MK colsolidate second place

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MMKAC consolidated their second place in the Chiltern cross-country league with another good all-round team performance in the third fixture at Luton.

A team of 94 athletes from Milton Keynes took part in the event which saw Bedford win and top Division One.

Steve Tuttle, after his fine 5th place in the previous week’s Wolverton Five went two better here leading his team home around the 10km course with a strong finish to place third from the field of just over 200 runners. Chris Hearn, after a long term injury problem was second man home finishing 14th.

The scoring ten was completed by Mark Palser(24th), Sam Winters (26th),Steve Herring(37th), Graham Jones(51st), Jeremy Vick (54th), Gary Blaber (70th), Harry Morton(79th) and Josh Lyman (90th). Bedford took the team honours with MK second and Chiltern Harriers third.

Lara Bromilow, like Steve Tuttle, put in her best race of the season for second place in the senior women’s event where there were 85 finishers.

Elle Roche, also produced her best run to-date in 6th place and the team closed in with Martinha Ferreira(26th) and Tanya Taylor (30th). Team-wise the ladies were 3rd behind Bedford & Luton.

For the younger age groups the most successful team were the U15boys where the squad of Alfie Yabsley (5th), Devon Harford(10th), Ewan Forsythe (12th) and Connor Marley(14th) placed runners-up to Bedford again.

The U17 men were again led home by Owen Seamark(7th) but was chased hard by Charles Wheeler who finished 8th. George Wheeler (11th) and Archie Rippin (12th) closed the team in 3rd place.

The U13 boys who won the team race in the previous match dropped to 4th.

For the third consecutive race Robert Hickman was first home for the, 9th and was backed-up by James Dowsett (13th) Tomas Billenness(33rd) and Finlay Gibbs (35th).

Both the U13 and U15 girls saw their respective teams place third. For the older age group there was another outstanding run from Emma Mears with her usual strong finish to finish 4th.

Holly Jamieson placed 22nd, Charlotte Moyse 24th and Jessica Nuttall 26th.

Imogen King was first under 13 on this occasion finishing 8th ahead of Gemma Milne (15th), Isobel Handley (18th) and Anna Ustaran-Anderegg 20th.

The non-scoring races for U11 athletes saw Charlotte Underwood 5th, Daisy Yabsley 16th, Jodie Brogden 31st and Nickki Kay 4th.

For the boys Zak Freeland placed 37th, Tom Meijer 39th, Aidan Murphy 44th and Jack Nuttall 59th.

On the roads Liam Smith finished 3rd in the annual Nene Valley 10mile road race at Peterborough. His time of 54.54 was the best time for a MMKAC runner for over 10years, in fact since Ian Van Lokven ran 54.42 in 2003 on the same course. Diane Baldwin recorded 73.23 and was first in the W55 age group.

>> More than 1,000 athletes will take to the start line on Sunday for the MK Winter half marathon.

The race starts, and finishes, in Newlands behind Gullivers Land.