Berry Hill Park Classic
An excellent turn out by the club on Saturday saw a team of 25 members competing across their respective age category races on the national stage at this year’s Saucony ECCA national cross-country relays.
Once again being held at Berry Hill, Mansfield the event kicked off with the junior races and the Under 15 Boys team where A Barber, J O’Connell, Noah Smith combined well to complete their 2km legs with a time of 21:45 to finish 63 out of 93. Up next were the Under 17 Ladies relay with Lizzie Clapp, Eilidh Maclean and Beth Wallis, unfortunately due to a chip malfunction their split times could not be corroborated which led to a team DNF.
Our Senior Ladies teams then took to the field, racing 3 legs over a 3km course. The ‘A’ team of Sarah Ward, Jacquie Hanmer and Hannah Eveleigh all producing fine runs against the nations elite to see them home in 38th position from a field of 116. Our ‘B’ team of Lianne Brooks, Hazel O'Connell and Lucy Jenkinson combing to cross the line 75th, with Marise Taylor and Lin Farrow forming an incomplete ‘C’ team.
The final event of the day was the Senior Men’s race which consisted of 4 legs of 5km. Over the two lapped race the ‘A’ team of Matt Driver, Nick Pollard, Adam Eales and Jamie McAllister finished with an accumulative time of 01:14:54, over 2min 30sec quicker than 12months ago for 82nd out of 153 complete teams. The Harborough ‘B’ team of Will Clapp, Garry Hodgkins, David Maclean and Graeme Rolfe finishing 126th with Ian Southwell, David Ward & Simon Poynton forming an incomplete ‘C’ team.
Amon the team’s standout performances from Noah Smith, Sarah Ward, Lucy Jenkinson, Adam Eales and Will Clapp saw each of them take over 1min from their individual times set over the same course in 2017.
On Sunday a group of club members took the final opportunity to have one final run around Rockingham motor speedway before it closes its gates following the recent sale. Over the 10km race distance Ashley Cartwright was first Harborough AC runner across the finish line posting a time of 41min 55sec for 8th overall, with Steve King using the event to help pace friends from Harborough parkrun clocking in at 49min 23sec for 50th of 239 finishers. In the 10-mile event, Michael Brown had a great run stopping the clock at 01Hr 22Min 16Sec for 91st position, whilst Amanda King was doubling as tail runner for the and takes the honour of being the second to last runner to ever grace the track.