Charlotte storms to win

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The fifth and final Chiltern Cross-Country League match was held in Milton Keynes around the parkland by the Tear Drop Lakes.

In the Chiltern League on the day, Bedford just headed MMKAC (who had 105 runners competing) and assisted them in retaining the Division One league title with the local team a comfortable runners-up and Chiltern Harriers taking third place from the 14 competing clubs.

There was a superb start for MMKAC as Charlotte Underwood, after two second places and one third in previous races, stormed to victory. With April Barnes(18th), Daisy Yabsley(23rd) and Jodie Brogden(337th) the team placed second.

The club’s other victory came in the under15 boys where Alfie Yabsley led throughout their 4.5km course and not only led the team to win on the day but they also won the age group title based on all five matches.

Ewan Forsyth placed 4th. Devon Harford 9th and Jack Meijer 10th.

In the overall results, Alfie placed 2nd. Ewan 5th, Devon 6th and Jack 10th. Jake Cox, 18th on the day placed 7th overall.

The senior men faced a3 –lap 9.5km course and Steve Tuttle again led the team home in 5th place but good enough for him the take second place in the overall category. Mark Palser produced his best performance of the season with 13th place and Chris Hearn, just in the top 20, 19th.

The scoring ten was completed by Graham Jones(36th), Ross Threfall(39th), Josh Knight(45th), Oli Lum(50th). Jeremy Vick(55th), Steve Herring(60th) and Michael Greener(64th) but were agonisingly beaten by just 3 pts by Bedford in the team race.

Lara Bromilow led the senior ladies home around a 6km course taking another second place which also saw her having to settle for the runners-up position in the overall rankings. Lara scored 9pts, the same as the winner, Rosie Kean(Luton) but lost first place on count-back.

On the day Nadine Lewycky finished a fine 7th and with Gemma Childs 16th and Martinha Ferreira the team placed second to Bedford, again.

Looking at the younger age groups the under 11 boys placed 7th with the quartet of Alex Brent(12th), Aidan Murphy(20th), Ben Green(48th) and Zak Freeland(61st).

The u13’s raced over 2.7km and for the boys Robert Hickman put in his best performance of the season placing 3rd. Backed-up by Harry Ewing(6th), Tom Ewing(7th) and James Dowsett(14th) they won the team race on the day but had to settle for second behind Chiltern Harriers in the overall placings.

The under 13 girls were second behind Bedford with Barbara de Koning(7th), Imogen King(8th), Gemma Milne(15th) and Katie Mallaghan(27th). Emma Mears was 5th on the day for the under 15girls which gave her 4th place overall.

The girls finished third in the team event with Holly Jamieson(18th), Jessica Nuttall(20th) and Enya Deysel(29th).

The under 17 men raced over 6km and took the bronze medals overall.

On the day George Wheeler led them home on 10th position with Owen Seamark 11th and Conrad Webber 14th. Owen finished 7th in the overall category for this age group. Finally the combined under 17/20 ladies were 7th on the day and finished 7th overall. Sophie Botham placed 18th, Jade Brown 20th, Natalie Nurse 29th and Elizabeth Shirley 33rd.