Rugby & Northampton AC turned out 45 runners in their home fixture of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series. The Rugby 6 mile road race was the third event in the series and the host club had a clean sweep of all four team categories.
The most notable performance came from Tori Green with a massive personal best of 36 mins 52 secs to take her first ever victory in the Ladies race and make it 6 wins out of the last 7 for an R&N lady in the Rugby 6.
Amy Sarkies made it a 1-2 for the club for the first time in an EMGP race by winning the F40 competition in 37:37 and clinching top spot in the F50 race was Sally Baker in 7th position on 40:14 for a resounding ladies team victory.
The R&N Veteran Women won by an even bigger margin when Tamara Hardman joined Sarkies and Baker in the team to clinch 2nd F50 and 13th overall in 43:02.
The domination of the over 50 race continued when Elaine Morris finished 3rd (14th overall) in 43:10 and Alison Cobb in 4th (24th in 44:26 ), who was just one place and four seconds behind Judith Rose ( 3rd in the F45 category).
Valerie Cross took her first win in the F65 event in 64:26.
Alistair McDonnell improved by over two minutes from last years race when he led home the R&N men in 3rd place with 31:51 and took home the Tony Hetherington memorial trophy now in its 10th year. He had back up from M40 athlete Stephen Marks whose 6th position in 33:54 gave him 2nd spot in the age group.
Daniel Williams became the 40th R&N man to make the top 10 in a Grand Prix race since the clubs merger in 2002 and his time of 34:22 gave him 10th place. Completing the winning Mens team for the club was U20 athlete Joe Childs when his 12th position clinched the age category in a pb of 34:24.
Dave Ball was the next man home in a respectable 14th spot in 34:42 with Dean Oldfield following in 35:50 ( 27th and M40 6th ) to join Marks in the victorious Veteran team. Making up that quartet were Richard Stevens ( M40 13th in 38:16 ) and Max Chippington ( M50 8th in 39:33 ).
Other Senior Men to break 40 mins were Matthew Gee (35th in 36:28 ), Jonathan Burke (48th in 37:58 ), Dan Hartwell ( 62nd in 38:55 ) along with veteran Richard Thomas ( M40 18th in 39:57 ).