ATHLETICS: Rugby & Northampton AC - cross country


Adam leads the way for club in English National Relay Championships

Adam Caulfield was the star of the show for Rugby and Northampton Athletic Club last weekend, as their strong 17-team junior contingent were out in force at the English National Relay Championships in Mansfield.

Caulfield recorded the fourth quickest time of the under-13 boys event, helping the ‘A’ team to eighth place overall. His closing leg of six minutes, 47.85 seconds added to the impressive running of Ben Hope (7:20.50) and Isaac Thorman (7:39.35), which handed R&N an overall total of 21:47.70. The winning team, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, were just 56 seconds quicker, in what was a tightly-contested event.

R&N were able to field ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams in the race, who finished 35th and 60th respectively. Edward Faulds kicked things off for the ‘B’ team, clocking a 7:32.15. Trystan Barnett ran the second leg in 7:49.05, and Harry Boynton’s 8:10.05 gave them a time of 23:31.25.

The ‘C’ team finished just over a minute further back with a time of 24:32.15. Cian McCahill opened up with 8:11.60, Jack Mains added to the total with a run of 8:32.25, before Augustus Stapleton produced a fine closing leg of 7:48.30 to boost the team total.

The under-13 girls contest also saw three teams entered by R&N, with the ‘A’ team earning a 19th-placed finish, in a 92-strong field. Molly Williams set the tone with 7:54.90, and she was backed up by Georgina Woodward and Abigail Pearce, who recorded respective times of 8:02.30 and 8:18.40. This gave the team a total of 24:15.60, with the event being won by a strong Liverpool Harriers side in 23:02.25.

The ‘B’ team consisted of Holly Walker, Zoe Morling and Gaby Peck, and they finished 63rd overall with a time of 26:13.95. Walker opened up with 8:19.90, followed up by Morling’s 8:48.75 and a final leg of 9:05.30 by Peck.

The ‘C’ team were just 26 seconds further back, as they clocked a cumulative total of 26:39.75. Amelia McMurtrie clocked a time of 8:32.20, with Emma Barker (8:57.05) and Fenella Downes (9:10.50) completing the running, and earning a 72nd-placed finish.

The under-15 boys event resulted in a top-20 finish for the R&N ‘A’ team. Adam Searle’s opening leg of 6:25.35 was the 11th-quickest of the event, and set the team on their way. Thomas Hughes recorded a time of 7:16.40, with Joe Musgrove’s impressive 6:53.85 rounding things off as they set an overall time of 20:35.60.

The ‘B’ team finished 57th out of a field of 81. James Wizard (7:17.40), Jack Carey (7:16.80) and Matthew Rushton (7:32.60) teamed up for a time of 22:06.80, with the ‘C’ team finishing 72nd with a final time of 23:39.40. Ethan Kent-Whittaker ran a last leg of 7:25.30, adding to William McMurtrie’s first leg 7:37.05, and Ralph Finister’s 8:37.05.

There were 89 teams taking part in the under-15 girls race, with two R&N teams competing. The ‘A’ team recorded a time of 24:04.80, which was enough to earn them 35th place. Poppy Carmichael set the pace with a first leg of 7:51.15, which was followed up by Hollie Moore’s run of 8:14.85, and Amy Walker’s 7:58.80. The ‘B’ side finished 80th, with Charis Hayes (8:06.40), Niamh Chippington (10:00.30) and Olivia Shehan (8:31.80) combining for an overall time of 26:38.00.

The under-17 women’s race saw R&N produce a time of 29:40.95. Lily Carmichael ran the first leg, recording 9:43.40, and Emma Bond contributed with a time of 10:12.90. The closing leg saw Kirsty Goddard clock 9:44.75, which boosted the team into 23rd place out of a field of 53.

The men’s event saw the under-17 team finish in 28th position, with 63 teams taking part in the race. Jack Bond got things started, running his opening leg in 9:39.25. Oskar Potomski’s 10:34.15 and a final leg of 10:06.00 by Ben Musgrove contributed to a total of 30:19.40.

The junior events saw two teams compete for the men, and one for the women. R&N finished 22nd out of a field of 36 in the junior women’s event, with Sarah Bennett producing a good run of 9:49.65. Either side of her were Katie Clubb (10:07.10) and Bethany Goddard (10:17.05), which gave them a final time of 30:13.80.

The men competed among a strong field of 49. Hizam Sheekh ran the first leg for the ‘A’ team in 9:59.95, and he was backed up by a run of 10:12.15 by Joe Lantsbery, and Adam Wright’s 10:15.85. This gave the team an overall time of 30:27.95, which was enough for 36th place. Further back were the ‘B’ team, who finished in 48th position. Oliver Munns (10:52.50), Elisha De Mello (10:04.50) and Michael Kinder (11:33.65) produced a time of 32:30.65 to round off the day.