Waugh leads way for Rugby & Northampton AC in Midland Women’s Cross Country League

Emily Waugh
Emily Waugh

Emily Waugh produced a typically dazzling display at the Midland Women’s Cross Country League to help Rugby and Northampton to 12th place among an elite field at Droitwich last weekend.

Waugh dashed around the course in 26 minutes and 58 seconds, finishing 14th out of the 322 runners taking part, in a race where Team GB athlete Jess Judd showed her international class, running a time of 24.51 for a dominant victory.

R&N grabbed 12th spot out of the 38 participating teams thanks to Waugh’s junior club-mates Katie Clubb and Leisha Mulvey. Clubb continued her record of scoring in every round of the League, breaking the 30-minute barrier to earn 66th with a time of 29.56, while Mulvey produced a personal best, taking 82nd with a time of 30.31.

Tilly Lea and veteran Angela Copson also made the top 100, finishing four seconds apart with times of 31.11 and 31.15, to finish in 91st and 93rd place respectively.

R&N’s men were also in action in the Midlands where they continued their Birmingham & District Cross Country campaign.

The A team finished 12th on the day, with junior debutant Elisha De Mello leading the way with a time of 29.57, enough for 60th place. Seb Palmer and Paul Birch were next over the line, finishing 71st and 79th with respective times of 30.13 and 30.20.

Jack Murphy achieved his best-ever placing in the competition, with the 18-year-old finishing 106th with a time of 31.33. Brendan Moen positioned 119th after clocking 32.01, while there was another PB for Alistair McDonnell, who took 138th place with a time of 32.34, giving the team a total of 573 points to keep them in 10th spot after three fixtures.

The B team sit in eighth place in the second division after finishing 10th in last weekend’s event, with Neil Willsher the first R&N finisher home in 161st with a time of 33.14. There were more best-ever finishes for R&N athletes, with Daniel Williams and Jonathan Taylor taking 179th and 213th with respective times of 34.07 and 35.06, while Mike Andrews debuted with a time of 34.11, enough for 183rd place. Completing the scoring were 191st-placed Max Chippington (34.22) and Terry Egan (35.04), who finished 211th in his 108th league race.