Rugby athletes hit top form in Round Two of Midland League - The Rugby Observer

Rugby athletes hit top form in Round Two of Midland League

Rugby Editorial 19th Jun, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A BUSY week of action saw Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club produce a number of personal-best performances in Round Two of Midland League Division One.

The team travelled to Wolverhampton looking to build on their performance in Round One where they finished as runners-up.

And despite having a large number of athletes unavailable, the team performed magnificently to consolidate second spot in the league standings.

R&N made huge progress to finish just 16.6 points behind Birmingham-based Birchfield Harriers courtesy of a string of fine displays.

Two of those came from Jacob Allen, who made the journey back from university in London to claim victory in both the 1,500 (54.1 seconds) and 3,000 (8:30.50) metres with a dominant display of front running.

The team got off to a flying start thanks to Craig Murch, who won the hammer with a throw of 63.34 metres, while pole-vaulter Alisa Maclean took joint-first on her league debut.

Molly Barnett (16.0) led the way among the female athletes with a comfortable victory in the 100m hurdle events after finishing over two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

The R&N men put in a dominant display with victories for Adam Wright in the 800m. He ran 1:53.9 which secured his qualification for the ESAA championships, and John Moreland winning discus throw of 39.64m rounded off the day and confirmed second spot for the team.

A week later and the athletes returned to the Midlands, this time for the Midland Counties U20/Senior Championships in Birmingham, where Wright had that winning feeling once more as he took the 800m Gold in 1:54.23.

There was also success for Luke Townsend who fought off the competition to grab Gold in the 400m hurdles, crossing the line in 57.86.

Around the track, Jacob Allen (second – 3:51.71) and Clinton Osoba-George (third – 21.83) produced their best performances over 1500m and 200m respectively to secure their places on the podium.

In the field, Jessica Hull leaped 5.21m to finish as runner-up in the long jump, while Megan Exley’s throw of 37.64m earned her silver in the javelin.

Rounding off a busy schedule was the senior and veteran men’s teams, who moved to the top of the East Midlands Grand Prix standings with victory in Banbury.

The club triumphed in both categories with Daniel Mould achieving another personal best over five miles, posting a time of 27:49 to finish sixth overall and lead the club home for the third successive race.

The winning veteran squad was fronted by John Gercs in 12th position (28:36), which gave him a win in the M45 section, while Jonathan Burke (29:21) and Iain Botheroyd (29:23) finished 22nd and 23rd respectively, with Botheroyd claiming fifth spot among the M45s. Mike Andrews (37th – 30.05) and Terry Egan (45th – 30.36) completed the veteran team.

Alistair McDonnell crossed the line in 31st place in a time of 29:42 – moving him up to second place in the individual senior rankings – while Valerie Cross now leads the overall standings in the F65 category, recording 49:34 to clinch third place on the night.


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