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Medal haul for young Rugby athletes in Loughborough

Steve Carpenter 31st Jan, 2017 Updated: 2nd Feb, 2017

ATHLETICS: RUGBY & Northampton Athletics Club were among the medals in an impressive display at the weekend’s Midland Cross Country Championships in Loughborough.

Adam Caulfield took home the Under-15 boys title in the Prestwold Hall event, covering the 4m course in 12 minutes and 58 seconds to edge out Charnwood’s Ethan O’Shea by six seconds.

For good measure, the youngster picked up a silver medal in the team race with backup from Ben Hope (11th – 13.53), Cian Hutton (27th – 14.20) and Myles Martin (52nd – 15.13).

Adam Searle won the very same title two years ago and, now in his first year in the Under-17 age group, was just four seconds away from adding another medal to his tally.

Searle claimed fourth position in 18.54 over 6km, but that did help the R&N squad in gaining another silver medal.

Joe Musgrove produced a fine run to secure 13th place in 19.56, and he was followed by Matthew Chronicle in 16th (20.03) and Muss-Ab Hassan in 28th (20.17).

A third silver was achieved by the U13 Girls team when Claudia Searle led them home, finishing tenth with a time of 14.02 over the 3k course. Her medal-winning teammates were Olivia Williams (15th – 14.15), Alice Bates (27th – 14.45) and Elspeth Unitt (52nd – 15.41).

It was bronze for the Under-15 Girls over 4km, with Molly Williams finishing in 19th place on 15.44 to lead home yet another medal-winning squad. Georgina Woodward (27th – 16.05), Holly Walker (29th – 16.07) and Isabelle Ripon (31st – 16.10) ensured a place on the podium.

Rebecca Leadbeater is the R&N Junior Women’s club champion for the second time, after clinching ninth in the Under-20 Women’s 5km race in 20.44.

Over the same distance, Amy Walker recorded 19.53 to finish tenth in the Under-17 Women’s section and her club colleagues included Olivia Sheehan (45th – 22.19), Hollie Moore (46th – 22.23) and Lauren Nash (58th – 25.07).

Aidan O’Brien crossed the line in 12th spot, recording a time of 12.59 in the Under-13 Boys event over the 3km route. Louis Buttrick was next over in 13.30 for 26th, and hot on his heels were Lewis Panter (31st – 13.43) and Michael Corbett (40th – 13.59).

Ben Musgrove became the Junior Men’s club champion when he finished 21st in the 8km Under-20 Men’s race in 33.05, with Joe Childs recording 36.38 for 35th.

In the Senior Men’s competition, William Gardner became only the second R&N athlete to make the top 30 when he placed 25th in 53.24 over a distance of 14.4km.

In doing so, Gardner became the club champion for the first time.

Veteran Paul Birch was the next man over the line in 57:29, and completing the six-man team were Daniel Williams (139th – 61:37), Nigel Roberts (193rd – 65:01), Adrian White (276th – 70:54) and John Saw (355th – 81:48).

Also this weekend, the club’s athletes were competing in multiple indoor events at Lee Valley, Loughborough and Sheffield.

In the latter, Ellena Ruddock broke the British F40 indoor record over 60 metres, the multiple medalist sprinting home in 7.96 seconds, while there was plenty of success to report from the Students Open in Loughborough.

Caleb Downes recorded a 60m sprint time of 6.93 in the Under-23M event, while in the hurdles Milan Clues set a personal best time of 9.89 in what was her first race in the age group.

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