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Double joy for Rugby athletes at Vitality London 10,000m road race

Steve Carpenter 6th Jun, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

RUGBY & Northampton (R&N) produce strong performances at the Vitality London 10,000m road race and event four of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series

Gabrielle Moriarty shone on her debut to lead the R&N Women’s team in the Vitality London 10,000m road race on May 30.

Moriarty completed her first race over the distance in 38 minutes and 36 seconds to become the first R&N athlete over the line and finish in 59th place.

Achieving a personal best was Lorna Latimer who covered the course in 42.50 for 184th spot, and two places and one second behind was Angela Copson, producing a season’s best to clinch victory in the W65 category at the third time of trying over the distance this year.

Helen Jones (47.33) set a personal best to finish in the top 40 in the W45 age group, and 410th overall, while Kate Williams claimed 13th position amongst the over-55s in 48:29 (476th). Completing the squad was Minerva Chesser with a lifetime best of 49:10 (538th).

It was also a successful race for the two R&N male athletes taking part as 20-year-old Elisha De Mello, making his 10,000m debut, finished in 47th with a time of 32.20, and Alistair McDonnell (35.26) beat his personal best by 45 seconds to cross the line 194th overall.

A day later, Stephen Marks led home R&N in the Corby Five when he finished in fifth place with a time of 27.44.

The five-mile race, which is held in East Carlton and finishes in the Country Park, was the fourth event in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series and Marks went one place better than he did in the Rugby Six.

In 12th spot was Daniel Mould (28.38), followed by Daniel Williams (30.30) in 27th position.

Completing the senior team, which finished second on the night, was M45 veteran Nigel Roberts (31.03) who took sixth in his age category and 33rd overall.

Alan Mould (34.31) secured third in the M55 and William McMurtrie (34.35) crossed the line in the same position in the M20 age group.

Meanwhile, Laurence Scott (34.43) claimed eighth in the M50 and Alex McMurtrie (35.24) finished 11th in the M45 as the veteran team sealed sixth place.

Two ladies took part for R&N with Helen Jones recording 38:32 for 23rd overall and fifth in the F45 while Kate Williams (39.01) was two places adrift; fourth in the over-55s.

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