RUGBY AND NORTHAMPTON THROWERS STAR IN KETTERING
Athletics Club also impress in Midland Road Relay Championships
A large contingent of throwers from R&N were competing in Northamptonshire on Saturday, in the Kettering Town Harriers Throws Open.
Josh Tutt, currently UK number one in the U13B shot put, further extended his personal best with an effort of 11.29 metres in what was one of a number of highlights from the competition.
Connor Cooke was making his first appearance in the U15B category, and he recorded PBs in both the shot and discus, registering respective distances of 9.23m and 21.75m.
U17M Fenton Bishop-Timmings competed in all four disciplines, throwing an excellent 39.50m in the Javelin, despite a strong cross wind adversely affecting the flight. He also registered new best efforts in the discus (27.99m) and hammer (22.21m).
Making his debut in the same category was Callum Cooke, who was rewarded with two PBs himself, 26.09m in the discus, and 9.09m in the shot.
Joshua Arimoro was another debutant, taking part in senior competition for the first time, and he producing PBs of 11.31m and 30.01m in the shot and discus.
U17W Lily-May Pursey also competed in all four throws and recorded a PB of 24.91m in the discus, before adding a competitive 10.59m in the shot and a season best 34.02 in the hammer.
Olivia Witts was involved in the same category and was just behind her team-mate, recording a PB of 33.09m.
In the younger age categories, it was another good day for Maia Reynolds who threw a PB in the discus — her throw of 25.86m moved her to number two in the UK at U15F, and she followed that with an impressive 9.65m in the shot.
In the U13G category of the same event, Lily Carlaw threw a massive PB, recording a distance of 9.42m. Her effort was just shy of the club record, but did move her up to number six in the UK Rankings.
R&N were also in action at the Midland 12 Stage Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park, where the men finished in a respectable 21st place at the Birmingham-based event.
The first four legs consisted of long stages of approximately 5.4 miles, while the remaining eight legs were ran over a shorter distance of five kilometres.
Mark Hill ran the opening stage for the club, proving the quickest with a time of 30 minutes and thirty-eight seconds, handing over to Pete Currington in 27th spot. He recorded 31:40, before Paul Birch ran leg three six seconds quicker. Lewis Cherry finished the fourth stage in 32:40, keeping the club in the top 30.
Daniel Nikel set the ball rolling for the 5k leg runners with a time of 21:15, and he was followed by Robert Male, who recorded the fastest R&N time of the day in 16:58.
Stage seven saw Joe Lantsbery hand over to Ben Musgrove with a time of 18:20, Musgrave in turn producing a good run of 17:09. Closing out the team were Joe Childs (18:49), Alistair McDonnell (18:26), Daniel Williams (17:39) and Richard Latimer (17:34).
There was a separate individual race for the U17 Men over 5k, and R&N’s Matthew Chronicle won the silver medal with a time of 16:47, which was faster than any athlete in the Senior team.
Unfortunately, the ladies had an incomplete team in the Midland 6 Stage event, however those in attendance performed impressively. Gabby Moriarty recorded 19:22 for the 5k on leg two, while Tilly Lea was timed at exactly 22 minutes over the same distance.
The long stage runners, Helen Jones and Minerva Chesser, recorded 40:11 and 40:27 respectively, while Kate Williams came home in 42:31 to round things off.