ATHLETICS: R&N lead the way in cross country league

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Rugby & Northampton AC lead the way going into the second round of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League at Aldersley Stadium this weekend.

The club, who will relocate from their current Sixfields base to a purpose-built track at Moulton College next year, lead Halesowen and Birchfield Harriers following the Hatton Country meet last month.

The under 13 boys were in fine form on that occasion, with Adam Searle, Joe Musgrove, Rhys James and Matthew Rushton scooping the top four positions, with team-mate and final scorer Ethan Kent Whittaker coming home in seventh.

Victories for the U11 boys, U13 boys and U13 firls with runners-up spots for the U11 girls, U15 boys and U17 women capped a dominant performance by the club, who scored a total of 6,756 points, leaving them a whopping 653 ahead of their nearest rivals.

Confidence is high as a result as the squad head to Wolverhampton this weekend for the second of five rounds across the winter season.

R&N sent senior squads to meets in the Birmingham & District Invitational Cross Country League and the Midlands Women Cross Country League last weekend.

In Division One of the B&D Invitational League, a time of 36.26 saw Hywel Davies finish as the highest R&N finisher at Leamington Spa, coming home in 43rd. Team-mate Seb Palmer was 16 seconds and seven places behind in 50th, while Chris Perez (68th, 37.30), Matt Howes (114th 39.06) and Ian Boothroyd (118th, 39.16) also scored to give the team a 12th place finish overall.

Emily Waugh ended in an impressive 15th in the Midland’s Women’s League thanks to a time of 29.09, finishing in front of team-mates Tilly Lea (121st, 35.16), Clarissa Blake (126th, 35.25), Sue Lawrence (134th, 55.57) and Eden Bates (136th, 36.03).

Other results: Birmingham & District Invitational Cross Country League: Steve Marshall (128th, 39.39) Brendan Moen (154th, 40.41), Vince Carroll (169th, 41.22), Stephen Miller (185th, 42.31), Paul Jolliffe (190th, 42.29), Brian Summers (196th, 43.00), Terry Egan (234th, 45.38), Pete Thomas (240th, 46.17), Max Chppington (245th, 46.54), Ian Husband (250th, 47.43), John Saw (272nd, 50.53).