Anna runs into the history books
10:13am Thu Feb 02, 2017
The Newark Athletic Club under-15 girls team, left to right, Tilly Owens, Anna Smith, Maisie Archer-Dytch and Lauren Owens.
The Newark Athletic Club under-15 girls team, left to right, Tilly Owens, Anna Smith, Maisie Archer-Dytch and Lauren Owens.
Anna Smith became the first Newark winner at the Midlands Cross-country Championships for 30 years with an excellent run at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough.
Runners from Newark Athletic Club dealt with an undulating course that was sticky with mud underfoot.

Highlight of the day was a brilliant win for Anna Smith in the under-15 girls event.

She was the first Newark winner at the championships since the 1980s after crossing the line in 14mins 31secs — 11 seconds faster than her nearest rival.

Smith was supported by Tilly Owens, who finished 48th, Lauren Owens (60th) and Maisie Archer-Dytch (73rd).

The team was sixth overall.

Amelia Chrispin finished 23rd in the under-13 girls race, while Alice Gibbs crossed the line in 95th and Evie White was 103rd.

The under-17 women saw Amber Owens put in a strong run to finish in fourth, followed by Laura Bates in 18th and Eleanor Miller in 51st.

Ellie White was 11th in the under-20 women’s race.

There was a welcome return to competition after a series of injuries for Chloe Hubbard, who finished in 44th.

Lewis Gillooley-Rogers was the only runner in the under-13s boys and came 62nd, while Ben Smith was 12th in the under-15 boys’ race.

Max Cawthra was 18th in the under-17 men’s and Thomas Hubbard was 23rd in the under-20 men’s races.

The senior men enjoyed a good afternoon after overcoming the fact that the course was 15km — 3km longer than anticipated.

Linton Taylor finished 11th — the best ever placing by a Newark athlete.

He was followed home by Oli Carrington in 33rd.

Martin Waite was 95th, Tim Bagguley 131st, Craig Renton 237th and Gareth Owens 238th.

The men’s senior team finished 12th overall — their best ever placing.

Away from cross-country there was a good performance from Ricky Richmond who finished third in the under-20s 400m race at the Sheffield Indoor Open.

He crossed the line in 54.57.

He also gained a new personal best of 24.86secs in the 200m in coming home fourth.

Luke Sayer missed out on a medal as he finished fourth in the under-17s 400m with a personal best of 56.53secs — an improvement of three seconds.

He also gained a new personal best of 9.26m in the shot put to receive a silver medal.

Becky Gallop was in action at the Brass Monkey 10K held in Corby and was first lady to finish in 38-59

Notfast runners were in action at the Clumber Park free 10k.

Netty Stevens broke her 10km personal best by three minutes to complete her run in 53mins 57secs. Richard Hallam and Andy Floyd also finished the course.

Edward Casebourne and Stuart Ashley completed The Wilmot Wander Challenge Walk — a 32-mile circular walk around the outskirts of Derby.

After starting in the early hours of the morning, they battled through fog and rain to finish just after 6pm in a time of 10hrs 18mins.

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