LEAMINGTON  NOV. 7th 2015


Rugby & Northampton AC had their biggest ever turnout for an opening race in the Mens Birmingham Cross Country League when 26 runners completed the Division One race at Leamington’s Newbold Comyn.

The muddy three lap 10k course also included a water filled ditch and a steep hill.

Leading home the club was Jacob Allen in a superb second place with a time of 33 mins 51 secs and the 21 year old had back up from the youngest ever squad to score in the team. Teenager George Goodwin finished 20th in 36.07.  William Gardner, the oldest at 22 was 10 secs adrift and Robert Male achieved his highest ever position in 62nd with 38.09.  Making his debut in the league was 17 year old Jack Bond who ran well to record 38.48 in 76th spot and closing off the A team was Luke Robinson for 112th on 40.42.

The team finished in 6th place, which was their best result for eight years and only the third time they have made the top 6 in 45 races.

The B team duplicated that position and were led home by Veteran Brendan Moen in 114th place on 40.49, followed closely by fellow veteran Iain Botheroyd just 7 seconds back in 118thCompleting the top 12 were Pete Belfield  ( 127th in 41.28 ), Alistair McDonnell ( 139th in 42.05),Joe Lantsbery ( 143rd in 42.17 ) and Veteran Vince Carroll ( 171st in 43.13 ).

Other finishers were :  Nigel Roberts  174th  43.17, Richard Latimer  179th  43.30, Jonathan Burke  194th  44.00, Alastair Gardner  195th  44.09, Max Chippington  212th  45.04, Terry Egan  221st  45.17, Tom Charteress  230th  45.59, Pete Thomas  235th  46.23, Oliver Harvey  236th  46.28, Oliver Munns  238th  46.28, Adrian White  242nd  47.00, Sonny Winston  277th  51.26, John Saw  291st  54.45 and Tim Coffey  297th  57.06.


The Midland Womens Cross Country League was held over 6k on the same course.

Gabby Moriarty in her first Senior race since re-joining the club after her return from University was in good form and led home R&N in 44th place with a time of 27 mins 13 secs.  Making her debut was Emma Bond, twin of Jack, who also put in a good performance in 59th spot  with exactly 28 mins, which placed her as the 16th Junior in the race. Just 2 seconds behind was another Junior Leisha Mulvey in 61st  and completing the team was veteran Newcomer Tamara Hardman in 87th with 28.58.  This put the team in 11th overall on the day, but 2nd in Division Two.

In the veteran competition Hardman clinched 23rd, followed by Veteran International Angela Copson in 40th with 30.21and then Helen Jones in 68th on 32.29 to give them 10th in the team race. Tilly Lea in her final year as a Junior recorded 31.47 for 150th . The 10 ladies from R&N were completed by Lorna Latimer  168th in 32.20, Minerva Chesser  246th in 35.21 and Alison Cobb  247th in 35.22.

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By ad-bryac / Administrator on Nov 21, 2015