Bedford and County’s senior, veteran and junior men and women, were in action again at the weekend in the second Chiltern League Cross Country fixture of the year at Tear Drop lakes in Milton Keynes.
The league races were held in conjunction with the UK Athletics Cross Challenge, with many of the UK’s top cross country runners competing across all the age categories.
Bedford’s senior and veteran men had an excellent turnout, with 20 athletes taking part over the six miles of a very testing muddy and windswept course.
The team was led to victory by Luke Humphreys who finished sixth in the league race ( 34th overall), with a time of 33:09.
Michael Harrison had another solid run, finishing just behind in seventh place with 33:22 after taking a tumble down the final hill.
The scoring team of 10 was completed by Ryan Parker in 11th (34:06), Sean Still in 17th (34:56), Steve Horton in 21st (35:17), Andy McMulkin in 23rd (35:32), Andy Govus in 24th (35:37), Josh Lunn in 36th (36:13), Alan Turnbull in 39th (36:23) and Massi Dendani in 45th (36:47).
These were backed up by Stuart Still in 62nd (38:00), Craig Emmerson in 84th (39:19), Tom Powell in 113th (40:56), Jim Black in 137th (42:34), Tom Roberts in 144th (42:52), Martyn Blackwell in 151st (43:33), Tony Fitzpatrick in 192nd (46:26), Bob Thompson in 227th (53:36) and Simon Murray in 230th 54:18).
The club’s sole junior man (U20) Jack Douglas chose to run in the UKA Cross Challenge race, which was held over the shorter course of 6km, in conjunction with the U17 race rather than with the seniors.
Jack proceeded to produce an excellent run, finishing in eighth place overall in a race featuring many of the very best in the country.
Meanwhile, several of the club’s other athletes were competing elsewhere.
John Eves finished in 10th place in the Metropolitan League, while Will Mackay – who is currently residing in Aberdeen – finished in an impressive 26th place in the Scottish Short Course Championship.
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