22nd Mar, 2018

R&N's Broome takes silver at indoor championships

RUGBY and Northampton’s Eleanor Broome got her hands on a silver medal at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships at the weekend, setting an indoor personal best and a new club record in the process.

Following up her recent success at the British University Championships, Broome registered a fantastic jump of six metres and 17 centimetres, which looked good for gold until fellow international Holly Mills edged past with the final jump of the competition.

In what was a supremely high Under-20 standard, the three medalists moved up to fifth, sixth and seventh respectively in the female UK rankings.

Elsewhere, 60 athletes took part for R&N in the English National Cross Country Championships, when the event was held at Parliament Hill Fields in London last weekend.

The highest team placing came from the 13 Girls who finished in ninth spot over a three-kilometre course.

Alice Bates flew the flag to claim 39th place in 13 minutes and 25 seconds, with Olivia Williams just six seconds behind in 46th position.

Completing the quartet were Alice Bennett (109th – 14:07) and Madeleine Jacks (179th – 14:34).

The U13 Boys over the same distance were placed 18th in the team race, with Arthur Tilt leading the way in 76th position in12:46.

Half a minute behind was Jenson Buttrick (163rd), and hot on his heels were Louis Buttrick (206th – 13:30) and Cian Shea (239th – 13:41).

Matthew Chronicle covered 6k in 21:10 to head the U17 Men when he crossed the line in 37th position, with Muss-Ab Hassan recording 21:52 for 78th.

With Ben Hope finishing 111th in 22:20, and Joe Musgrove in 189th in 23:19, the squad secured an excellent 13th place.

The U17 Women claimed 22nd spot, and the four athletes that took part were led home by Amy Walker in 84th place with 21:23.

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