Harriers shine at Harborough and Corby

There was success on both the road and the track for Harriers athletes on Tuesday 14th June. Whilst the road runners were taking part in the Harborough 5 mile race, the County Steeplechase championships were being held at the Corby track.

At Harborough, it was the veteran men who had the best result, finishing third of the 15 teams. Phil West went inside 29 minutes for the first time this season, followed by Kemal Mehmet (31:46) and Paul Marlow (34:40). Paul Young, making a welcome return after a period on the sidelines due to injury, completed the team with a solid 36 minute run.

The senior men were a close seventh, with David Green staking a strong claim for an overall series prize as he again finished in the top five (26:52). Phil Nudds (33:40), Steve Green (35:21) and the ever-improving Anthony Poncia (36:06) all featured strongly.

It was good to see Dave Hanwell back in action, after a lay-off, with Rob Britten and Terry Coleman making up the men's contingent. On the women's side, Alison Moxey (40:44) and Amanda Marlow (42:28) were in action for KTH.

Meanwhile, there was a pitifully low turnout at Corby with just four athletes facing the barriers. Kettering's Imogen Stokes was the only lady entrant. Making her debut in the steeplechase, she bravely ran round by herself, showing good hurdling technique and fully deserved her gold medal. Jonny Goringe won the senior men's title with a slow time that still turned out to be a Championship Best Performance.