CROSS COUNTRY: League runs at Abington Park

Runners at Abington Park on Saturday

Runners at Abington Park on Saturday

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Goodwin first home for club in Rugby & Northampton AC event

Rugby & Northampton AC hosted the Birmingham & District Cross Country League and the Midland Women’s Cross Country at Abington Park last Saturday, when the men’s ‘A’ team were led home by 18-year-old George Goodwin (35.19) in 30th place. The team finished 10th, lifting them to ninth in the Divison 1 table after two fixtures, while a seventh-place finish for the ‘B’ team, led by 117th-placed debutant Jack Murphy (38.36) leaves them sitting in that very position in their division. R&N had 29 athletes among the field of 267, equalling the club record set in 2003.

In the Women’s event, Katie Clubb was the first home for R&N - the 17-year-old came 60th with a time of 21.40, just ahead of Bethan Goddard (21.59) in 70th and 73rd-placed Vicky Nealon (22.05). Veteran Angela Copson (22.56) and another 17-year old, Leisha Mulvey (23.05), also impressed as the team finished 15th overall to leave them fourth in Division 2.