RUGBY & NORTHAMPTON RETAIN BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE LEAD

Athletics Club sit top after top-three finish in Match Two

 

 

Rugby & Northampton finished third in a competitive British Athletics League Division Three event hosted in Chelmsford over the weekend, a result which keeps the club top of the overall standings after two matches.

 

It was on the track where the club starred, with Kyle Ennis enjoying a highly successful day. He took first in the 100m and 200m A races with respective times of 10.72 and 21.72 seconds, and was part of the 4x100m relay team which finished in top spot in 42.75.

Adel Sesay, Rico Ewer and Clinton Osoba-George made up the rest of that triumphant quartet, with Ewer also quickest in the 100m B in 10.97. Osoba-George and Sesay landed a one-two among non-scoring runners, with the former setting a season best of 11.18 before adding third in the 200m B, with 22.80.

 

There was double joy in the 5000m where Jacob Allen’s 14:45.02 was a season best and ensured he was first over the line in the A, while Ben Musgrave set a PB of 15:49.77 to win the B string.

 

Connor Aldridge set his best time of the season, recording 56.43 to take second in the 400m A hurdles, and there was a third spot in the B race for Charles Barker, courtesy of 61.94.

 

In the field, Craig Murch took honours in the hammer throw, with a winning effort of 68.41 metres. U23 Josh Arimoro impressed, with a PB of 12.08 earning him second in the shot put, and he added a third-placed finish in the discus with an effort of 33.98m.

Elsewhere, R&N athletes were in action at the Vitality London 10k, where Angela Copson set her 35th European Masters record.

 

In winning the W70 category, Copson knocked 39 seconds off the previous record which has stood for 13 years with a gun time of 45 minutes and 11 seconds. The veteran athlete has now broken a British Record in three different distances for her age group so far in 2017, with one of them being a world best.

 

Five of her club-mates were also taking part, with Zoe Shepherd leading them home in 44:22 (1305th). Then Copson (1434th) was followed home by Helen Jones  (46:19 – 1779th), which placed her as the 20th W50.

 

Minerva Chesser (2292nd) recorded 48:19 for 45th in the W40 category, Kate Williams (2929th) was the 15th W55 in 50:17, and completing the squad was Rebecca Hutson (8380th) in 1:04.31.