RUGBY & NORTHAMPTON ATHLETES STAR
ON AN ACTION-PACKED WEEKEND
Athletics Club out in force at multiple events around the country
Rugby & Northampton’s Angela Copson BEM won her eighth British Masters Cross Country title when she took victory in the W65 race in Liverpool at the weekend.
Completing the 6k course in a time of 27:49, Copson finished more than four minutes clear of her nearest competitors. It was the veteran athlete’s third consecutive title in this age group and it maintains her unbeaten Cross Country record in all Masters Championships with 27 straight victories.
Copson, who was honoured in the New Year with a British Empire medal for services to running, has now brought her overall gold medal tally to 83. Elsewhere, in the M60 8k race, Ian Wright secured 15th spot with a time of 38:19.
R&N’s young athletes were also in action, competing in a number of Open Meetings over the weekend. Among them was Josh Tutt, who climbed to the top of the UK rankings in the U13B Shot Put, achieving a personal best and club record effort of 11.23 metres at the Barrie Strange Memorial Throws meetings. Maya Reynolds (10.16) and Izzy Thomson (9.03) also set new PBs at the event in Oxford.
Meanwhile, at the Midland Indoor Open at the Alexander Stadium, Amelia Birkett cleared 2.90 metres in the U17W pole vault, again setting a new PB and a club record. Others to impress in the field were Fenton Bishop-Timings, who threw a 41.48-metre PB in the U17M javelin, and U17W Lily-May Pursey, who recorded 10.61m in the shot put.
More personal bests were smashed around the indoor track, too. Mary Beetham-Green (U17W – 7.92) and Ruby Wood (U13G – 8.71) both impressed in the 60m sprint, while U13B Georgo Barabas set a best time of 13.84 over 100m.
Milan Clues continued her progress with a 9.80 time over the 60m hurdles, and Xcena Pasqualin’s time of 10 seconds flat in the U13G race was a new PB and a club record. Pasqualin wasn’t done there, adding a 13.18 PB in the 70m hurdles, and a club record and personal best leap of 1.30m in the high jump.
U15G Eloise Nowill, who holds the outdoor club record in the high jump, made her seasonal debut and added the indoor record to her CV, registering 1.50m. Benjamin Lole (U15B – 10.09) and Megan Burge (U15G – 9.59) rounded off a fine day by setting club records in the triple jump.
The club also turned out in force at the Coventry Half Marathon on Sunday with 35 members completing the 13.1 mile course.
First to finish from the club was Mark Hill, who registered a new PB of 78 minutes. Not far behind Mark, in 16th and 18th places, were Chris Lamb and Paul Rigby with times just outside of one hour and 20 minutes.
Next over for R&N was Jonathan Taylor with another outstanding PB of 1:21:50. The first female finisher for the club was Sally Baker, finishing in 96 minutes and placing her as victor in her age group.
On the other side of the M69, a group of R&N athletes went even further in their preparations for the London Marathon, by completing the Ashby 20-mile race.
The outstanding performance of the day came from Vicky Nealon, who shaved 12 minutes off from her previous best time, claiming overall victory in the ladies race in an incredible 2:14:00.
For the men, Stephen Marks continued his outstanding form of late to claim sixth place overall in a time of 1:59:00. Not far behind Stephen, again with a PB, came ultra specialist Dean Oldfield in a time of 2:07.
Mike Andrews and Iain Botheroyd followed in 2:11 and 2:12 respectively, while the team was completed by the husband and wife pairing of Matt and Caroline Carroll, and Alistair McDonnell.
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