Strong showing from Bedford & County AC runners

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Bedford & County AC performed well at Upton Park, Slough, in the third round of the Apex Sports Chiltern League Cross-Country Championship on Saturday.

Edward Blytheman produced a fine run in the U11 boys race to take third, Erin McCaffray and Maisie Relton were second and third in the U13 girls race, while Freddie Ayre was the standout performer in the U13 boys to take second.

There were good runs from Sarah Kerr and Bonnie Murphy in the U15 girls race, finishing fourth and seventh respectively, while Stan Willis, in third, and Tom Angell, in fourth, carried on their fine early season form in the U15 boys race, where Will Mullins also performed well in sixth.

Alanah Harris and Megan Shreeves placed sixth (third U17) and eighth (fifth U20) in the U17/20 women’s combined race.

Ryan Isaacson showed he’s back on form with a fantastic second place finish in the U17 men’s race. He was ably backed up by Jack Douglas in fourth, Sam Knee-Robinson in fifth and Jono Janes in eighth, while Stephen Headley was 10th.

Jo Wilkinson secured a comprehensive victory in the Senior women’s race, with Natasha Peters finishing strongly to take third, while Hannah Goodwin and Ruth Kerr completed the scoring in 11th and 50th places.

The in-form Steve Naylor immediately tried to stamp his authority on the Senior men’s race, quickly moving to the front of the 300-strong field.

Unfortunately he was up against a number of other quality athletes, and eventually had to relinquish the lead, but still held on well to finish runner-up.

Youngster Ben Alcock had another fine run, finishing eighth overall and first U20 by a margin of over a minute.

These were followed home by Richard Henderson in 13th, Jim Black 82nd, Darren Ayre 97th, Andy Boast 108th, Martyn Blackwell 120th, and Dave Laynes 134th.

The very understrength Bedford squad could only finish fifth in the team race.