ATHLETICS: RUGBY & Northampton Athletic Club’s Emily Waugh ran the race of her life, finishing an incredible 16th at the Dubai Marathon in the United Arab Emirates last weekend.
Running her first competitive marathon, Waugh was only beaten across the line by 15 elite female runners – completing the 26.2 mile course in a club record time of 2:38.43. Her average pace was 6:03 per mile.
The 24-year-old finished first in her age group, and was the only under-25 runner to finish in the top 50.
It was just reward for her commitment during 12 weeks of hard training, running well over 850 miles in preparation.
Continuing the international theme, R&N’s Eleanor Broome represented England at the Vienna Indoor Classic in Austria, competing for the first time since September.
The 18-year-old, an U20 athlete, produced an effort of 5.93m in the long jump, and that secured a fantastic fifth place against senior competition.
Back on UK shores, 64 of the club’s athletes took part in the Midland Cross Country Championships held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.
The U13 age group had the biggest success, with the girls winning the title and the boys clinching the silver medals.
Leading the way for the gold medal-winning squad was Alice Bates, covering the 3k course in 12:26 to finish in fifth place.
Arthur Tilt was the first R&N boy across the line over the same distance, timed at 12:06 in 11th position.
The highest individual placing came from Northants champion Adam Searle in the U17 men’s race.
He helped the R&N team to the silver medals when he finished fourth in 20:57 over 6k.
Bronze medals came courtesy of the U20 men, with Ben Musgrove leading them home in 13th place with 29:38 over a distance of 8k.
The U15 girls just missed the podium in fourth spot, but Claudia Searle finished in 18th place over 4k with a time of 16:45 to head her teammates of Molly Williams (21st – 16:52), Olivia Reeves (44th – 18:16) and Holly Walker (53rd – 18:29).
Dominic Jones had an excellent performance in the senior men’s 12k competition.
He achieved the highest ever placing by an R&N athlete when he claimed 12th place in 42:58.
Kirsty Goddard was the only competitor for R&N in the U20 Women’s 6k, but she had a good solid run in 21st spot on 28:19.