Team Combination Unpicks Opposition at Annual Top Lock Showdown
While the past weekend had Gateshead playing host to the 2013 European Athletics Team Championships, local mid-week attention had been turned to a venue notably closer to home; as Foxton's Top Lock was the start and finish setting for the Harborough '5' road race. Forming stage Six of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series, the event regularly boasts upwards of 300 entrants, with this year's edition be no different. And, though diminished in numbers by dint of having to provide all support personnel for the race, HAC still managed to record some 28 Club finishers.
In his first real road outing of the season, Sean Fenwick edged the home town contingent; clocking 27:16 to take sixth place overall, and lead the MV40 category. Just three places adrift of him, Andy Robinson produced a battling run (28:00), with Ady King (22nd, 29:24), Matt Driver (23rd, 29:25), and Adam Brooks (40th, 30:37) all cracking the top-50. Jake Watson's 31:53 gave him fourth-place in the MU20 group (and 54th overall), with Ray Lack's 43:18 seeing him take fifth in the MV65s. Hannah Eveleigh's 32:36 represented her quickest time for three years, as well as registering a new Club Record for the FV40s, whilst also placing her second on the day in that age bracket (a Series classification she leads at present). The rest of the Clubís entry finished as follows: 75th Adam Eales 32:55, 135th Nick Turner-Henke 35:18, 142nd Bob Allsopp 35:39, 152nd Alistair Campbell 36:06, 185th Ben Campbell 37:38, 187th Paul Russell 37:47, 190th Nick Johnston 37:51, 214th Steve Barringer 38:48, 217th Darren King 39:04, 223rd Hazel Buswell 39:10, 247th Julie Gregory 40:17, 248th Claire Barton 40:20, 249th Tim Durham 40:23, 262nd Nicola Bugla 41:06, 266th Lin Farrow 41:18, 267th Jackie King 41:18, 290th Sarah Blencowe 42:50, 301st Susan Hammond 43:47, 315th Jo Johnston 44:51. All of which yielded a first-place return for the senior Menís Team.
One day later, and Yvonne Scarrott competed in the second of the Peterborough 5k Series events, at the Ferry Meadows Water Park. In a field of 279, she secured a top-half placing with 114th (in a time of 20:43), also taking third position in the FV40 age group, to back-up her first place in race one of the five race Series.
Come the weekend, and Suzi Neal kicked things off with a 22:42 over the Northampton 5km Parkrun course (finishing 45th from 185). It was then on to Sunday, and the insatiable Karen Brooks. Already with numerous FV50 County, Regional and National titles to her name in 2013, Brooks journeyed to Horspath for the British Masters 10,000m track championships. There, in largely unpleasant, windy conditions, she stopped the timings at 43:07.85 to engineer yet another gold medal performance (and a new Club Record); and all in an event designed more to engender greater endurance, rather than metalware!