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Newark Athletic Club put in good performances in cross country events and an all clubs run was announced on the half-marathon route





One of the biggest running races in the region was held at the weekend as the Midlands Cross Country Championships featured some of the best runners in the country.

The event was held in Newbould Comyn in Leamington Spa and was a tough course run over 12k which included a water crossing, plenty of mud and rolling hills.

Newark Athletic Club sent six athletes, who finished in fourth place.

Runners in action for Newark Athletic Club. Image: Leigh Marshall.
Runners in action for Newark Athletic Club. Image: Leigh Marshall.

The team managed to beat many larger clubs and a spokesman from the club said it was an impressive achievement.

It was also an improvement on last year's results which saw the club finish four places higher than in 2023.

George Hatton was the team's best runner, finishing in 24th.

The following day saw the first cross country race in the East Midlands League take place at Bramcote Park.

Newark Athletic Club men's team. Image: Newark Athletic Club.
Newark Athletic Club men's team. Image: Newark Athletic Club.

Tom Marshall finished in second, with Leigh Marshall in third, Chris Harrison came 21st, Alex O’Donnrll crossed in 52nd and Richard Peach finished 107th.

Leigh Marshall also finished second in the Midlands Masters.

An all-clubs run has been organised for February 18 at 9am from Rumbles Cafe at Sconce Park.

The run will follow the Newark Half-marathon route and will feature cut off points at different distances.

Newark Athletic Club members running. Image: Newark Athletic Club.
Newark Athletic Club members running. Image: Newark Athletic Club.

"The only difference on the course will be the start and finish which will be Rumbles, not Hawton Road and Tom Mann building," said organiser Peter Davis.

"It may be the last time we can use this route with the imminent closure of Hawton Road from March to November.

"This is to consolidate the launch of the Newark Half Marathon Virtual Race which will happen on the 10/11th August 2024."



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