Indoor County Champ
Sarah Ward of Harborough AC won the biggest race in her career to take gold in the senior women’s 1,500 metres at the Midlands Indoor Championships held in Birmingham, setting a new club record in the process, with a time of 4:58.43, the first ever sub-5 clocking by a Harborough senior woman. There was silver for Tom Fortnum in the under-20s 1,500m and a big personal best for Adam Barber in the under-17s, while Tom Dodd showed good speed to run 7.64s for 60 metres and 23.80s over 200.
A week later and nine cross country enthusiasts ran in unseasonal warm conditions in the rolling grounds of Harewood House near Leeds at the historic English National Championships. Eilidh Maclean and Beth Wallis delivered the pick of the Harborough results on the day, finishing 79th and 107th respectively in their age group. Tom Fortnum and Marise Taylor flew the flag for HAC in the junior men and senior women races, whilst in the 2,000+ strong men’s race Dan Taylor was first back in 814th, ahead of Jamie McAllister, David Maclean, Peter Attenborough and Gary Wallis. For most runners the Nationals conclude the cross-country season, with just the Inter-Counties and English Schools races to come in March.
Road races continue all year round and Sunday saw thirteen Harborough athletes complete the 16.45 miles of the Naseby 1645. Jacquie Hanmer finished 2nd in her age-group in a time of 2:00:38, just behind Rich Hudson and Steve King.
Club chairman John Thompson said: “Indoors, on the fields and on the roads club members continue to demonstrate the importance of good preparation. Sarah Ward has really committed to her training and is now reaping the rewards. To win Midlands gold is a major achievement in any athletic discipline and our congratulations go to Sarah”.