Sunday 14 October was a red letter day for Higham Harriers AC’s Jay Fallaize and Rachel Doherty. They were in winning form at a very wet Daventry Road Runners 10K.
Overcast skies and constant rain made for a gloomy backdrop to this popular club race hosted by Daventry Road Runners. However, the runners were a steadfast bunch and tested themselves on an undulating course consisting of underpasses, roads and footpaths that had been swept clear of leaves the day before by willing volunteers.
Jay Fallaize of Higham Harriers AC won the 2018 Daventry Road Runners 10K in 35:00. His teammate Nathan Jones finished second in 35:44 with Daniel Mould of Rugby & Northampton AC third in 36:04.
There were top honours for another Higham Harriers AC runner in the women’s race. Rachel Doherty won in 38:29 with only two seconds separating her from Vicki Cronin of Trafford AC who was second in 38:31. Kelly Barnett of Wellingborough & District AC was third in 39:44.
Rachel can add this to her growing list of first and second places this year at 10K and Half Marathon distance. Her impressive resume contains wins at Stanwick and East Midlands Grand Prix Weedon 10Ks; and victories at the Rock and Roll Liverpool Half Marathon, Copenhagen Half Marathon and runner up at the Boston Half Marathon and Kimbolton Castle Half Marathon.
There were 326 finishers at this 8th race in the Northampton Road Running League Series. They received a T-shirt, medal and a goody bag in Daventry Road Runners' distinctive purple that contained a variety of items to restore depleted energy levels.
Image courtesy of Stef Brooks.