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Over the weekend London marathon mania once again gripped the nation with near 40,000 runners taking to the streets of London participating in one of the greatest sporting spectacles open to the public, amongst the congregation soaking up the electric atmosphere were four Harborough AC members. On a day where the sport once again showed the world a part of itself which makes it so great, the quartet of Gareth Wood, Steve Foxon, Luke Maher and Christine Voelkrling did themselves and the club proud, all completing the 37th edition of the race.

First home for the club in an incredible time of 2:42:53 in 440th position was Gareth Wood. Despite all of his hard work and gruelling training runs, after completing the event Gareth was quick to express his gratitude to his family, friends and club mates for their support during his training and efforts in helping raise money for the Stroke Association. Next home was Steve Foxon in a new personal best time of 03:49:52, despite the arduous task owner of the most relaxed finish line photos ever recorded. Following Steve was Luke Maher in a very respectable time of 04:43:25 and Christine Voelkerling, who despite have a mid-race incident causing her to be kept in the medical facility for well over an hour, retuned to the field with steely determination and completed the 26.2 miles in 06:00:51.

Also over the weekend Andrew and Carrie Holt ran the 8.5 mile Goldrush trail race. The Goldrush trail race is also the most recent of all the Coed-y-Brenin running trail offerings with 420m ascent on the tracks and trails with in the forest park. Andy Holt with an amazing run finished 14th place as 4th vet with a time of 01:07:25, making a 3 minute improvement on his time set 12 months prior. Whilst wife Carrie also had a good run finishing 110th in 01:43:56 out of the 177 other finishers.

Sunday saw the sixth annual northants network 5k series kick off at Irchester Country Park, just outside of Wellingborough. Amongst the 230 runners was Adam Brooks, finishing in an impressive 4th position in a time of 0:17:57.

On the Saturday also over 5Km, 33 club members were in attendance at the weekly Harborough Parkrun event with our runners taking the first four positions and 6 of the top 8. Leading the way and registering a new PB for the event was Andy Meads, with Louise Dicicco, Ray Lack, Jacquie Hanmer, Tom Kershaw & Ben Campbell all producing new personal best times. Elsewhere at the Corby Adam Eales, Michelle & Natalie Ives completed the 185th running of the event with the later producing a fine display to knock nearly 1minute off her previously best time.

- Adam Eales


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