Athletics continues to dominate the headlines this week, with the news that Harborough have secured promotion to division five of the Midlands leagues seemingly failing to reach the national press.
Entering the fourth & final meet of the 2017 track season Harborough were sitting third, knowing that they would have to beat the second place team by two places to stand any chance of claiming the final promotion berth. Great performances throughout the track and field team saw the club secure the required results to overturn the deficit & win them promotion and the opportunity compete against local rivals in division 5 next year.
The Men’s T&F captain Tom Ward spoke of the day’s efforts after receiving confirmation of the clubs promotion - “Very impressed with the men's team performance yesterday. Men's team were 1st place overall with every athlete recording at least one top 3 position. Incredible effort from the women who didn't let lack of numbers stop them with everyone doing 7 events each! Thanks to everyone who has been involved throughout the season whether as an athlete or an official. It's been special!”
And whilst Tom Ward & Tom Kershaw were getting ‘wet’ in the 3000M steeple chase at Tamworth, Andrew Holt was making a splash, taking part in the Caderman Extreme Iroman 70.3. The course takes the event goers on an epic journey swimming, cycling and running from Twywn beach along mountain passes & coastal roads through the beautiful Snowdonia scenery, before climbing steeply up from Dolgellau to the summit of Cadair Idris.
Andy commented after the event about the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere received by all competitors from Victorian Slipway pub registration and carried on throughout the day, there was even a special warm up run by Mr Motivator. Summarising his performance Andy said “I got on well with the swim despite having done little preparation, on the bike however I was destroyed. Mainly due to not having done any bike endurance work and partly from being on a bike I mackled together in my yard from scrounged parts for the princely sum of £300. On the run I was much more at home and managed to take back most of the places I'd lost on the bike to finish 8th. I can see this event growing each year and becoming a classic.”