Take it to the Bank
Traditionally, the August Bank Holiday is referred to as the ‘Summer Bank Holiday’, yet often fails to register much that amounts to a sunny disposition! This past extended weekend, however, saw several Harborough AC members beaming of their own accord, after some notable race performances. Foremost amongst those, Emma Knight - still a relative newcomer to the Club - underlined her impressive 2013 campaign by redressing the 100m Senior Women's Club Record that had stood for nine years, at the Birchfield Summer Open Meeting. Taking advantage of a favourable following wind, she clocked a time of 13.28s, to take over one-tenth off the previous mark. In heat two, she then went a further two-tenths quicker, but with a tail wind slightly above the legal limit. A similarly imposing run over twice that distance was then recorded, but also fell foul over a strong following wind. One thing, though, is for sure - there is more to come from the talented sprinter!
At the 8.7km Bradbourne Fell Race – incorporating two laps, a river crossing, and over 250m of ascent – Adam Brooks produced a sparkling run for a top-ten finish (ninth, in 37:36), from an entry of around 100. On more solid terrain, and at the Moulton ‘10’, a further HAC quintet lined up alongside more than 250 others. A time of 37:45 saw Ady King home in 17th spot, with Tom Ward (47th, 41:52) and Adam Eales (54th, 42:35) also inside the first 100. Jackie King (178th, 52:48) and Natalie Ives (245th, 65:01) completed the merry band.
Elsewhere, and rather than picnicking in the park, five of the club’s contingent chose to partake of a different repos, contesting Parkrun Series events. In Northampton, Suzi Neal’s clocking of 22:33 was just outside her personal best for the 5km route, and gave her 43rd place from just shy of 200 while, in Braunstone, Maria Kilby laced up her trainers for the first time in 2013, to record a time of 25:40, giving her 138th from a field of 249 entrants. At Leamington, siblings Hannah and Adam Stewart covered the course in 28:04 and 30:41, for 128th and 162nd amid some 214 runners. And, at Huntingdon, Yvonne Scarrott timed at 22:30, for 14th position in a field of well over 100.
Meanwhile, the past few weeks have also registered an array of worthy HAC performances, across a variety of terrains. On the roads, there were sub-30 minute clockings from both Ady King and Matt Driver, at the Wellingborough and Joy Cann Memorial ‘5-milers’, respectively. Over land and fell, Graeme Rolfe and Pete Leach traversed the 12km+ (470m ascent) route of the ‘Bridges or Bust’ race, with the latter taking top-spot in the MV65 bracket.
On the track and field circuit, the same time period has seen the final divisional matches in both Veterans’ and Seniors’ Leagues. At Loughborough, the Veteran squad rounded off a very successful campaign in third place in the league, courtesy of podium finishes from Graham Laurie (in the 2km Walk), John Thompson (2km Walk, Javelin), Julie Gregory (200m, 3000m), Jill Roginski (200m, Javelin, Discus), Anne Knights (200m), Karen Brooks (800m), Lin Farrow (with a new Club Record in the 2km Walk), and Marise Taylor (Long Jump, Shot Put).
Ten days later, the Senior team travelled to Sutton-in-Ashfield to conclude their collective season, and picked up three event wins to cement a fifth-place finish in the division. Those wins were led by a new Club Record from the Women’s 4x100m relay quartet, with Sarah Ward (400m hurdles) also taking top-spot (notching a podium berth in the 100m hurdles as well). Elsewhere, there were podium returns from Chris Rodrigo (100m), Jake Watson (1500m), Will Clapp and Matt Driver (both 3000m), Daniel Taylor (3000m steeplechase), Emma Knight (100m, 200m), Emily Taylor (200m, 400m, 400m hurdles), Bethany Ellis (400m, 800m), Karen Brooks (800m), Lin Farrow (1500m), Martha Clapp and Julie Gregory (both 3000m), and Marise Taylor (Long Jump).
On the Open meeting circuit; Martha Clapp levelled a new U17 Women’s Club Record in the mile (5:58.3) at the Corby AC event, with Sophie Domingo doing likewise at Charnwood, in the U15 Girls’ High Jump (1.41m). At Kettering, there were impressive 100m/ 200m sprint doubles from the relatively new recruits Chris Rodrigo and Emma Knight. On the same afternoon, the annual Loughborough ‘Stars of the Future’ meeting certainly saw two of HAC’s own equally accurately branded in that framework, as Charlotte Ellis (3rd in the U13 Girls’ Long Jump) and Sophie Domingo (2nd in the U15 Girls’ Javelin, with a new Club Record of 23.68m, and 3rd in the 75m hurdles) underlined superb seasons, respectively.