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The first ‘Foxton 5 Mile Road Race’ – over the revised version of the old ‘Harborough 5’ course – was heralded as a huge success all-round, with all runners offering hugely complimentary remarks and praise to Harborough AC for its organisation. After almost 25 years of being held over the previous route, change in local circumstance dictated that the race headquarters needed to relocate, and the opportunity was well used as a chance to review the race as a whole. Following successful negotiations with staff from the British Waterways Board – who have expressed a desire to make use of the facilities at their disposal for local events – agreement was reached to host the event from the Top Lock Car Park at Foxton Locks, averting the possibility that the historic race could have been consigned to the annuls.
The race itself represented the seventh in the 2010 East Midlands Grand Prix Series (of eight), and saw 330 runners take to the undulating route, that started at the Top Lock Car Park of Foxton Locks, wound down through Lubenham, before looping back up and round to the Car Park to finish. Scott Hazell, of Coventry Godiva, won the race in a time of 25:44, while Nicky Nealon (Huncote Harriers) took the plaudits as first woman, in 29:37. However, in such company, a considerable number of athletes from the host club also placed well. Foremost amongst these was Sean Fenwick, who crossed the line third, some 37seconds adrift of the winner. Will Clapp was next to finish, 14th overall and third in the Male Vet40 category, while Jason Pitcher and Martin Gore also secured top-25 positions, with 17th and 24th respectively. Richard Bufton continued his fantastic form, winning the Male Vet50 category, and coming 48th overall, and he was chased all the way by Matt Driver, who secured another second place in the Male Under20 class. A little further down the field; Hannah Eveleigh took second place in the Female Vet35 category, Karen Brooks was third in the Female Vet50 class, and Ruth Bingham also realised a top-5 position in the Female Vet45 classification. In total, there were twenty five runners representing Harborough AC on the evening, helping the Club to take first place in both the Men’s Senior and Veteran Team rankings, and fourth in both of the Women’s equivalents.
Full Results for all runners are available via the Club’s website – www.harboroughac.co.uk.
Full Club Results:
3rd Sean Fenwick 26:21
14th Will Clapp 28:26
17th Jason Pitcher 28:33
24th Martin Gore 29:07
46th Ady King 30:26
48th Richard Bufton 30:29
53rd Matt Driver 30:44
70th Adam Brooks 31:25
77th Hannah Eveleigh 32:01
92nd Steve Hillam 33:07
123rd Karen Brooks 34:34
124th Steve Compton 34:34
127th Jake Watson 34:40
141st Suzi Neal 35:16
178th Nick Johnson 36:59
211th David Ward 38:57
234th Ruth Bingham 39:39
243rd Oliver Clarke 40:08
266th Ray Lack 41:46
267th Jackie King 41:50
277th Jo Johnston 42:45
279th Linda Lawton 42:52
291st Barry Yarwood 44:13
297th Clare Barton 45:02
302nd Steve Clarke 45:40
The Committee and Members of Harborough AC wish to extend their collective thanks and appreciation to the British Waterways Board, and it is hoped that the venue will act as race HQ for the foreseeable future!

Elsewhere, and later in the week, a 13-strong HAC compliment tackled the two-loop, hilly course of the Glooston ‘10’. The tough-but-scenic route witnessed Sean Fenwick again top the Club placings, with an excellent run for third place, and a time of 33:20 that saw him dip under the previous course record. He was followed by something of an in-house battle as four HAC competitors took places 24 – 27, with Matt Driver taking bragging rights, just edging out Richard Bufton, Adam Brooks and Dave Waddington. Both Nick Turner-Henke (43rd) and Chris Loake (66th) recorded times under the 48 minute mark, while there were excellent showings from Ruth Bingham (85th), Jo Johnston (92nd), Lin Farrow (96th), Linda Lawton (98th) and Yvonne Barber (113th), who all dealt with the windy conditions with some aplomb.
The next day, and in virtue of their superb displays of the previous week, Karen Brooks and Rick Brown journeyed to Bolton, for the British Masters 5km Road Race Championships. Over three laps of the town-based circuit, and in blustery conditions, both acquitted themselves well, with Brooks stopping the clock at 20:46 for fourth place in the Female Vet50 rankings. Brown placed 13th in the Male Vet55 equivalent, with 20:24.

20/06/2010

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