Northampton park run - Harriers dominate

There were some outstanding runs this weekend from the KTH Middle Distance Squad at the Northampton park run, which was well attended by 13 athletes ALL of whom amazingly set new PB's, and this success was picked up on the parkrun news article (attached below) titled "Northampton parkrun 84. The one where everyone got Yoofed”

The Harriers youngsters dominated the race in what was set up to be an intriguing showdown between the Hayes Twins (Jed/ Lewis), Jack Hope & Josh Cara all of whom were looking for a sub 17 min clocking, unfortunately a late withdrawal with Lewis due to injury took a little bit off the shine but we were still rewarded with a superb race.

The first three finishers were Harriers all in the JM15-19 category with Jack Hope building on his good early season XC form to take the individual race & squad victory with an excellently judged race, Josh had set the early pace with jack sat in determinedly on his shoulder and Jed Hayes battling hard with a group of runners just off the lead positions, but Jack proved too strong for Josh and powered his way to victory in the last 300m and in the process set a massive one minute PB of 16:35. Josh Cara was rewarded with second place in his debut parkrun also with a sub 17 clocking of 16:46 and Jed Hayes was a superb third also with a massive 42 second improvement with 17:01, just missing out on a sub 17 clocking, but importantly improving on Twin Lewis's PB by 9 seconds set some weeks earlier to ensure the friendly sibling rivalry continues!

This remarkable 1-2-3 finish was so nearly matched by the women/Girls race with Jess Gordon (JW15-19) who is being chased hard by the improving Claudia Nevett (JW14) ran a typically gutsy run in taking a superb woman's victory with a new 5 second PB of 19:22 to narrowly defeat Claudia who ran an excellent race to finish 1 second behind her and also setting a new 5 second PB of 19:23 to improve her JW 14 course record. Parkrun & 5k debutant 11 year old Emily Williams was 4th female home out of the 58 strong field with a superb debut time of 21:52 over the distance and on this showing will no doubt stamp her mark further in the coming years?

Also running well was Liam Kirk (JM15-19) with a debut run off 18:20 to finish 8th and Henri Codling (JM14) also with an impressive debut run of 20:14 to finish 21st, with Peter Goringe (VM50-54) seemingly inspired to set a new PB of 20:23 for 24th, and assistant Coach John Cairns also improved his time to finish with a new PB of 25:03.

The Robinson sister's (JW14) all ran superb new PB’s with the improving Amy Robinson a seasoned parkrun competitor with 23 finishes to her name running a terrific race with a 2 minute improvement with 22:34 for 7th, and Jennifer Robinson 10th girl home also with a much improved performance with 24.09, a 2:20 minute improvement, and youngest sister 10 year old Daisy Robinson finishing 20th with a near 2 minute improvement on her best with 27.39!