Now That's Great!
The past weekend saw some 40,000 Olympics-inspired entrants tackling the 2012 Great North Run; amongst them an intrepid quartet from Harborough AC. With months of training in her stead, and running for Cancer Research UK, Jacquie Hanmer headed the foursome, placing well inside the top-5000 finishers (4,779th) in a time of 1:43:44. Also lacing up her trainers for the benefits of others was Hazel Buswell (for MIND), who crossed the line in 1:46:48 to also break the two-hour mark (in 6,762nd spot). Stuart Nimmo was next home, in 17,891st place in 2:05:04 – shaving 16 seconds off his time of 2011.
Somewhat closer to home, Nicola James contested the 2012 Twilight Adventure Run, at nearby Wrongs Farm, in Sibbertoft. Over a course throwing up several (un)pleasant surprises - including a leg through a local stream - James exceeded her own expectations to finish 36th overall, and second in the female ranks!
Elsewhere, Rachael Hardman chalked off number 9 of 12 in her epic Marathon Challenge, via the 2012 Farnham Pilgrim Race. Over a taxing course, Hardman finished well inside the top half of the 297-strong field, taking 144th spot in a time of 4:27:59.
At the 2012 Midlands Veterans' 'B' Cup Final – contested by all divisional teams on an inter-League staging – the trio of Jill Roginski, Lin Farrow and Karen Brooks not only flew the flag for Harborough AC in the female ranks, but also waltzed off with the trophy, after an outstanding all-round display! Contesting – between them – some fifteen events on the day, none of the three were even to find themselves outside of the podium positions. Karen Brooks capped an exceptional season with victory in the FV50 1500m, and second in the 800m; while Lin Farrow secured a hat-trick of second places (in the FV35 800m, 1500m, and 2km Walk), and two thirds (in the FV50 100m and 200m). However, the majority of the plaudits must go to the returning Jill Roginski. Having missed much of the 2012 campaign, Roginski clearly set out with a point to prove – and many more to win! Tackling one race on the track (the FV35 200m – second place), and no less than seven in the field (with wins in the FV50 Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, and FV40 Hammer, second in the FV35 Long Jump and FV50 High Jump, and third in the FV40 Triple Jump), she racked up a staggering 58 of the total 112 points accumulated; helping to secure a ‘B’ Classification win by fifteen.
On the male-front; there were triumphs for John Thompson (MV60 Javelin), Andy Wilkinson (MV35 Pole Vault), and David Ward (MV50 triple Jump), to help garner enough points there to guarantee overall victory for the combined squad by fourteen points. Women’s Track & Field Captain, Lianne Brooks, was quick to pay due regard: “we came here today absolutely believing in ourselves. But the practicalities of competing with fewer numbers meant we didn’t really think we would win. So to come away with the trophy is a great feeling, and everyone really pulled together. It was a fantastic team effort!”
Meanwhile, another triumverate - this time of the all-male variety - were pounding the routes of Cranford village, in the guise of the annual Cransley Hospice 10k and Half Marathon. In the shorter of those two, Chris Loake stopped the watch at 46:08 for 50th place (from 303). Over the 13.1 mile course, a new PB clocking of 1:38:38 had Paul Russell in 47th spot, while Steve Foxon was a little under ten minutes back, coming home in 1:47:51, and 86th of the 187 finishers.