Making a splash at the cross country

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Athletes from Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club came away with a good medal haul after the Buckinghamshire County cross-country championships.

The senior men raced over a rolling 12km course around the grounds of Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe.

Steve Tuttle took the lead on the second of the four laps and went on to an impressive victory. Liam Smith was holding fourth place for the first two laps and it was looking good for the men’s team to retain the county title.

Unfortunately Liam sustained a fairly serious ankle injury and was forced to retire. He was taken to hospital but fortunately the x-ray shows that nothing is broken but will be out of action for at least a month.

Chris Hearn finished sixth, Jonathan Peters 12th,Graham Jones 18th, Jeremy Vick 21st and Steve Herring 25th but were narrowly beaten by Chiltern Harriers in the race for team gold. Malcolm Down placed 42nd overall and took the M50 silver medal.

The M20’s and M60’s raced over three laps where, for the M20’s, Oli Lum took silver and Harry Morton bronze. Paul Mason was just beaten for the individual bronze medal in the M60 category. The MK veterans took team silver behind Aylesbury with Steve Herring, Malcolm Down, Carl Reynolds and Chris Mahon.

The senior ladies faced a 8km course and easily retained the team title. Lara Bromilow was a comfortable second place and with Elle Roche third and Nadine Lewycky fourth won team gold.

Gemma Childs placed seventh and Tanya Taylor 10th. Debra Brent placed fourth in the W45 age group and then Diane Baldwin took silver in the W55 event.

The combined u17 and under 20 ladies race was over 6km and Sophia Cliffe won silver for the u20’s whilst Natalie Nurse placed fifth u17.

There were two other team golds. The under 15 boys raced over 4km and held off Chiltern Harriers as Alfie Yabsley (4th) just missed out on the bronze medal with Connor Marley a very close fifth, both being given the same finishing time.

They were backed up by Devon Harford(7th) and Ewan Forsythe (8th).

There was a good contingent of Mk runners in this race and Jack Meijer finished 12th, Marcus Lovell 14th, Charley Madgin 16th, Tom Sharp 18th, Tim McElligott 22nd and Jack Terrey 23rd.

The under 17 men’s race over 6km produced more team gold and there was another close finish for the MK runners.

Archie Rippin just grabbed the bronze medal ahead of Charles and George Wheeler, fourth and fifth respectively.

Owen Seamark completed the winning squad, ninth overall.

Silver medals went to the under 13 boys in their 3km course. Robert Hickman led them home, in fifth place followed by Thomnas Ewing(6th), James Dowsett(11th) and Charlie Sanders(16th).

Jack Sharp placed 17th, Leo Freeland 25th, Tomas Billenness 27th, Matthew Cave 28th, Peter Hickman 29th, Kiylen Nurse 30th, Alastair Brown 31st and Finlay Gibbs 32nd.

The under 15girls raced over 4km and Emma Mears made a bold attempt to win but was just five seconds down and had to settle for the silver medal,

However she led home Charlotte Moyse (5th) and Holly Jamieson (6th) to team silver. Completing the MK group were Libby Herdman-Smith (13th) and Isabel Shipp (14th).

The under 13 girls took team bronze with the trio of Gemma Milne(7th), Imogen King(8th) and Barbara De Koning 10th. Backing up the squad were Katie Mallaghan 14th and Charlotte Cooke 19th.

MMKAC also had two runners in the Northants championships held at Wellingborough. Rhona Grant won bronze in the under 13 girls event and Daniel Hynes place seventh in the under 17 men’s race.