One of the greatest advantages in sport is performing before a home crowd and over the past couple of weeks the club have enjoyed some excellent performances as a result. Most recently at round six of the east midlands grand prix series the Harborough 5 with over 20 members taking to the starting line, no mean feat considering the club was also playing host, with a large group of volunteers helping race director Dave Ward behind the scene on the night.
The traditional undulating course starts and finishes in the top car park of Foxton locks seeís runners drop down into Lubenham before the deceiving climb back towards Foxton and a final fast mile to the finish. First man home for the club was Sean Fenwick breaking in to the top 10, finishing as 2nd M45 in a time of 28:03 whilst Gemma Streather replicated for the ladies in a personal best time of 40:01 in 211th place. On the night, a total of 13 club members posted new personal best times - these were: Tom Kershaw, Ben Smith, Jamie McAllister, Jamie Thompson, Peter Attenborough, David Maclean, Gemma Streather, Peter Oliver, Lucy Jenkinson, Raymond Lack, Carrie Holt, Ian Southwell, Tracy Southwell. A further four runners posted new seasonal bests for the distance; Kenny Anderson, Bob Allsopp, Graeme Rolfe, Dean Rushby. After the race David Ward praised the efforts of the volunteers for the successful staging of Tuesdays event which received top marks from the race adjudicator.
Three days earlier at the Market Harborough carnival of running, crowds flocked to the town centre cheering on the yellow & black through their home town streets as part of the annual carnival celebrations. With the masses lining the route all through the town centre it is hard to think of an event where the atmosphere has been matched, the wall of noise greeting the runners at the turn on to Coventry road was like no other personally witnessed. Once again the runners rose to the occasion with exceptional award winning performances throughout the two distances.
Over the 10Km distance Tom Kershaw in 9th was first home for the club men & with Lucy Jenkinson for the club women in 54th. Honours list for the day were; Ben Wooding (1st M Jnr), Steve King (2nd M 50), Dave Waddington (3rd M 50), Amanda Scuffham (1st F 50), Beth Smith (1st F 60) and Pam Hilliam (1st F 70). In the half marathon race Matt Driver was first club runner home in 2nd place with Jacquie Hanmer taking the honour for the ladies. Again a plethora of trophies were collected by club; Rich Hudson (2nd M 45), Adrian Stewart (3rd M 45), Jacquie Hanmer (1st F 50), Katy Kenyon (1st F 45), Christine Voelkerling (3rd F 50).
A special mention this week to Andrew Shrive and Chris Loake who were part of 4-man troupe with Alan Fordham and Harvey Miller completed the Yorkshire 100k walk in aid of Blind Veterans UK. The group successfully completed the event, under the target time of 24hrs with just secondís spare stopping the clock at 23:57:36. Donations are still being gratefully received through the teams Just Giving page.