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Jacob Allen hits top form at BUCS Championships

Rugby Editorial 4th Feb, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

JACOB Allen continued his impressive form with a strong showing at the British Universities & Colleges Sports Cross Country Championships in Brighton.

Allen was representing St Mary’s University and produced an outstanding performance on Saturday to finish 32nd out of 314 athletes in the Men’s ‘A’ Race

He shot around the 12km course in 41 minutes and 34 seconds, which came after victory at the Midlands Cross Country Championships in his previous outing.

Team mate, George Goodwin, who was representing Stirling University, also impressed to place 71st amongst a huge field with a time of 43.04, in a race won by University of Birmingham’s Jonny Hay in 38.57.

The ‘B’ race saw William Gardner compete over the shorter 8km course, with 443 runners battling it out for victory and Gardner, of Sheffield University, dashed around in 28.13 to secure a 26th-place finish, while St Mary’s University’s Scott Halsted took the honours with a time of 26.45.

It was another busy weekend for Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club (R&N) and a number of athletes picked up personal-best times at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley.

Sierra Leonean athlete Adel Sesay clocked a lightning-fast 7.04 over 60 metres in the under-20 men’s event to claim a new PB, while Zachary Stapleton and Rico Ewer set respective times of 7.17 and 7.13 in the same category.

In the women’s under-20 event, Tia Clues set her fastest time to date over the 60-metre distance by crossing the line in 8.29 seconds, while Danny George posted 7.41 in the senior men’s event. James Wright was another athlete to celebrate a PB over the 60-metre distance, in the hurdles, clocking 8.33.

Under-20 athlete Katie Clubb carried her excellent cross-country season form on to the track to set a PB of 2:24.49 in the 800m, and Hizam Sheekh impressed in the men’s under-20 race, clocking 2:00.23. David Brooks, competing over the same distance in the senior men’s, saw his efforts rewarded with a time of 2:09.32.

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