Allen continues fine form at British Universities Cross Country Championships

Jacob Allen
Jacob Allen

Jacob Allen continued his impressive form with an outstanding performance at the British Universities & Colleges Sports Cross Country Championships in Brighton on Saturday, on what was a busy weekend for Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club.

Allen, representing St Mary’s University, shot around the 12km course in 41 minutes and 34 seconds to finish 32nd out of 314 athletes in the men’s A race, which came after victory at the Midlands Cross Country Championships in his previous outing.

Allen’s R&N club-mate, Stirling University’s George Goodwin, 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.

Gardner, of Sheffield University, dashed around in 28.13 to secure a fantastic 26th-place finish, while St Mary’s University’s Scott Halsted taking the honours with a time of 26.45.

The competing field was even bigger in the women’s race, with 497 athletes taking to the 6.4km course in East Sussex.

Bethan Goddard was R&N’s sole representative in the event and she finished 197th after crossing the line in 29.55.

Meanwhile, a number of R&N athletes came away from the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley with new personal bests to their name.

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.