English National X/C Championship


Donnington Park, the Leicestershire racing circuit, was the scene for the English National Cross Country Championships last weekend but it was not the flat racing circuit that one might’ve expected. The course was undulating and tough underfoot with thick, heavy mud in places and long tufty grass that was energy sapping!

Never the less, the athletes rose to the challenge and there were some fine results. Jordan Waine was the highest Saffron AC finisher on the day with her 22nd place in the U17 women’s race.

Emma Richards was 27th in the u15 girls team and Caitlin Roper was 56th in the U17 women’s race with Elsie Robinson 57th in the U13 girls race.

For the majority of the young athletes, it was their first ever experience of competing in the National Cross Country and with over 300 runners in the majority of each of the age groups, this was a tremendous experience for them and what they achieved was incredible.

Race report by

Rob Griffiths.

Full results:


Ashley Butler 238th place 15:16
Samuel Wright 295th place 15:46
Dougie Low 344th place 16:14


Elsie Robinson 57th place 15:01
Etta Magill 150th place 15:50
Eva Walters 234th place 16:26
Izzie Smith 282nd place 16:50
Sammy Dyson 304th place 17:00
Naomi Clarke Myers 312th place 17:05
Ysa Murdey 418th place 18:23
Eleanor Harwood 427th place 18:47

Team – 27th place

U17 women

Jordan Waine 22nd place 21:23
Caitlin Roper 56th place 22:20
Megan Rowley 209th place 27:20
Alex West 217th place 27:53

Team – 12th place


Emma Richards 27th place 17:31
Hannah Ord 74th place 18:17
Rhea Cooper 83rd place 18:24
Zena Challenger 202nd place 19:50
Izzie McDaid 236th place 20:14
Rosie Low 283rd place 20:59
Chloe Bubb 288th place 21:03

Team – 9th place

Junior Women

Mikela Gilmore 101st place 28:36