Star of the Future Here and Now

Over the past weekend, the home of Team GBs 2012 Squad – Loughborough University – played host to the 2010 Stars of the Future meeting, drawing some of the best young athletes from across the local regions to vie in competition. Racing in amongst this company was one of the stand-out performers of Harborough ACs track and field season – Roy Barber. Although still only in the Under17 Men’s category, Roy has already firmly established himself as the Club’s number one sprinter, and reinforced this standing with a very strong, resolute run in both the 100m and 200m – all despite a long, hard season of competition already in his legs. First up for the youngster was the 100m and, despite not getting away from the blocks too well, he held strong form to power through to take the bronze medal in a keenly-contested race. Later on in the meeting came the longer sprint, and Roy again put in an encouraging performance. However, on this occasion he just missed out on the podium positions, crossing the line in fourth place.
Although slightly disappointed with the latter outcome, two such runs in the calibre of competition on show across the day should give great encouragement, and served to cement what has been a real break-through campaign for the young athlete, while auguring especially well for the future – both personally, and for the Club as a whole!

Elsewhere, there were some equally heartening displays from other HAC runners at the Kettering Harriers Open meeting, where there were victories for Jake Watson in the Under17 Men’s 1500m; Will Clapp in the Veteran Men’s 1500m; and Niamh Watson in the Under11 Girls’ Long Jump. There were also second places for Will in the Veteran Men’s 800m; and Mollie Watson in the Under 11 Girls’ Long Jump; while Niamh also picked up third place in the Under 11 Girls’ 75m.
Full Results:
Under 11 Girls’ 75m:
3rd Niamh Watson 11.6s
6th Mollie Watson 12.0s

Under 11 Girls’ 600m:
4th Niamh Watson 2:01.7
7th Mollie Watson 2:05.6

Under 11 Girls’ Long Jump:
1st Niamh Watson 3.58m
2nd Mollie Watson 3.31m

Under 13 Girls’ 1500m:
5th Martha Clapp 5:45.3

Under 17 Men’s 1500m:
1st Jake Watson 4:34.8

Veteran Men’s 800m:
2nd Will Clapp 2:15.5

On the harder terrain of the road circuit, four Club Members ran the Nene Valley 5km, around the picturesque setting of the Ferry Meadows Water Park, Peterborough. First home for Harborough was Will Clapp, in 17:01 for 17th place overall. Jackie King came in next, in 146th position, with 24:45; with Dave Oram next in 27:36 (165th overall). Fourth in for the Club, and making her road debut, was Sarah Wheatley, who completed the course in 34:20, for 178th place overall.


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