Crawford is on form to help out his county

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Thomas Gainsborough School’s Adam Crawford helped Suffolk to first place at the Anglian Schools Cross Country Championships in Abington Park in Northampton at the weekend.

After finishing in 35th place from a field of close to 80 runners, the 14-year-old is now hoping to represent Suffolk in the English Schools Cross Country Championships.

The Year 10 student had to work his way through three different qualifying rounds to book his place at Saturday’s race.

The first two qualifying races were held at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, near Ipswich, where he came eighth in round one and 15th in round two.

The third qualifying round was held at Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds, where Crawford finished 13th.

On Saturday the Great Cornard pupil had to battle his way through a very hilly and muddy course.

The school’s head of PE Ross Myhill said: “This is a great achievement for Adam as he is competing against year 11 runners this year. Fingers crossed he will be chosen to represent Suffolk in the English Schools cross country championships later in the year.”