Seventh heaven as Darren does the Deed again

Darren Deed won his seventh county title as he swept to victory at Shuttleworth Park
Darren Deed won his seventh county title as he swept to victory at Shuttleworth Park

A number of Bedford & County AC’s top senior men were in action at the weekend in various county cross country championships around the country.

At the Bedfordshire CC Championships, held at Shuttleworth Park, Bedford’s Darren Deed claimed the men’s title for a record seventh time as he recorded an impressive time of 34:41 for the very muddy 11km course.

Bedford’s Ben Alcock finished in second place with a finishing time of 35:50, while Matt Janes – competing in his first race for 22 months after a long lay-off due to injury – had a great race to capture third place and ensure a Bedford clean sweep of the individual medals.

With these three backed up by Sam Knee-Robinson in fifth, Richard Henderson in seventh, Matt Bray in ninth, Andrew Headley in 10th, Sam Wallbank in 11th and Steven Headley in 22nd, Bedford ran out very easy winners of the team title.

Andy Blair captured the silver medal for second over 50 veteran to finish, placing in 26th position overall.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Bedford’s Steve Naylor took the Oxfordshire title for the fourth time, while team-mate John Eves won the Hertfordshire title, with Luke Humphreys backing him up well by taking the silver medal.