On Saturday the HPRC parkrun challenge descended upon Melton Mowbray, with an impressive 23 members making the trip. The reigning challenge king Alex Loach was first across the line in 18:05, with Christine Heaton (79.71%) and Julie McGeorge (77.78%) the highest age gradings.
Sunday was the final fixture of the East Midlands cross country league. As has been the case throughout the series, HPRC were well represented and were rewarded with victories in team categories for Senior Men’s C, Senior Ladies B, Vets Men’s A, B & C and Vet Ladies A, B & C.
Cross country of a different sort saw a few club members in the Peak District for the Wildest Peaks Trail Races, which feature either a 10.6km or 25.6km route. HPRC’s Wayne McAneaney was the winner of the Short race.
This weekend sees one of the biggest events in the calendar, with the English National Cross Country Championships at the iconic Parliament Hill venue. HPRC’s men’s and women’s teams will be amongst the record 9472 runners entered in the event this year.
There’s also a muddy challenge closer to home on Saturday, with the 15 or 26 miles of The Belvoir Challenge. With some of the most well-stocked bounteous checkpoints of any race, it’s “arguably the only event of its nature where entrants can put weight on“.
For those racing the clock, it’s also the Carsington Water 10K & Half Marathon and the East Midlands 10K, the latter at NWSC where “runners will take in the breathtaking views around this facility completing 2 x 5km laps of the regatta lake“!