LOUGHBOROUGH ARE FIRST BUT GOLD FOR TONBRIDGE
A CLOSE race saw Loughborough Students edge Tonbridge but the gold medal went to the Kent team after Loughborough were declared ineligible for a medal as university teams are no longer allowed medals unless all their runners are first-claim members of the team.
This left Tonbridge as the champions courtesy of strong running from Alasdair Kinloch, Jamie Goodge and James Puxty.
“It’s the first big event of the year and sets you up quite well for what’s yet to come,” the Tonbridge boys chimed, adding that their goal now will be to work hard to get into their successful senior team.
Triathlete Ben Dijkstra led the first stage for Leicester Coritanian but other teams showed more strength in depth as Loughborough and Tonbridge asserted themselves.
The Loughborough team saw strong running from Joe Arthur, Terry Fawden and Archie Walton, but the most impressive individual of the day in the event was probably Mahamad Mahamad, who made up 12 places for fourthplaced (and bronze medalwinning) Southampton with a swift final stage.
Also worth a mention are the Milton Keynes Distance Project, a new club which was mentioned in Athletics Weekly’s news pages recently, who were delighted to be on the podium in third place (for silver).
strong stage for Southampton
Ben Dijkstra (429) led the first stage for Leicester Coritanian
Archie Walton: brings the Loughborough students home