Bedford and County AC’s senior, vet and junior men were in action at the weekend in the first Chiltern League Cross Country fixture of the season at the Keysoe Equestrian Centre.
The race incorporated the ‘watersplash,’ which again proved popular with the 1,100 athletes and the large crowd of spectators.
Bedford and County’s athletes were quickly to the fore of the men’s field, of over 300 runners, in the combined senior/ junior (U20)/veterans 10km race.
It soon became clear that the team race was going to be between Bedford and Marshall Milton Keynes.
And so it proved, with Milton Keynes’ superior packing just enabling them to snatch the victory despite Bedford having four runners in the top 10 and six in front of MK’s fourth man.
Bedford’s first man home was Michael Harrison who finished third in 31:48, with Ryan Parker fifth in 32:05.
The first junior man to finish was Bedford’s Jono Janes in seventh place in 32:28, with Andrew Headley finishing as second junior and ninth overall with 32:53.
The duo were followed in by Sean Still 13th (33:12), Stephen Headley 19th (33:45), Craig Emmerson 33rd (34:54), Alan Turnbull 39th (35:13), Rob Harris 51st (36:03), Stuart Still 69th (37:12), Steve Earley 71st (37:20), Jack Benedickter 88th (38:09), Tom Roberts 106th (39:13), Andy Blair 112th (39:24), Pete Benedickter 140th (40:57), Martyn Blackwell 149th (41:33), 180th Mick Russell 180th (45:01), Tony Fitzpatrick 191st (46:10), Bill Goodyear 197th (47:08), and Simon Murray 207th (49:52).
With Bedford having the first three junior men home, they ran out easy winners of their separate team race.
Meanwhile, Bedford and County’s Steve Naylor beat more than 6,000 runners to win the Oxford Half Marathon in 70 mins 24secs in his first ever half marathon.