DOMINANT Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club (R&N) stormed to success at the West Midlands Cross Country League in Wolverhampton.
The club’s youngsters produced a commanding performance and cruised to victory in Round 2 at the weekend, while Jacob Allen broke club record north of the border in Leeds.
The under-15 runners were the stars of the show, with Adam Searle leading home the boys in first place with a time of ten minutes and 44 seconds, closely followed by Joe Musgrove (10.54) and Adam Caulfield (11.00) in third and fifth place respectively. Completing the scoring for the team were Rhys James (10th-11.16) and Matthew Rushton (16th-11.30) as the boys raced to team victory.
Continuing with that age group, Amy Walker also earned personal glory and her time of 12:19 saw her take top spot in the girls race. The team took second position overall with Hollie Moore (11th-12.54), Georgina Woodward (19th-13.14), Abigail Pearce (20th-13.16) and Poppy Carmichael (25th-13.25) rounding off the scoring.
The under-17 women recorded a narrow team success, pipping RSCAC to victory by just two points.
Two runners secured top-six finishes – Emer Wintsch, a Great Britain triathlete, and Ella Rose Bromley, an England hockey player, posting respective times of 16.26 and 16.34 to earn them fifth and sixth spot. The team win was secured by Lily Carmichael, who crossed the line in 15th place with a time of 17.55.
Success continued for the under-11 boys, with three of the club’s youngsters positioned in the top ten. Henry Woodward (4th-5.30) and Louis Buttrick (5th-5.32) were closely followed by Oliver Birch (5.39) in eighth, before Lewis Gurney (15th-5.53) and Arthur Tilt (16th-5.56) sealed the team triumph.
Neve Satchwell put an impressive performance, grabbing sixth in 9.28, as the girls took second place in the under-13 race. A trio of athletes crossed the line in close proximity – Holly Walker (9.36), Claudia Searle and Rebecca Edwards (both 9.40) took 12th, 13th and 14th, and Amelia Dickens crossed the line just seven seconds later for 17th.
Elsewhere at the event, the under-11 girls finished third, the under-13 boys secured fourth and there was a fifth-placed finish for the under-17 men as R&N secured a huge overall victory. The triumph gives the club a commanding lead after two rounds, with three events remaining.
Also on Sunday, R&N’s 21-year-old middle-distance star Jacob Allen competed in the Leeds Abbey Dash, a race which incorporates the English National 10km Championship. Allen, representing England, took third place in the race with a phenomenal time of 29.48, just five seconds behind the winner.
That time earned him second in the Championship, and the run knocked more than a minute off the previous R&N club record, which was set by Mark McKay 11 years ago.