C & AC runners in the prizes

20/06 Updated: 20/06 18:43

NEARLY 300 runners turned out for The Harboro 5 Mile Road Race, held near Market Harborough in Leicestershire on Tuesday evening.

It was the sixth of the eight race Midland Grand Prix Series and four of the five Leamington C & AC athletes made the prize lists.

Tom Fullerton led the way by finishing second in a fast 26.56.

Nick Tawney, who was 36th in 30.55, took the M50 first prize for the fifth time in the series and, with two races remaining, cannot be beaten for the award.

Tawney had a battle with Sue Harrison and Dave Potter and with 600m to go only five metres seperated the three.

Finishing 10 seconds down on Nick, Sue Harrison, who is supported by The Warwickshire Golf Club and Warwick Sports, finished second lady in 31.05 and claimed the W40 first prize.

Dave Potter was just one place and five seconds further back and was first in the M55 category.

Graham Garlick completed the squad in 76th place in 33.56.

Meanwhile, a large Leamington C & AC contingent previously competed in the Banbury 5 mile road race.

It was the fifth race in the East Midlands Grand Prix series and C & AC were led home by Tom Foulerton who had an outstanding run to finish second overall in an excellent time of 26-44.

He was followed home by Nick Tawney, who is enjoying some very good form at the moment, in 44th place and 1st M50 in a time of 30-26.

Tawney contested a close battle throughout the race with club-mate Sue Harrison who continued her return to racing following injury.

The two of them swapped the lead several times, with Tawney eventually coming out on top. Harrison, who is supported by The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club and Warwick Sports shop, finished just five seconds behind him in 30-31, taking second place in the women’s race which was a big improvement on her run in Corby two weeks ago.

This time Harrison managed to reverse the positions with Dave Potter who finished 56th in 31-06 and third in the M55 category.

Potter was followed home by Ben Tawney who had a good run to finish 78th and second M20 in 32-21. Ben managed to hold off a challenge from his mum, Susie Tawney, who was next C & AC runner to finish, in 90th place and first F50, in a time of 33-01.

She was followed home by Graham Garlick in 104th (20th M40) in 33-45.

The third of the C & AC women, Tina Clemmensen, was next to finish in 134th place (5th F40) in a time of 35-06.

Alex Montgomery was also making a welcome return to racing following injurywas more than satisfied with his 146th place (9th M55). His time of 35-49 was more than a minute better than he was expecting.

Chris Pope was 153rd and 4th M20 in a time of 36-08, while Andrew Pope finished 217th (27th M45) in 39-04.

The club’s success was capped by the women’s team of Sue Harrison, Susie Tawney and Tina Clemmensen winning the overall women’s team prize.

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