ATHLETICS: Promotion from Division 4 and Masters multi-event medals
Rugby & Northampton AC
Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club have won promotion from British Athletics League Division 4
Kyle Ennis was in outstanding form as he helped Rugby & Northampton gain promotion out of British Athletics League Division 4 on Saturday.
The athletics club secured their status as runners-up and a spot in the Division 4 promotion places in Doncaster courtesy of two first-place finishes from Ennis as he set a pair of new club records.
A month after setting an R&N record, Ennis broke it once again as he won the 100-metre race in 10.53 seconds.
He matched the feat in the 200m, breaking the previous club record of 21.04 by three hundredths of a second.
Meanwhile, Rico Ewer (PB 10.64) and Caleb Downes (SB 15.66) were victorious in the 100m and 200m B events respectively.
James Wright was another top performer with three impressive wins. A personal best of 1.85m was enough to win the high jump for Wright, while replicating that success in the long jump with an equally impressive leap of 6.65m.
He added a third triumph in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.83.
Adam Wright (1:54.59) was victorious in the 800m and Luke Townsend set a season-best 57.31 on his way to first place in the 400m hurdles.
Three other athletes set personal bests on the day as Elisha De Mello (10:00.67) won the 3000m steeplechase, Aidan Leeson (49.72) finished a runner-up in the 400m and Ben Musgrove (4:04.82) crossed the 1500m line in third.
In the B events there were wins for Joshua Faulds (52.53) in the 400m, Connor Aldridge (57.25) in the 400m hurdles and Townsend with a season’s best 15.66 on his way to 110m hurdles success.
Relay races proved very successful too for R&N, as the club won both the 4x100 (43.04) and 4x400 (3:25.05).
Joining James Wright with success in the field was veteran John Moreland (36.33m) who came third in the discus throw, and winning the long jump B was Sam Owusu (6.45m).
UK Masters Athletics
The UK Masters Athletics Multi Events Championships 2016 were held in Birmingham last month.
The event includes the decathlon, heptathlon and throws pentathlon across all of the age groups and a number of Rugby & Northampton AC athletes took part with a great deal of success.
In the throws pentathlon, athletes must compete in the hammer, shot, discus, javelin and heavy weight throw, with points being awarded for the distances achieved in each event.
Husband and wife, Kevin and Debbie Murch, were delighted medalists in the M55 and W55 category respectively.
Debbie was very consistent across each of the events and claimed a well deserved gold medal with a total point score of 3443, a new personal best, whilst Kevin took the bronze medal with 3298 pts.
Sally Hine competed in the W65 heptathlon and was very pleased to take the gold medal with 4545 points whilst Dave Cowley took a very hard won silver in the M65 decathlon scoring 5561 points.
Julia Jones running in the Classic 100m and 200m sprints in the W35 category set new personal best times of 14.59s and 30.76s respectively.