CROSS COUNTRY: Midlands Championships

Wollaton Park, Nottingham, January 28

The under 17 Ladies team were the highlight for Rugby & Northampton AC at the Midland Cross Country Championships when they won the bronze medals at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.

Competing in the 5k race on a dry and bright Saturday afternoon the squad were led home by Clarissa Blake and the 16 year old finished in 26th place with a time of 21 mins 1 sec. Just eight seconds behind was Mary Hughes in 29th spot and completing the successful trio was Genevieve Roberts with 21.27 for 35th position. They also had back up from Tilly Lea who crossed the line in 43rd with 21.50.

The highest individual placing for R&N came from Amy Dunstan in the under 15 Girls 4k event where the club had 11 athletes taking part. Dunstan had an excellent run to finish in 6th spot with 15.20 and joining her in the team, which finished in 5th place were Charlotte Murphy ( 33rd in 16.36), Kirsty Goddard (37th in 16.52) and Rebecca Pinto (43rd in 17.06).

Making up the clubs biggest squad of the day in all races were Zoey Garlick (57th in 17.25), Katie Williamson (66th in 17.53), Natalie Goddard (69th in 18.00), Isobel Hughes (71st in 18.02), Alison Inwood (77th in 18.19), Sian Williams (92nd in 19.25) and Emily Valentine (95th in 19.52).

George Goodwin was the pick of the male runners and the Warwickshire under 17 bronze medal winner finished in 7th place over the 6k distance with a time of 20.26 and he was followed by Joseph Lantsbery (35th in 21.36) and Tom Charteress (54th in 22.18).

The under 15 boys saw Harry Hughes finish in 13th place when he was timed at 14.10 in the 4k race and he headed a squad, which finished in 12th place for R&N. The other team members were Kyran Wilson (49th in 15.00), Ben Musgrove (68th in 15.32) and Adam Wright (93rd in 16.27).Support was provided by Christopher Male in 104th with 18.32.

Also finishing in 13th place was Haydn Arnall in the under 13 boys 3k when he crossed the line in 11.03.Cameron Roberts (47th in 11.53), Ewan Roberts (50th in 11.59) and Joe Musgrove (61st in 12.13) were the other members of the team that clinched 5th spot with Thomas Lea also finishing in 13.17 for 87th.

Leading home the under 13 girls, which finished in 9th position was Lily Carmichael and she covered the 3k course in exactly 12 minutes for 19th place. Nine seconds behind in 23rd was Ella Bromley and completing the quartet were Georgia Willix (61st in 13.11) and Millie Mason (84th in 13.40).

Also turning out for the club were Charlotte Valentine (95th in 14.12), Abigayle Caborn (110th in 14.52), Poppy Carmichael (121st in 15.39) and Niamh Chipping ton (125th in 16.07).

In the Senior Mens race Stuart Nelson repeated his position of four years ago when he finished in 53rd place over the four lap 12k course in a time of 41 mins 6 secs. He helped the team to finish in 12th place with Liam Ratcliffe also making his second appearance in the race and claiming 98th spot with 43.54.

Just 11 seconds behind was fast improving Seb Palmer in 103rd spot with Brendan Moen coming home next (122nd in 44.48) followed by Vince Carroll (141st in 45.38).

Despite an injury mid race Terry Egan managed to complete the course in 46.23 for 161st and in doing so scored in the team for the 22nd time in these Championships.

Just missing out on the top six for R&N was Neil Willsher (182nd in 47.19) and he was followed by Brian Summers (261st in 50.42) and Max Chipping ton (274th in 51.37).

The Senior Ladies took on a distance of 8k and Northants Champion Sian Edwards of Kettering finished in 8th place with 29.06, but it was Daisy Melville who led home the R&N Ladies for the first time ever in 59th spot on 34.17 and defeated reigning club champion Jo Pulsford (61st) by nine seconds.

Angela Copson crossed the line in 71st with 35.15 and Kate Williams 77th (35.52), which put the Ladies 9th in the team race. Rachel Shaw (88th in 36.19) and Tricia Garner (136th in 41.30) provided good back up.

The same distance was covered by the Under 20 Men and Rory Grant finished in 27th with 27.41 and was supported by Luke Robinson (44th in 29.15) and Robert Male (54th in 30.03).

Eleanor Barnes recorded 23.51 in the Under 20 Womens race over 5k to finish in 33rd with Lauren Byrd just one place and ten seconds behind.