Another Fine Year

Harborough AC celebrated the last twelve months with their annual Awards Night held this year at the rugby club. Club chairman Will Clapp reflected on another successful year for the club, highlighting the gold-medal winning performances of the veteran women’s teams in track and field and cross country and the growth in competition in the junior ranks. There were awards in eighteen categories, with the most prestigious award “Athlete of the Year” going for the third year running to Karen Brooks for another year of achievement at the very highest levels, including winning 800 metres bronze at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. Clapp commented afterwards: “It’s always a great night, an opportunity to recall the fun we’ve had over the last year – not just road-running but also in freezing-cold cross country races and in baking hot days competing in track and field – and celebrate individual and team performance and improvement. It’s a club that welcomes anyone who wants to get involved in athletics – whether that’s to get fit, to get better, to compete, to help out behind the scenes. We’ve got a friendly atmosphere and we look ahead to the next year with excitement and confidence.”

Roll forward a week and six of the award winners were in action at Sutton Coldfield for the Midlands Autumn Road Relays. Contested over courses of 3.8k (juniors), 4.8k (women) and 5.8k (men) the races attract all the top clubs from across the region which stretches from Staffordshire to Avon to Nottinghamshire. Harborough were represented in six of the eight races, their best turn-out for years, and there were some excellent performances, most notable of which was the under-13 girls team of Lizzie Clapp, Bethany Wallis and Hannah Smith who finished 9th out of 32 teams, with Clapp’s time of 15-22 being the third fastest of any under-13 girl on the day. Junior team manager Lianne Brooks commented: “This event is a great opportunity for our athletes to test themselves against the best in the region. The results show the hard work which they all put in both when training and on the day. As well as the brilliant result from our under-13 girls, our under-17 women finished 15th, with the boys 20th (under-15) and 21st (under-13). It augurs very well for the cross country season that’s just getting underway.”


Another Fine Year

Try a Tri Success

A Team Effort