After a plethora of performances through the first few weeks of July, the past weekend saw something of a partial hiatus grip most of the Harborough AC membership; though that is not to say that there were not still a select band bowing to the competitive ‘bug’.
Track & Field
Midweek, the latest instalment of the Corby Open Track & Field meetings offered an air of such satisfaction for eleven HAC members, across distances from 100m to 800m. There, particularly notable showings came from four of the Club’s younger runners, with 200m Personal Bests from Tyler Chapman, Freya Tansey, and Scarlett and Georgina Wilson (the latter also registering a new best-ever clocking for the 800m).
And the end of the week, meanwhile, Karen Brooks donned her Midland Masters vest; to represent the region at the England Athletics Inter-Area Challenge Meet, in Solihull. Well-used to pitting herself against such level of opposition, Brooks’ recent focus on honing her in-race tactics is reaping clear rewards, as she was barely troubled in her 800m-1500m double. First up, in the longer event, a clocking of 5:14.02 saw her record her quickest outdoor time of the season, holding off a late challenge with relative ease in the process. Then, in the shorter discipline, a similar outcome – timed in 2:37.05. Not content, she then opened the combined 4x100m relay, helping her team to second spot there.
Book-ended by those track meetings were the usual array of weekend 5km Parkruns. At the habitual Corby event – as ever, at West Glebe Park – the quartet of Adam and Claire Eales, Ray Lack, and Dave Oram lined up alongside over 60 others. Adam Eales was first back for the yellow-and-black representation (third, in 19:36) with Lack and Claire Eales both securing top-50 finishes (30th, and 49th, respectively), before Oram rounded things off in typically robust fashion.
In Sheringham, Kenny Anderson garnered himself a top-ten spot (tenth, in 23:33) from 125 entrants, while Richard Bufton gave a combative edge to his south coast holiday, clocking 21:37 for 17th position (from a field of 126) at the Yeovil Montacute version.