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Fleckney & Kibworth Athletics Club - KIBWORTH 6

Fleckney and Kibworth Athletics Club kicked off 2014 by hosting the opening fixture of the Leicestershire Road Running League with their own ‘Kibworth 6’ race with just under 500 athletes from the cream of county clubs taking part.

Recognised across the league as one of the most demanding of courses, the 6 mile challenge features unforgiving ascents of both Saddington and Gumley Hills - two of the steepest climbs in the entire Harborough district. The consensus from Fleckney & Kibworth’s peer clubs was of a well-organised and true challenge held in fine conditions.

For the club itself, the continuing catalogue of injuries and illness depleted the men’s entry. Nevertheless commitment and application were abundant throughout, no more so than in the form of Jamie Strange and Mike Turner who both came straight off night shifts to add their weight to the team cause.7

Indeed it was Jamie Strange who, with steely determination belying a lack of training miles, led the club’s men home 36th in 36:52. Next in was Steve Hollingsworth timed at 38:33 for 64th spot. Jit Hayre 96th (40:01) and Tom Lister 105th (40:30) also showed fine form.

Making up the important ‘eight to score’ category were Sam Pole 112th (40:56), Mike Turner 162nd (42:51), Steve Brocklebank 197th (45:09) and Martin Gabe 204th (45:14).

Remaining finishing times for the club’s men were:- Lee Pickering 223rd (46:50), Fraser Danvers 261st (49:23), Alan Gibson 266th (50:17), Jon Stone 302nd |(55:32), Jamie Owen 309th (56:58) and skipper Andy Kemp 312th (57:20).

For the ladies, with Kat Lovelock restricted to marshalling duties as she prepares for an assault on the forthcoming Midlands Cross Country Championship, it was Lorna Muskett who resumed her familiar role of leading the way with an excellent 17th place in 43:33. She was ably supported in the team points category by the evergreen Bernadette Owen 48th (47:07), Claire Beach 54th (47:53) and Lisa Stone 56th (48:03).

There were many other stirring efforts particularly by those who have joined the club within the past twelve months and were yet undaunted by the fearsome reputation of the course. The complete roll call was Sarah Pearson 110th (56:46), Joanne Raine 127th (59:56), Hannah Carter 128th (60:07), Adele Owen 132nd (60:39), Sarah Allen 140th (62:34), Natalie Sabin 141st (62:34) and Karen Page 142nd (62:35).

Commenting on the results, race director Dave Wheeler added: “Today saw a huge collective club effort as our earliest helpers were setting up in the early morning dark but high praise must go to all who tackled this tough course, especially many of our less seasoned runners who showed great pluck”.

For anyone interested in joining the club whether as a seasoned runner or a complete beginner, the club are just a few weeks into their new starters’ courses from Oadby Beauchamp College before returning to local roads and off road routes after the clocks change in March. Full details of all these activities may be accessed at

David Wheeler

Issue 359

February 2014

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