Hardman Putting in the Hard Yards!
The Stour Valley Path is widely held as one of the most picturesque, quintessentially English trails available; largely unspoilt, and having rendered the likes of Constable and Gainsborough so awestruck that they had to duly immortalise it on canvas.
Whilst certainly not in a position to criticise such esteemed, renowned artists, Harborough AC’s very own Rachael Hardman may now carry an alternative perspective, after completing the SVP 100 – a 100km (64 mile) ultra-race – along the length of that rural route. Having recovered sufficiently from her epic 12 marathons in 12 months during 2012, Hardman has since turned her attention to scaling new challenges. This time around, after passing landmarks such as Newmarket Racecourse, Devil’s Dyke, and Kentwell Hall during the 95-percent off-road course, Hardman noted the beauty of the surroundings, but confessed to being “very tired….” at the end; crossing the finish line in an incredibly commendable 41st position overall, in 13hours 32minutes!
Also traversing field and fell this past weekend were the quartet of Matt Driver, Adam Brooks, Luke Maher, and Pete Leach – at the annual Bradbourne Fells Race. Covering just shy of 9km (with around 260m of climbing) across the Derbyshire Dales, all four put in strong showings amongst the 92-strong entry. First back was Driver (13th, in 36:47), with Brooks (19th, 38:13), then Maher (57th, 48:14) and Leach (75th, 52:09).
Road and Parkruns
On harder surfaces – in the guise of the habitual, weekly Parkrun series – a further nine Club members plied their wares. In Peterborough, Yvonne Scarrott’s 21:00 garnered her 33rd place overall (from almost 300), and third in the female ranks.
Mum and son, Marise and Daniel Taylor tackled the Abingdon version, with the latter taking family plaudits – and tenth place in the race (with 18:49), and Marise in 138th (26:55).
In Northampton, Ben Smith recorded 20:39, for 39th among 240, while Dave Waddington led home a five-strong contingent in Corby (finishing sixth, in 20:11) – ahead of Charlie and Sarah Blencowe (32nd, and 49th), Claire Eales (78th), and Dave Oram (91st).
At the Kimbolton Half Marathon, meanwhile, Kenny Anderson clocked 1:40:17 to secure himself 122nd spot from in excess of 400. And, some 2,500 miles from home, youngsters Adam and Hannah Stewart rubbed shoulders with over 100 others, to take on the Carrotfast 5k, in Ontario, Canada! Crossing the line in 64th and 65th, respectively, it was just Adam – by four seconds – who edged the intra-family race.
Track & Field
Elsewhere, on the tartan surface of Leicester’s Saffron Lane Stadium complex, Sophie Domingo reaffirmed her wonderful campaign to date, at the Midland Counties U15 Championships. There, competing in no fewer than four events, she picked off three five-place classifications, before registering a new Personal Best and Club Record to take silver in the high jump. That 1.50m clearance came alongside notable runs in the 75m hurdles, and 200m, as well as a 4.63m leap in the long jump. A little farther adrift in the high jump, Lottie Edwards also battled well against the blustery conditions, to clear 1.35m, for fifth spot.