ATHLETICS: Rugby & Northampton AC

Paul Birch, Mike Andrews, Iain Botheroyd, Stephen Marks and Dean Oldfield
Paul Birch, Mike Andrews, Iain Botheroyd, Stephen Marks and Dean Oldfield

Bronze and best ever result in Midland six stage road relay

The Midlands six stage road relay saw Rugby and Northampton field a mixed senior team as well as a full strength Masters team.

Helen Jones, Minerva Chesser, Tamara Hardman and Tilly Lea

Helen Jones, Minerva Chesser, Tamara Hardman and Tilly Lea

The first leg saw a welcome return to racing after six months for GB International Jacob Allen. His fifth position on the opening leg showed that initial steps back to fitness are going well and we should be able to lok out for stronger performances in the coming months.

The team eventually finished in 41st position with Joe Lantberry, Joe Childs, Pete Thomas, Matt Carrol and Alistair McDonnel completing the team.

Alongside the senior race was the Masters race for athletes over 35. The first leg saw Stephen Marks finish first Master and 12th overall in the race. This lead was held by Daniel Williams, Paul Birch and Ian Botheroyd over the first four of the six legs.

Leg 5 saw a change of lead as Rugby and Northampton fell behind Charnwood for the first time despite an excellent run from Mike Andrews.

The final leg saw Ultra specialist Dean Oldfield run another fast leg only to be overhauled in the final few metres - with the team finishing an outstanding third position and bronze medallists - the best ever position for the club.

The ladies’ team finished in 42nd position with international triathlete Tamara Hardman leading off, followed by Minerva Chesser, Tilly Lea and Helen Jones