Whilst team GB were fighting for medals in Tokyo, Rugby and Northampton athletes were competing in the delayed County Championships at Corby and produced a whole array of outstanding performances from athletes young and old !
It was in the U13 and U15 girls, where R and N really shone, claiming over half of the available gold medals. The medal rush was started by Penelope Jones in the U13 hurdles and this was followed shortly by Isabella Banks in the U15 race. Ella Darby produced an outstanding display of middle distance running to claim gold in the both the U15 800m and 1500m races whilst Nyasha Mumbure, making her debut for the club won U15 discus gold. Lorna Stenhouse leapt for gold in the U15 high jump – a feat replicated by Megan Kostova in the U13 event. Megan then went on to also claim gold in the shot putt and Lily Riding and Alice Berrill completed the clean sweep in the U13 field events by clinching victory in the long jump and javelin respectively.
It was not only in the girls where R and N excelled – the boys did brilliantly also! Moyo Stumpenhusen won double gold in the U13 shot and discus and Charlie Gercs completed the throwing set of gold with victory in the javelin. Josh Sothcott powered to victory in the U15 300m – as did Nathan Lamb in the 1500m. Harry Pritchett claimed gold in the U15 triple jump – a feat replicated by Oke Okere in the long jump and William Speed-Andrews in the hammer
There were fine victories in the field for club throws coach Ray McKenna and Jeremy Gundle shone with gold in the U17 boys hammer and 400m.Emily Hinton strode to double gold in the U17 women 800m and 1500m and Zak Johnson claimed gold in the U17 javelin. Will Hunter also claimed gold in the U15 boys shot, as did Chantal Izah in the U17 girls high jump. Matthew Ward won gold in the U17 shot and Arthut Tilt battled to victory in the U15 3000m. Finlay Ward claimed top spot in the 3000m whilst Noah Bennet cruised to double victory in the 800m and 1500m. Eleanor Broome sprinted to victory in the senior 100m whilst Dominic Clarke and Elsie Bennett claimed victories in the U11 long jump and 75m. Pride of place perhaps goes to Craig Christian in the masters event, claiming victory in no less than three events. Well done to all those that took part.
Full results are here