Blitz in Blisworth
Friday evening saw the third instalment in the eight race 2014 East Midlands Grand Prix Series – in the form of the Blisworth ‘5’. Over a course renowned for producing fast times, it was no surprise to see in excess of 400 toing the start line this time around. Amid that throng, an eight-strong Harborough AC group aimed to begin their Bank Holiday weekend with a bang.
Andy Meads in enjoying a very impressive season to date, and this time round cemented his standing in the overall Series classifications, with 16th place, in a Personal Best time of 28:20. Also breaking the notable 30-minute barrier, Ady King picked up third place in the MV45 category (29th overall, 29:17). Adam Eales notched up a top-100 position (88th, in a Personal Best clocking of 32:02), while Ben Smith (151st, 34:36) and Dave Waddington (153rd, 34:44) found themselves inside the top-200. Paul O’Brien’s 37:23 gave him 207th, while Harry Waddington secured another podium position in the MU20 bracket (229th overall, 38:18), and Jackie King took 266th, in a time of 39:52.
A few days prior, nine HAC members travelled the relatively short distance to Kettering’s Weekley Woods setting, for race two in the Northants Network 5k Series. Once again, Adam Eales proved his current rich vein of form, with a 19:19 giving him a fine top-ten finish (ninth). Tony Harrison, Rick Brown, and Yvonne Barber claimed respective first places in the MV55, MV60, and FV55 brackets, with Karen Brooks (21st, 21:36), Suzi Neal (39th, 24:18), Dean Rushby (44th, 25:06), Theresa Brown (67th, 29:50), and Claire Eales (86th, 32:47) rounding off the Club turnout.
Also over the 5km distance – albeit, on the habitual Parkrun circuit – another seven donned Club colours over the weekend. At the Nottinghamshire Forest Rec event, Daniel Taylor’s 18:49 not only generated second spot for him, but also represented a new Personal Best. That race placing was echoed by Matt Driver at the Hanley version (from over 150 entrants, in 18:04). At the Corby competition, Adam Eales concluded a somewhat busy week with a third-place return (20:14), with Dave Waddington just three places behind (21:53). Hannah Stewart took 33rd (25:43), Marise Taylor, 35th (26:04), and Claire Eales, 52nd (31:14) from a field of 59.