County bronze for Hywel

Hywel Davies
Hywel Davies
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Cross Country Championships

Newbold Comyn, Leamington

Hywel Davies won a bronze medal for Rugby & Northampton in the M35 race at the Warwickshire Cross Country Championships held at Leamington’s Newbold Comyn on Saturday.

He finished 16th overall in the Men’s race with a time of 37.43 and his Veteran team mate Iain Botheroyd clinched 30th spot to give him 11th in the Masters race with 40.13.

George Goodwin had a terrific run in the U17 Men’s competition to claim 5th spot with a time of 25.35. This helped R&N to seal fourth in the team race, which included Harry Hughes (18th in 29.08) and Adam Wright (28th in 31.53).

In the U20 Women’s event Emily Waugh recorded 25.30 for 6th position and Rhys James finished 9th in the U13 Boys’ section on 14.27 with Finn Hutton just six seconds behind in 11th.

Two Veteran ladies also took part with Jacqueline Jack in 56th overall (37th Master on 38.08) and Rebecca Wall 66th (44th Master with 40.04).



Rugby & Northampton AC came away with four individual titles and six team golds in the Northamptonshire Cross Country Championships held at Abington Park with all the victories coming from young athletes. While in the two Senior races one was noted for a former Champions comeback and another for an exhibition of cross country running.

Formerly employed in Northampton and now representing Swansea AC Sian Edwards travelled over from Wales and took the field apart in the Senior Ladies race in a display of running not seen since her international career six years ago. She recorded 19 mins 45 secs over a slightly extended 5k course to win by a minute and six seconds, which gave her a hat-trick of titles.

In the Mens race, ex-Northampton runner Mathew Almond defied the odds to win back the title he last won three years ago when he claimed a thirty second victory over defending champion Rory Grant. Almond, of Kettering has fought back from serious health issues in the last two years and admitted this third victory meant the most to him. He recorded 36 mins 55 secs on a course just over 10000 metres.

Kirsty Goddard of Rugby & Northampton had a convincing victory in the U15 Girls race over 3000m when she was timed at 12.59 for a 19 seconds win over clubmate Lily Carmichael and along with Ciara Moore in eighth on 14.53 they took team gold. The club had a clean sweep in the U13 Boys event over 2500m with Joshua Lay winning the title in 10.15 and Silver and Bronze going to Ewan Roberts (10.19) and Adam Searle (10.20) respectively. The U13 Girls also claimed gold over the same distance and were led home by Poppy Carmichael in third place on 11.15 who had back up from Emer Wintsch (4th in 11.23) and Georgia Willix (6th in 11.29). The individual title went to Tabatha Walford of Kettering with 10.37.

R&N were also victorious in both the under 11 individual and team races over 1700m. The Girls saw a win for Georgina Woodward in 7.30, followed by Abigail Pearce (2nd in in 7.37) and Zoe Morling (4th in 7.59). They had good back up from Jessica Maybin (5th in 8.04) and Molly Williams (6th in 8.06).

Ben Hope won the Boys event in 7.15, closely followed in second and third by Harry Andrew (7.16) and Ger Supple (7.18). Zac Thorman finished 6th in 7.35.

The final team victory for Rugby & Northampton came from the under 17 Men. Tom Charteress covered the 5k course in 21.02 to finish in 4th position and his winning team mates were Oliver Munns (5th in 21.50) and Edward Wise (6th in 22.01). Ketterings Liam Kirk won individual gold on 20.07.

In the first race of the day R&N’s Ben Musgrove won bronze in the U15 Boys category in a race won by defending champion Josh Cara of Kettering. The winner recorded 16.19 for 4200m while Musgrove was timed at 16.42 and with his clubmates Kyran Wilson (4th in 16.50) and Oskar Potomski (6th in 17.22) they took the silver medals. Over the same distance Bethan Goddard led the U17 Women for the club in 4th spot with 19.03 and along with Zoey Garlick (5th in 19.10) and Sian Williams (9th in 21.22) they also won silver.

Kayli Walford had a good victory for Kettering with 18.28.

The Senior Ladies from R&N had to surrender their team title to Wootton Road Runners, but Jo Pulsford was the first athlete home for the club in 7th place with a time of 22.36. Sarah Bennett followed in 10th on 22.56, but she had the consolation of winning the bronze medal in the U20 Womens category an event won so emphatically by Aldershot’s Melanie Wood in 21.27. Closing off the Senior team for R&N was Daisy Melville in 11th spot (23.07).

Chris Perez also clinched 7th position when leading home Rugby & Northampton in the Senior Mens race to record 38.52. In finishing 12th on 40.03 Luke Robinson won the silver medal in the Junior Mens competition behind Birchfield’s Grant. Making up the scoring six for the club were Chris Lamb (15th in 40.31), Brendan Moen (16th in 40.42), Vince Carroll (19th in 41.18) and Paul Jolliffe (25th in 43.20). They could only manage third in the team race yet again, while four time champion Tom Bark in 4th place had the honour of leading home Corby AC to a third title in a row and 12th overall.