Top spot for Bedford at Chiltern league

Andrew Headley, Jack Douglas and Stephen Headley
Andrew Headley, Jack Douglas and Stephen Headley

Bedford & County’s senior, vet and junior runners were in action again in the final Chiltern League Cross Country fixture of the year at Tear Drop lakes in Milton Keynes.

Bedford proceeded to sweep up virtually every trophy on offer, winning eight of the team titles on offer – namely for the senior men, junior (U20) men, U17 men, senior ladies, junior (combined U20 and U17) ladies, U15 girls, and U13 girls.

Needless to say, Bedford won the overall league trophy by a significant margin.

Despite a slightly under strength squad, it was clear early on that Bedford would not loosen their grip on the senior and U20 men’s titles.

Luke Humphreys had another fine race, coming home as Bedford’s first scorer in third place with a time of 31:46 for the 9.5km course.

Four of the club’s U20 men were next, with Jack Douglas in ninth (33:12), Andrew Headley 10th (33:12), Matt Bray 18th (34:03) and Stephen Headley 19th (34:04).

The scoring was completed by Andy McMulkin (22nd), Craig Emmerson (34th), Stuart Still (44th), Paul Gooding (105th) and Massi Dendani 124th, while Jim Black, Tom Roberts and Simon Murray finished 134th, 140th and 187th respectively.

Humphreys was third in the overall individual standings, with Douglas and Andrew Headley finishing first and second for the U20 men.

The focus now moves to the highlight of the cross country running season, the National Cross Country Championships, which are being held at Parliament Hill Fields, London in two weeks’ time.

The senior men’s team will be attempting to retain the national title that they won for the first time at Nottingham last season, while the junior men’s team have an outside chance of a podium finish.