CROSS COUNTRY: Emily’s best for R&N

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Charity Cup cross country races at Kettering

Emily Waugh firmly established herself as the current no.1 female cross country runner for Rugby & Northampton AC when she headed the Ladies team once again to finish in 3rd place in the Charity Cup at Kettering’s Wicksteed Park. Waugh covered the 4.9k course in 20 mins 5 secs to maintain her unbeaten record this season by any R&N athlete.

With back up from her younger Junior team mate Sarah Bennett, who clinched 4th in 20.35, this ensured the Ladies won the team competition.

Daisy Melville closed off the team in 6th spot on 21.21, but she was crowned County Champion in the NAA Masters Champs and won a second gold medal in leading her squad to a resounding victory in the team competition. The silver medal went to Alison Cooper in 7th overall with 21.44, while Angela Copson completed the team (13th in 22.24).

Also turning out were Kate Williams (14th in 22.43), Clarissa Blake (15th in 22.48) and Madeleine Smith (16th in 22.54).

In the Men’s race Jacob Allen also finished in 3rd place when he recorded 36.06 for the three lap 10k course and he led home the R&N team, which finished in third place.

The rest of the team included Masters with Brendan Moen finishing 10th in 38.32, followed by Vince Carroll (12th in 39.09), Neil Willsher (21st in 40.49) and Brian Summers (25th in 42.15). This quartet won the bronze medals in the NAA Champs. Although Alan Mould failed to make the Veteran team he actually made the scoring six in the Senior team when he finished 35th in 44.25 with Max Chippington 12 seconds back in 36th spot..

In the under 11 Girls’ race there was an emphatic victory for Olivia Lodge over the 2k distance when she was 13 seconds clear with 8 mins 43 secs. With back up from Isobel Thomas (7th in 9.39) and Fenella Downes (12th in 10.05) the team clinched 2nd position.

Harry Andrew won the corresponding Boys race over the same distance in 7.55 and helped the R&N squad to also finish second when Tom Bennett sealed 6th spot in 8.33 with Archie Wright two seconds behind in 9th. Also completing the course were Ben Randall (17th in 9.14), Jack Buchan (19th in 9.25), Euan Chippington (28th in 9.48) and Josh Randall (31st in 10.14).

The under 13 Girls were third in the team race with Georgia Willix leading them home in 6th place on 13.47 over the 3k circuit. She was backed up by Millie Mason (11th in 14.21) with Zoe Morling one place behind on 14.29. Millie Wright finished the course in 16.23 for 19th with Niamh Chippington one place and 5 seconds adrift, while Harriett Warden recorded 17.11 for 24th.

Matthew Rushton was timed at 12.21 for second spot in the under 13 Boys 3k event.