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Woodward takes Bronze at County Championships

Rugby Editorial 7th Jan, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

GEORGINA Woodward did not let the challenging conditions at the Warwickshire County Cross Country Championships effect her performance as she claimed bronze in the Under-13 category.

Muddy conditions and a waterlogged course combined with wet conditions for most of the day faced the competitors at Cofton Park in Birmingham.

And the day got off to a flying start for Rugby & Northampton AC athletes with Woodward taking third place in the 200m race which secured her Warwickshire team selection for the inter-counties championships.

Another medal swiftly followed with the Under-13B team, which featured Edward Faulds, Cian Hutton and Myles Martin, taking team bronze after finishing sixth, 13th and 21st respectively.

A gutsy run from Faulds puts him in the selectors minds for the Warwickshire team.

The Under-15 girls team of Hollie Moore and Olivia Sheehan lined up with a very competitive field and demonstrated their improvement over the season to finish an impressive 5th and 11th respectively to give the Warwickshire team managers food for thought.

Most of the Under-15 boys competing are bottom of the age group and Jack Carey produced an outstanding performance to take tenth whilst Thomas Haynes finished 16th and Rhys James came 25th.

The final race for the junior athletes produced another medal, with Elisha de Mello taking a well deserved silver medal in the Under-20s race in one of the most competitive fields of the day.

A large senior men’s team ran over 11km and the standard was, as ever,extremely high but the athletes acquitted themselves extremely well.

The first Rugby athlete across the line was Paul Birch who finished 14th in a time of 38:12 and the next finisher was Stephen Marks in 39:43 to claim 27th place.

Marks was closely followed by Ian Botheroyd and Dean Oldfield and these four made up the four scorers in the Masters team which finished in silver position which was the first medal in the senior race for several years.

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