North Mids XC League – Corby

There were some terrific individual & team performances from the Harriers on a dismally wet and muddy Corby West Glebe park in the second round of the North Midland League.

Stand out performances of the day was a fantastic run form U15B Fynn Batkin for 2nd place in the individual race, and a Team Victory for the U17 Women’s Team!

First off was the combined U13B & U15G race over 3km, with the rested Dylan Bowley not running it was a close battle between Hal Robinson & Ollie Read in the early stages with the former just finishing ahead in 16th place with 12:30, and Ollie Read who has just returned to training following a broken arm finishing in 23rd (13:58) and Cole Sinnott & Joshua Geddes also both running well for 40 745th respectively helping the KTH team to a fine 4th place ahead of local rival and host club Corby AC.

In the U15 Emily Williams enjoyed a great race with an even paced run for 4th in 12:14 and is steadily improving in form, with new Harrier’s Alice Gammon making her club & XC debut running a fine race for 18th place (14:26), and Harriett Jolley also making her XC Debut also running well for 21st (14:45) both showing the promise of a lot more to come. The U15 Girls team also finished in a respectable 4th place.

In the combined U15B & U17W there was some fantastic running which brought the best performances of the day. Fynn Batkin enjoyed a superb race battling with the leaders throughout the 5km course, and he will surly reflect on the decision to allow a small gap to open up after 3km as he finished much the stronger reeling in Chesterfield Alex Ediker in the last km to finish just 2 seconds behind him in 2nd place in 18:45. Strong improver Josh Cannell ran a fine race to finish in 21st (20:19) just ahead of Thomas Jawad (20:58) who is also steadily improving, helping the team to 5th place, ahead of Corby AC.

Fynn Batkin fine individual run in the U15B for 2nd place

In the U17 Women’s team there were plenty of Harriers in the mix with a superb team victory, easily beating Nene Valley. Top scorer on the day was Claudia Nevett who is steadily making her way back to full fitness with an fine run for 6th place in 21:31, closely followed by Elana Albery (22:00) who enjoyed a fine run for 8th place, and Sophie Moss finishing strongly in 12th place (22:21) to complete the team scoring. Ella Palmer making her season XC debut ran well for 19th place 23:12), as did Chloe Hearne in 20th (23:16) with Amy Robinson & Hannah Winstone completing the strong team performance in 23rd (23:41) & 31st (24:54) respectively.

Some of the U17 Womens winning team.....very wet but happy!

In the senior women’s team Lauren Mehmet making a rare appearance on XC ran well for 45th (30:05) over the 6km course, with Trudi Pike 55th, Yvonne Mehmet 58th and Barbara Poncia 63rd packing well.

The senior Men’s race saw 10 Harriers in action (x3 running as U20) which was a terrific turn out, U20 Jack Hope was the first Harrier home with a much improved performance over the longer 10km course for 24th overall (7th U20) in an excellent 37:34 sowing he is getting to grips with the longer distance course, Phil west was next Harrier home with a strong run in 52nd overall and 5th V45 (40:02) with fellow U20 Edward Cannell putting in a decent performance in 85th (41:50), Regulars over XC Kemal Mehmet 125th, Martyn Winstone 135th & Andrew Clawson 148th all enjoyed good runs, and Josh Golding back from his firsts semester at university was 153rd, with Steve Geary, Ant Poncia, & Alan Rain in 175th, 181st & 202nd respectively.

In the mixed U11 there was a superb turnout from the Harriers with 12th athletes competing in the 2km race securing the Harriers a fine 5th place in the team event, ahead of local rivals Harborough AC & Corby AC. Alfie Frayne was the first Harrier home with a fine run in 7th place, with Ben Booker just behind in 9th and third scorer Daniel Short in 46th. There were decent performances from Samuel Barker 59th, and Madeline Moxey was first girl home for the Harriers in 64th with Porcia Thompson 69th, Masey Crick, Scarlett Maxwell 72nd, Ruby McCloud 75th, Isabell Brockway 84th, Imogen Nix 85th & Niamh Sinnott 86th.

The U17 men’s race produced a solid result for Jake Trent in his first XC outing with 12th place over the 6km course with 23:48, WITH Ethan Mehmet in 21st (25:32).

Last race of the day was the U13 Girls which saw a strong performance from the team which finished in an excellent 2nd place behind Chesterfield. Top scorer for the Harriers and enjoying a Battle with her team mate was Skye-lily Kay who ran a strong race to finish in 8th place over the 3km course with 13:32, with Freya Batkin just behind in 13th (13:46) also enjoying a solid run. Mia Brockway was third and final scorer for the harriers in a fine 23rd (14:20), with good support from Natalie Short 33rd (15:16), and the Toseland sisters Millie (39th in 16:10) and Sophie (41st in 16:29).

Well Done to all athletes, Charity Cup next race up at Wicksteed Park on 28th November.....Entery form on the website under fixtures