Icing on That Cake?
Track & Field
Midweek last week saw match three in the 2014 Midlands Vets Eastern track & field division taking place, at Rugby’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre. And it certainly offered up the proverbial ‘jewel-in-the-crown’ of the season thus far for the senior echelons of Harborough AC, as the collective squad garnered a highly-impressive second-placed finish; their highest for several years. Against such luminaries as the fabled Charnwood AC, Kettering Town Harriers, and Rugby & Northants, notching up a berth on the second tier of the podium is no mean achievement, and Team Captain, Lianne Brooks, was understandably upbeat: “in the two previous meetings, we’ve struggled a bit with numbers. This time, though, with a full team and fuelled by Nicola’s lemon drizzle cake, we were on fine form. And we showed just how competitive we can really be. I’m confident that now we can round-off the season in strong fashion”.
Karen Brooks’ FV40 1500m victory – along with Marise Taylor’s very own pentathlon (100m, hammer, long jump, triple jump, and discus – registering two Personal Bests in the process), John Thompson’s Race Walk, and Kenny Anderson’s epic and effusive debut – were the stand-out performances on the day, while third spot in the medley relay offered a nice conclusion to proceedings.
Elsewhere, and on the roads, the taxing Weedon 10km provided the seventh – and penultimate – race in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series. Reputed for its tough dual climbs, the undulating rural course certainly offers a real running test. That noted, seven of the Harborough AC membership were sufficiently undaunted – shoulder-to-shoulder with close-on 300 others. Continuing his rich vein of form in the series – despite running this time around in someone else’s shoes – Andy Meads was first back, his 36:50 giving him 17th spot overall. Ady King notched 31st (fifth MV45, in 37:52), with Adams Brooks and Eales also inside the top 100 (65th and 71st, respectively). Ben Smith broke the 45-minute mark to take 128th, before Paul O’Brien (164th, 47:18) and Stephen Barringer (196th, 49:26) concluded the Club entry.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s Parkrun circuit produced new Personal Best times for two of the five Harborians on show. In Leamington, Matthew Taylor reduced his previous quickest mark by three seconds, as he clocked 18:42 to take seventh position in a field of nearly 300. That position was mirrored by Dave Waddington – in Corby. At the Northampton Racecourse version, Adam Eales also notched a top-ten return, with his 18:58 taking seven seconds from his previous PB. In a 250-strong field, Ben Smith then took 35th spot (in 21:41), with Claire Eales in 210th (in 31:28).