ATHLETICS: First national cross country medal

Jacob Allen near the front at the start at Parliament Hill
Jacob Allen near the front at the start at Parliament Hill

Rugby & Northampton AC

Youngster secures Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club’s first-ever National Cross Country Championships medal

Adam Caulfield became Rugby and Northampton Athletic Club’s first-ever National Cross Country Championships medallist when he won bronze in London on Saturday.​

Caulfield took his place among a field of 395 under-13 athletes and put in a phenomenal performance, completing the Parliament Hill course in a time of 12 minutes and three seconds to finish third, narrowly ahead of Warrington AC’s Samuel Evans in fourth.

There was further success in the capital for R&N, with Jacob Allen impressing in the junior men’s event. Allen crossed the line in 34.29 to finish sixth out of 190 competitors, just over a minute behind Reading AC’s Jonathan Davies (33.26).

Meanwhile, Emily Waugh was up against 895 runners in a mammoth senior women’s race, and a time of 34.19 earned her an excellent 61st place.

The U15 boys secured a top-10 placing by finishing ninth out of 37 competing teams. Adam Searle (16.50) and Josh Lay (16.54) led the way for R&N, crossing the line just seconds apart in respective positions of 23rd and 25th. Joe Musgrove was 72nd with a time of 17.36, and Jack Carey’s 157th place (18.31) rounded off a fine team effort in an event that was won by a strong Tonbridge AC outfit.

Paul Birch was the star of the show for R&N in a senior men’s race that featured over 2000 competitors, with the veteran securing his best-ever placing of 318th after coming home in 47.11. Birch’s R&N team secured 58th place among the 145 teams.