Been There, Snowdon That!
This weekend saw four of Harborough AC’s most intrepid competitors tackle one of the UK’s toughest races, as they took on the challenge of the 2010 Snowdon Marathon. Peaking at just over 3,500ft, Snowdon is the highest British peak outside of Scotland, and the first full ascent of the mountain was not achieved until the year 1639! However, for the four from HAC, although equally as arduous a trek, the climb was over somewhat more swiftly. Battling not only the tough terrain, but also the weather conditions – with torrential rain making the final off-road 10 kilometres especially treacherous - it was Lazloe Boden who was first over the line for the Club, in a tremendous time of 2:57:26. Boden, marking his return to competition after an enforced two month lay-off, made it fifth time lucky in his quest to beat the 3-hour mark on the slopes of the tor; an ambition fuelled by the missive of “so I won’t have to do it again!” Boden’s time was enough for 12th place overall, from a field of 1,260, and third in the Male Vet45 category; but would have seen him win that class last year. All that serves to evidence that he is in terrific shape for his challenge to run twelve marathons across Europe in 2011. Next home for HAC was Sean Fenwick, in 26th position overall, and a great time of 3:04:56, with Jason Pitcher just 31 places, and seven and a half minutes further back in 3:12:26. Completing the quartet – in a time of 3:41:39 – was Graeme Rolfe, finishing in 220th place. The collective team also took 2nd place in that contest, only being pipped to the win by the home-area club themselves!
Meanwhile, over half that distance, Tony Harrison was at it again – continuing his recent transition to the 13.1 mile endeavour – with a resolute time of 1:37:42 for 396th position in the Worksop Half Marathon. The course started out in the town centre, before winding its way over a gently undulating topography that fully justifies its tag as ‘the scenic one’, taking in the surrounds of the Clumber National Park en route. Harrison’s time saw him place well inside the top twenty-five per cent of the field of 1,746. Slightly closer to home, and a further four Club members ran at the Rugby 10 mile race. Held from the Barby Cricket Club; the course replaced the older version of the same distance, but still took in some of that route, augmented by the infamous Cart Hill climb. However, that climb was to prove little more than the proverbial molehill for Nick Turner-Henke, Ruth Bingham, Jo Johnston, and Dave Oram from HAC, who all completed the distance with strong runs. Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen problem with the timing equipment, no official times or positions were available at the time of writing; though that did not diminish the enthusiasm or spirits of the band of Club athletes!