Best result so far for ladies’ team too
George Goodwin continued his stellar start to 2014 as he added a top-30 finish in Division One of the Birmingham & District Invitational Cross Country League to his Warwickshire Under 20 Men’s Cross Country Championship from last weekend.
The 17-year-old had the honour of leading the R&N A team home on his league debut as he finished in 26th position with a time of 29.08 over 5.5 miles at Coventry’s Coundon Hall Park.
William Gardner (53rd, 30.23) was the next R&N man to complete three laps of the muddy conditions, while Robert Gardner achieved his highest-ever Birmingham league placing of 56th in a time of 30.27. Hywel Davies (61st, 30.32) finished ahead of Stephen Marks (31.46), who achieved 95th place on his league debut. Pete Belfield made up the A team with his highest placing so far, a time of 31.58 was enough to see him home in 101st, for a team position of ninth on the day, meaning R&N lie 10th in the overall series.
It was a day to remember for Vince Carroll (144th) as he notched up 50 appearances in the B team with a time of 33.27, while Terry Egan (191st) celebrated a century of scoring finishes for R&N as he ran a time of 35.20. Chris Lamb (111th, 32.18), Brendan Moen (135th, 33.05), Jonathan Sarkies (183rd, 35.05) with his highest placing and Nigel Roberts (35.11) helped secure seventh for the B team, who currently lie fifth in the series. Pete Thomas (209th, 36.13), Max Chippington (210th, 36.34) and Richard Franklin (236th, 39.58) were also in action in division one round three, with the fourth and final round set to take place on Saturday 8th February at Pittville Park, Cheltenham.
Emily Waugh’s time of 24.15 across 6km at Droitwich was enough to secure her 16th place in the Midland Women’s League and earn her the title of Senior Ladies Club Cross Country Champion for the first time.
Taking her third top-20 placing of the season, Waugh once again led the R&N ladies team, who took their highest placing of the campaign, finishing in 14th. Junior athletes Rosanna Andrews (30th, 25.05) and Tilly Lea (110th, 28.47) put in promising showings as they also scored for the club.
Kate Williams (113th, 29.04) just missed out on a scoring performance, while Helen West (147th, 31.52) and Kirstan Boynton (151st, 32.01) both performed solidly on their league debuts.
PICTURE BY TERRY AKIENS