EMGP Race Report - Blisworth 5 Mile

 Well what a great start to the East Midlands Grand Prix! It wasn’t the showcase of Silverstone as in previous years but the long established Blisworth 5. A challenging course, well organised by Wootton Road Runners. A huge field of 450 included no less than 19 Harriers. 18 finished with Paul Marlow retiring due to a recurring calf problem. We hope to see you back soon Paul.


There were lots of new names, returning friends and the same old faces. It looks like the harriers will be able to field some strong teams this year. The best hope being the veteran men who finished second on the night, just pipped by Rugby & Northampton.

In fact, the first 4 places were filled by veteran men with Matt Fowler (28.38 and 3rd M40) heading the team home followed by the Phils, West (29.19 and 2nd M45) and Brigden (29.21. PB and 7th M40), with Steve Thompson (29.29 and 2nd M50) completing the team. William Howells (29.42 and 23rd MS) and Luke Myers (29.59 and 28th MS) both ran fantastic sub 30s. Rafal Busuk (30.05 and 19th M40) was just outside the 30 but promised he’ll get there next time. Ady King (31.59 and 6th M50) made a solid return to EMGP, followed by the ever-improving Bruce Whitehead (32.52 and 5th M55). There were two more top ten category performances from Jason English (33.29 and 10th M50) and Bill Robinson (34.01 and M55). Well done to Natasha Martin (34.53), first woman home for the Harriers and 5th senior woman in the race. The perennial Sean Gallagher (35.37 and 65th MS) came in just ahead of the consistent Elaine Fairbrother (35.46 and 4th F45). Congratulations to Kerry Munn (37.13) taking the main individual honours and winning the F55 on her quest to defend her EMGP 2018 crown. The Poncias, Ant (39.30 and 50th M40) and Babs (40.12 and 4th F50), made a welcome return and organised a fab team photo. Jackie King (45.10 and 13th F55), looking fresh capped a successful night.

Thanks to you newbies, hope you’ve caught the EMGP bug. Also, to Steve for carrying the camera for 5 miles in your sweaty mits.

With 19 Harriers, strong team results, a category win and 11 category top tens, we must do our best to keep the momentum. There are rivalries to continue and scores to settle so bring on the next seven races. See you at Rugby with the annual entertainment from their shouty starter man!