ATHLETICS: Waugh’s fourth win in Rugby 6

Emily Waugh - running cross country last year
Emily Waugh - running cross country last year

Rugby & Northampton AC

Emily Waugh’s dominance of the Rugby 6 continued as she crossed the line first for the fourth consecutive year to lead Rugby & Northampton to victory in the second race of the East Midlands Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Waugh retained the title which she has owned since 2013 by winning the ladies race in 37 minutes and 31 seconds, over a minute quicker than her nearest competition.

Next over the line for R&N was Vicky Nealon (40:24) in fifth place while Angela Copson secured 12th spot in 43:22. Copson’s fine performance saw her clinch the F65 title; the perfect preparation for her first European Masters 10k Road Championships appearance which takes place in Portugal on 20th May.

One place further back in 13th was Lorna Latimer (44:25) while the team was completed by Kate Williams (46:52) and Helen Jones (47:28) in 22nd and 26th respectively in the overall standings. Williams’ time was also enough for second place in the F55 category and Jones’ clinched sixth amongst the F45.

R&N made it a double when the Senior Men took first place and were led home by Stephen Marks (33:49) in sixth to add his name to the Tony Hetherington Memorial Trophy for the highest finishing R&N athlete.

Daniel Mould finished seventh in 34:16 and he was followed by two club veterans, with Paul Birch (35:58) clinching 16th spot overall and third in the M40 competition, while Brendan Moen (36:16) finished 5th in the M45 and 19th in the race.

Three seconds and one place behind Moen was Daniel Williams and chasing him home was the first under-20 man, Joseph Childs, with a superb run of 36:34 to take 21st.

The Veteran Men’s team finished in second place and joining Birch and Moen in the squad were Terry Egan in 29th overall on 37:05 – which placed him second in the M55 – and Nigel Roberts (38:08) who finished 10th in the M45 and 40th overall.