TELFORD FEBRUARY 9th 2019
Rugby & Northampton Mens team finished in 8th place overall in Division One of the Birmingham Cross Country League after the fourth and final race hosted by Telford AC. It marked their best performance for eleven years.The 9k course around the grounds of Lilleshall National Sports Centre consisted of four laps and George Goodwin became only the third R&N athlete to make the top 5 when he recorded a time of 29:22 to clinch 5th place.
Dominic Jones returning to his best form chased him hard all the way and was 20 seconds adrift in 7th spot and he was followed by another impressive performance from Junior Haydn Arnall. After taking an emphatic victory two weeks earlier in the Three Counties XC league the 19 year old achieved a best ever 31st position with 31:07.
Fellow U20 clubmate Finn Hutton clinched a top 100 place for the first time with 33:06 to claim 93rd while Adnan Haq in his first outing of the season finished in 126th position on 34:16.
Completing the scoring six was debutant Duncan Birtwistle (133rd in 34:32). Their 9th spot on the day was enough to maintain 8th position from 16 teams in the final standings.
The B team were led home by Zak Allen with a personal best 156th spot on 35:38 and 10th place on the day kept the team in 9th overall.
The rest of the squad included Junior Adrian Kaczmarek with a best of 163rd on 35:39, Vince Carroll (165th in 36:11), Adam Bebbington (U20 with 37:32 for a best of 177th), Oliver Harvey ( pb of 186th in 37:58) and Terry Egan ( 210th in 40:17).