 800m - Martha Clapp 2.51.5 secs (PB), Suzannah Hickie 3.13.9secs (PB); U15 Boys – Nick Holliday recorded a promising early season 100m time of 14.6s; while Joe Hickie, another athlete making his Club debut, achieved personal bests in all three of his field events - High Jump – 1.35m (PB); Discus – 5.76m (PB); Long Jump – 3.47m (PB); U13 Girls Long Jump – Susanne Hickie 2.42m (PB); U17 Boys 800m – Jake Watson 2.18secs (PB); U20 Girls 400m – Sarah Ward 67.1secs; U20 Girls 800m – Sarah Ward 2.30secs. For information regarding the Harborough Athletic Club Juniors please contact 07909543914 or 01858 461347 for more information. Youth Games Athletics trials and training also begins this Wednesday from 5 – 7pm at Welland Park College. School children from year groups 5 to 8 are eligible to take part. Either call 07909543914 for more information or simply turn up!
At the County 10,000m track Championships – held at Leicester’s Saffron Lane Stadium – Will Clapp continued his good showing for the year, bringing home a bronze medal in the Masters Men’s category, with a time of 34:25.2, and eighth place overall, while Chris Holliday stopped the clock at 13.6s for 100m at the Kettering Open Meeting, for second place in the Masters Men Category there.
Meanwhile, over a somewhat longer distance in the guise of the Brighton Marathon, held through the city centre and fabulous coastal roads of the south shoreline of the UK, the strong, metronomic Toby Orr pounded his way round the course in typically resolute style, clocking 4 hours 06 minutes 28 seconds for 2,476th place out of a field of over 6,600!