WILLIAM Gardner led the way for Rugby & Northampton AC by finishing 21st in the Birmingham & District Invitation Cross Country League.
Held in muddy conditions at Newbold Comyn last weekend, Carter completed the three-lap course in 35 minutes and 48 seconds, which earned him a 21st place finish.
And fellow 21-year-old Luke Robinson was the next athlete to cross the line for R&N, just under a minute later to claim 36th with both athletes recording their highest ever position.
Paul Birch was the club’s quickest runner over the age of 40 after completing the muddy 10k course in a time of 38:22 which was enough for 87th, and he was soon joined by the fastest junior, Joe Lantsbery, who was just 10 places behind with a time of 38:41.
Newcomers Michael Salisbury (37:13) and Hizam Sheekh (39:41) completed the R&N team which tool an 8th-place finish overall out of the 16 competing teams.
The ‘B’ team, which consisted of Patrick Jelley (39:59), Peter Belfield (40:10), Brendan Moen (40:58), Vince Carroll (42:22), Paul Shotton (42:59) and Max Chippington (43:05), also finished eighth in their section out of a field of 12.
In Saturday’s Midlands Women’s League, Emily Waugh shone yet again, as she earned her best ever result in the event, finishing eighth among a record field of 369 finishers.
Waugh completed the course in a time of 24:31, in a strong race that was won by Great Britain international Jess Judd (22:46).
Waugh’s fellow under-23 club-mate Bethan Goddard clocked a time of 28:10 to finish 84th, and Katie Clubb was just 22 seconds behind in 92nd, which completed the scoring for the R&N team and was enough for 15th position overall out of 40 teams.
Angela Copson finished narrowly outside the top 100, impressing with a time of 28:46 for the Masters Team, with Catherine Williams following that up with a time of 30:17. The scoring was completed by Wendy Jennings – a time of 32:48 helping the Masters to 19th place out of the 30 competing teams.