Hills, Gardens & A Returning Legend
This week’s Harborough AC involvement started Thursday evening at the inaugural Race Harborough Marston trouble 10km. Set on the outskirts of Harborough at Marston Lodge, the working farm which borders Northamptonshire offered a stunning scenic backdrop, whilst harboring some interesting rolling countryside – perfect for a trail run.
As you would expect for a local event, the field was well populated by our club colours with 29 Harborough AC runners among the 171 finishers, including an impressive return to action for Sean Fenwick who finished 3rd overall (1st M 45) in a time of 0:40:52 leading the men’s team home with Christine Voelkerling in 52nd (1st F 50) clocking 0:54:52 to lead the ladies team home.
Over the weekend, Adam Brooks led a team of four to Hathersage in the Peak district for 2018’s Fat Boys Stanage Struggle Fell Race with the quartet acquitting themselves well over the challenging terrain, which incorporates 355m of climb within its 10Km route. Adam was first home showing once again his strength over the format finishing 38th of 276 in 0:48:20, just under 90 seconds quicker than last year, followed home by Ian Southwell (154th), Martin Hughes (175th) and Dean Rushby (185th).
Elsewhere on Sunday the foursome of Kev Burgess, Nick Osborne, Simon Poynton and Haydn Young ventured over to Rutland water to take part across the marathon and half marathon races. Over the 26.2-mile distance Haydn Young ran in with a time of 04:44:13 for 174th, as Kevin Burgess broke his personal target of sub 1hr30min finishing 9th overall in an impressive 01:28:42, followed by Nick Osborne in 01:42:19 and Simon Poynton finishing 02:02:01 as he continues his half marathon challenge.
This year’s Cransley hospice 10Km attracted two club runners, Chris Loake and Ntola Obazee who enjoyed the popular event which starts with a short tour of Cranford village before heading out on an out and back route taking in the surrounding Northamptonshire countryside. Chris was first home in 0:51:05 for 70th with Ntola a couple of minutes back with 0:58:04, finishing 134th of 239 runners as she steps up her marathon training.
On Saturday, Leanne Shrive continued her rich vein of form with another personal best performance, knocking 30 seconds off her previous time. An excellent performance saw Leanne clock a chip time of 56:06 in a packed field of over 2000 finishers at the Richmond Runfest 10Km set with in the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.