ATHLETICS: Women’s National 6 stage road relay

The Rugby & Northampton ladies’ team achieved their best ever performance in the National 6 stage road relay when they finished in 22nd place at Sutton Park.

The fastest was once again London Marathon bound Jo Pulsford who ran the three-mile course in 17.48 to make up nine places on leg 4 and brought the squad into the top 30. Pulsford had already helped the team to finish 18th in the Midland event, but on this occasion they came home in 9th position from all the Midland teams taking part.

Two junior athletes were drafted in to strengthen the team with Emily Waugh fresh from the Home Countries International Cross Country, where she represented the Midlands, recording a time of 18.17 on the third stage to gain eight places for the club and following Pulsford was Gabriella Moriarty in her first season as a Junior Lady and was timed at 19.46 to move the team up a further place.

The veteran club cross country champion Angela Copson had earlier advanced the club seven places on leg two when she recorded 20.06 and her veteran clubmate Kate Williams ran the final leg in 20.13 and in doing so moved up four more places.

Louise Thompson has struggled with injury throughout the winter, but it didn’t prevent her from turning out for the club to run the opening leg in 20.31 and hand over in 52nd place and then watch her team mates gain 30 places to achieve that best ever result.

Greg Spellman sharpened up for the London Marathon when he finished in 6th place in the Flitwick 10k in a time of 35 mins 12 secs. The Rugby & Northampton veteran was second in the over 45 category. Terry Egan recorded 37.04 for 21st place, but it placed him third in the M50 section and Nathan Smith was in 73rd spot on 41.01.

In the ladies race Jo Love was 38th in 48.30 and Karen Spellman 56th in 51.32.