ATHLETICS: R&N Ladies run well in road relay event

GREAT DAY - Mark Armstrong, Sue Torrance, Bob Kellam, Paul Holmes and Karen Dykes after 'running the Claydons'
GREAT DAY - Mark Armstrong, Sue Torrance, Bob Kellam, Paul Holmes and Karen Dykes after 'running the Claydons'

Rugby & Northampton’s Senior Ladies competed in the National six-stage Road Relay at Sutton Park, giving a fine account of themselves to finish in 27th place.

After securing 11th in the Midland event two weeks ago, four of the squad returned for this competition, which consisted of two long legs of 5.38 miles and four shorter stages of 3.165 miles.

Gabriella Moriarty ran the opening long leg, as she did in the Midland six-stage, recording a time of 33 minutes and 53 seconds to hand over in 29th place. Lorna Latimer ran the first short stage on this occasion and was timed at 22:04 on leg two. She was followed by the newly-crowned Veteran Club Cross Country champion Helen Jones, who covered the three miles in 23:40.

In the Midland event, Emily Waugh ran the sixth fastest time for the short stage and, in completing the long stage this time, recorded 33:13 to make up an impressive four places.

Veteran Kate Williams ran leg five in 24:34, and running the anchor leg once again was Angela Copson. Copson, one week on from her record-breaking Manchester Marathon, completed the final stage in 21:56 to round off an excellent effort by the team.

Simon shows his speed to finish sixth

Simon Woodward had a strong run at the Buckingham parkrun on Saturday when he finished with a time of 19:56 to take sixth place.

Hayden Jelley (U13) proved that he has all-round talent when he completed Just Racing’s Duston Kids Triathlon on Saturday.

His older sister, Amy, raced on Saturday in the Youth category and grabbed third - an incredible achievement as she had a puncture for the entire bike route!

On Sunday, Amy competed in the Just Racing’s Duston Adult’s Triathlon and performed magnificently to take first place in the U20 age category.

Mark Armstrong, Sue Torrance, Bob Kellam, Paul Holmes and Karen Dykes took on Run the Claydons. This is a seven-mile multi-terrain race that covers fields, tracks, woods and the occasional road.

Paul Rose completed his 72nd Marathon in sunny Brighton, and he was mightily pleased with his 3:51 time.

Stewart Shears saw the opportunity for a new PB and seized it with both hands at the NRRL’s Corby 5k on Sunday in a time of 19:14. Brian Keers was next to cross the finish line for Silson, followed by Natasha King, Lucy King (U13), David Morley and Millie Rees (U15).

Gemma Hinton completed her first 10K race on Sunday at the Regency in a time of 50:04. Her daughter, Emily, also a Silson Jogger, ran in the kids’ 1k fun run and won it in 3:34.

Jake Morris (JM11-14) claimed second place at the Buckingham Junior parkrun in a quick time of 8:48.

Finally, Richard Popiel and Sue Torrance had a great time on Sunday as they completed the hilly 10-mile off-road Chedworth Roman Trail race which takes place near Cirencester.

Silson preparing for Silverstone event

With more than 440 entries and just over two weeks until their Silverstone 10k event on May 4, Silson Joggers are making the final preparations.

For the second year running the club are grateful to Wenlock Spring, as they are supplying the water for the halfway point and finish line.

For more information on the Silverstone 10K race, please visit the ‘Silverstone 10k’ page on the club website ( You can also ‘Like’ their dedicated ‘Silverstone Grand Prix 10K Race’ Facebook page or email them at