Join the fun at track relaunch

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To mark the start of the 2011 season on the newly refurbished athletics track at the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Rugby & Northampton AC are hosting an official opening ceremony including a series of events.

This is the first of 12 community based events to be held by the club as they ‘Run Towards 2012’.

The club challenges all local athletes, all other sports clubs, schools and the local community to pull together a team and take part in a fun filled afternoon.

It includes the R&N Mile, team based rlay challenges in the track and field for all ages and field event workshops.

The programme and ideas for this event have been developed by young athletes from the club.

n The event will be opened by former world 5,000m record holder David Moorcroft MBE at 1pm and attended by club athletes past and present, members of Rugby Borough Council and the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund.

n All former members of the athletics club are invited and would be very welcome.

The club are trying to contact as many of the Rugby & District record holders as possible.

To see if you are still a record holder check the website and please contact us!

n The cost for all participants will be £2 each for entry into your choice if events, payable on the day.

n For those entering the R&N Mile, entry will be £4 with all the money from the Mile to be donated to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Four-minute milers are very welcome as well as those who would just like to complete a mile.

n Relay Teams to be declared by Monday, March 28 9am for entry in the programme.

Relay Teams can enter after this time. If you would like the club to put you in a team they are happy to help!

n All questions regarding this event are to be emailed to Janet Wright on or call 07973 346437. For up to date details and entry forms please see the website

On The Track…..

1.15pm: Beijing Challenge

Teams of four runners run 100m twice in a continuous relay in a bid to beat the Beijing Olympics time set by the GB Best athlete – Michael Rimmer for Boys in 1:48.07 and Beijing Winner Pamela Jelimo for Girls in 01.54.87   Open to all.  

Awards for all teams dipping under the times.

Age group medals for Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17+ male and female.  

There may be finals for this event depending on entry.

2pm: The R&N Mile

This is open to everyone aged from 8-108!    All money raised from entries will go to Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

There will be different races for those serious athletes and those aiming to complete the mile.

2.30pm: Chasing Natz

Teams of four under 11’s (Year 3 to Year 5) running 4 x 50m to try and beat the R&N Club Record for Under 13 Girls 800m set by Natalie Goddard in 2010.

3pm: Chasing Dave –

Teams of five runners run 2 x 500m to try and beat Dave Moorcroft’s World Record breaking time 13:00.41.  

This is a virtual impossibility but will at least show how spectacular that world record was!  

Runners can be any age in any team.   Runners will have to send in their 800m time or an estimate of it and the team total will then be handicapped.  

Prizes to all teams dipping under 13.00.41 and the three best handicapped teams.

3.30pm: Grand Prix –

Olympic teams of five runners running in an action packed obstacle style relay.

Athletes have to run, jump and dive their way round the course to the finish.

Runners will compete in races for Under 11s and Under 13s.

In The Field…



Teams of three athletes trying to beat the Olympic record set at the Beijing Olympics by Andreas Thorkildsen  of  90.57m from the new runway.

Enter your javelin pb and we will put you in a team.



For senior school athletes with local coach

High Jump


Are you a potential high jump champion? Do you do well in school events?

Come and have a go at our workshop for pupils in Year 6 and 7.