Domingo Looking to Topple Personal Goals
Though still very early in the track & field season, the 2013 Harborough AC Best Newcomer Award winner, Sophie Domingo, is clearly reaping the rewards of a tough winter campaign. Having eschewed her track spikes for cross country versions, the benefits of her travails are coming to the fore, as she proved at the Indoor Midland Championships, in Birmingham. A time of 9.96s for the 60m hurdles, and a clearance of 1.40m in the High Jump – the former a new Personal Best by over a quarter of a second, and the latter just 1cm down on her all-time best – auger very well for the forthcoming outdoor campaign, in her second year of the Under 15 bracket.
Elsewhere, a total of 18 of the Club’s junior ranks competed for their respective School teams, in the 2014 Ivanhoe Challenge. Held in the surrounds of the Market Bosworth Water Park – across courses of varying distance; between 1000m and 2500m. There, top-ten finishes for Noah Smith (year 3 & 4 boys), Harvey Finch (year 5 & 6 boys), and Lauren Evans (year 7 & 8 girls) were the stand-out results, though Committee Members Graham Hillier and Lianne Brooks were keen to acknowledge yet another large turnout form the younger contingent: “once more, it’s fabulous to see such a large number of our promising youngsters putting themselves out there, and competing; getting as much experience as they can in a competition setting”.
That followed another six juniors who raced in the Rutland Primary Schools XC Series, one week earlier. Circumventing Rutland Water, Jude Major’s 10th-place finish caught the eye (year 4 boys), while William Dealy led home the year 6 boys, in 22nd spot.
At the latest instalment of the Leicestershire Winter Road Running League – to a Markfield backdrop – the quartet of Andy Meads, Tom Ward, Martin Hughes, and Chris Loake lined up with over 500 others. There was an impressive top-50 finish from Meads (33rd, in 36:42), who continues to go from strength-to-strength, while Ward broke the top-100, with 39:09 giving him 79th position. Hughes clocked 46:34 for his best time in three years, and Loake’s 50:24 was enough to see him inside the top-400.
On the weekly Parkrun circuit, there were two sixth spot returns – from Matthew Taylor (in Leamington, in 19:47) and Dave Waddington (in 22:08). Joining Waddington at the latter, Corby locale, Kevin Dinsdale 13th, 24:03), Marise Taylor (34th, 27:25), and Claire Eales (50th, 32:03) also braved the elements.