The annual pinnacle and curtain closer of the cross-country season was held at Parliament Hill, London over the weekend with over 6400 runners from across the country descending on the capital for this year’s ECCA National Cross-Country event and discussions continue through the club as to the tougher of this year’s major events (Midlands vs Nationals), consensus currently leaning towards the Sundays race.
The junior’s races kicked off the day’s events with the clubs first participation coming in the Under 13 Girls, 3km race where Amy Tuner-Henke finished in a time of 0:18:50 taking 460th out of the 1740 finishers. Next event was the Under 15 – 4km race where the trio of Lizzy Clapp, Bethany Wallis & Eilidh Maclean all setting the bar for their Dads raising later in the day; Lizzy was the first of the girl’s home in 0:17:49 just edging out Bethany by 16 seconds, finishing 225th and 289th respectively with Eilidh just behind posting 0:18:36 for 350th.
In the Senior Women’s (8km) race, Jacquie Hanmer continued her run of impressive performances stopping the clock in 0:37:06 to finish 279th out of the field of 1113 runners, before the closest inter club battle of the day ensued whereby Marise Taylor held off the late challenge of Tracy Southwell by just 1 second to claim 941st in 0:49:26.
The final race of the day 11 of our senior men team competed over a 2.5 lapped, 12km course among a bumper 2300 field. Andy Meads was first home for the guys in 0:48:13 (422nd) followed by Tom Ward just outside the top 1000 with 0:54:09 (1019th), David Maclean 01:00:46 (1649th), Peter Attenborough 01:02:36 (1790th), Martin Peel 01:03:33 (1844th), Will Clapp 01:03:59 (1866th), Ian Southwell 01:05:38 (1957th), Graeme Rolfe 01:07:39 (2050th), Gary Wallis 01:10:20 (2151st), Martin Hughes 01:11:17 (2163rd) & Michael Donington 01:17:14 (2263rd).
Elsewhere Ade Stewart took part in the 26-mile Belvoir Challenge; the popular event which is typically multi-terrain, muddy and undulating, follows public footpaths, byways, tracks and minor roads throughout the scenic Vale of Belvoir. Ade had a strong run whilst also enjoying the multiple foods station along the route to finish with an impressive 05:03:15 for 134th out of the 303 finishers.
Sunday also saw event one of 2018’s Leicester running league with the challenging 2-lapped Stilton 7; official results are yet to be published but Ray Lack & Steve King were the only Harborough runners to secure entry, with Steve taking the opportunity to cover his old stomping ground.
Further afield along the Esplanade des Allées in Cannes, Kyle Barber produced yet another stunning time, completing the 10Km de Canne in 0:34:28 finishing 75th of the 2044 other competitors.