ATHLETICS: Club finish 145 points ahead of nearest rivals

Eleanor Broome
Eleanor Broome

Long jump PB puts Broome into UK’s top 20

Eleanor Broome was the standout performer in what was a resounding Youth Development League Upper Age win for Rugby & Northampton in Worcester last Sunday.

Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club finished a staggering 145 points ahead of second-placed Birchfield Harriers with Marshall Milton Keynes a further 44 points behind to continue their clean sweep across the four YDL meetings through both age groups.

Under-20 Women were led by a record-breaking long jump from Broome, a personal best leap of 6.26 metres was enough to launch her to the top of the UK U20 ladder for this season.

Also wining in the field was Hannah Tapley who sealed top spot in the high jump (1.60m), while Kiona McLennon was at the double, winning the discus (33.82m) and shot put (11.40m).

On the track, Emma Bond (11:08.75) clinched the 3000m by almost 80 seconds, Hannah Shepherd (1:08.23) was victorious in the 400m hurdles and Kirsty Goddard (6:03.02) won the 1500m steeplechase.

The under-17 Women were also successful as Amy Walker set a new club record on her way to a pair of wins. She clinched top spot in the 1500m (4:51.05) before setting a new R&N best in the 1500m steeplechase by completing the course in 5:14.64, while Libby White (11:34.87) won the 3000m.

The track was also fruitful for the under-20 Men as six races were won by R&N athletes. Ben Musgrove was at the double as he crossed the line first in the 1500m (4:10.52) and 2000m steeplechase (6:56.25).

Rico Ewer won the 100m in 10.9 seconds, the 400m title went to Jack Hocking (49.56), while Zachary Stapleton came second in the 200m (21.86).

Over the hurdles, Chris Morgan (16.58) won the 110m race and 400m was clinched by Connor Aldridge (57.68). Meanwhile, in the field, Paddy Price toppled his competition in the hammer (53.33m)

Joel Khan was the under-17 Men’s standout as he set a club record of 2.07m on his way to top spot in the high jump, before achieving first in the triple jump (13.37m). It was also a good day for Sam Owusu, who recorded a personal best long jump of 6.52m to win the event.

Josh Faulds (51.55) won the 400m race while Joe Musgrove (2:01.00) and Adam Searle (4:23.55) were victorious in the 800m and 1500m respectively. Also winning their event was 100m hurdle runner Oliver Lambert (13.68).

The flurry of great individual performances was recreated in the the relay events as R&N were victorious in five of the races.

Both under-20 teams were victorious in their 4x100m races as the Men won in 44.04s while the Womens cross the line in 49.51s. Also crossing the 4x100m line first was the under-17 Men and their time, 44.06, puts them top of the UK U17 rankings.

In the 4x400m races it was top spot for both Mens team as the U17s crossed in (3:40.95) while the under-20s finished the relay in 3:34.92).