Ah, Livingston, I presume!
The renown of Dr David Livingstone extended, courtesy of his exploration work, to the realms of Africa, New Zealand, and North America. Harborough AC may enjoy somewhat less of a grandiose status, but its reputation on a county-wide footing is being noticeably and consistently enhanced. Such was no less the case this past Easter weekend when, amid the new venue surroundings of Braunstone Park, the prestigious annual Livingston Road Relays took place. Having relocated from its more traditional home of the Loughborough University Campus, the race saw over 40 teams display grit and determination that the 19th Century Protestant Missionary of a similar name would, no doubt, have unashamedly approved of. Holding a prominent position among this congregation were the seven teams entered by HAC. The men’s event sees a representative quartet contest legs of three miles, while the women’s equivalent follows the same course, but over just three legs.
Of those decked in the yellow of Harborough, the men’s first team – made up of Ady King, Matt Driver, Adam Brooks and Will Clapp – took a well-earned eighth place overall; with Matt recording the Club’s fastest individual leg of the day, clocking 17:03 (taking 77 seconds off his personal time from the previous year). Outdoing their male counterparts, the first female squad – of Emily Taylor, Karen Brooks, and Yvonne Scarrott – crossed the finish line in a splendid fourth place. Taking top-spot in terms of times there was Yvonne, who registered 20:03. Elsewhere among the 24 Harborough runners, there were notable returns to action for both Nicola James and Tony Harrison, whose respective absences were of distinctly different length and nature: Nicola having had her second child, and Tony merely feeling like he’d given birth after his recent London Marathon exploits!
Reflecting on the day’s endeavours, Club road Captain Will Clapp said: “yet again the Club has been out in force for an event steeped in history; and come to the fore in it. To field four women’s teams was especially pleasing, and they’ve certainly all earned their Easter eggs today!”
Earlier in the week, the second of the Corby AC Open Track & Field Season Warm-Up meetings took place at the Rockingham Triangle stadium. With some foreshortened race distances, the event offers an ideal precursor to the impending season. This prime opportunity was readily seized upon by six of the Club’s track and field regulars. In the Under11 group, Charlotte Ellis ran 25.2s for the 150m, and leapt out to 3.37m in the long jump. Her elder sister – Bethany – then stopped the clock at 1:47.7 over 600m in the Under15 bracket. In between those two – within the Under13 ranks – twins Niamh and Mollie Watson ran 9.3s and 9.6s respectively for the 60m; then 2:03.4 and 2:06.0 for the 600m. Representing the male contingent, Roy Barber ran 7.7s for the 60m, 18.4s in the 150m, and 37.9s over 300m in the Under20 class. Chris Holliday, in the MV45 category, recorded 8.5s and 20.1s over 60m and 150m.