MMKAC retain the title with ease on home soil

Alfie Yabsley and Jack Meijer helping the MMKAC U17s to victory.
Alfie Yabsley and Jack Meijer helping the MMKAC U17s to victory.

MMKAC won their fifth consecutive Chiltern Cross-Country fixture, this time at Campbell Park, to comfortably retain the Division 1 title.

Team-wise there were overall teams wins for the senior men, both the under 20 and under 17 men plus the under 15 boys. For the female team, the senior ladies and under 15 girls were overall winners.

Emma Mears

Emma Mears

On the day there were individual wins from Emma Mears and Jack Meijer and second places to Alfie Yabsley, James Dowsett, Lara Bromilow and Sonja De Koning.

The senior men raced over 9km and placed their scoring ten in the first 55 of the field of 320. Conrad Webber, for the first time, led the team with a strong finish to place 10th.Steve Tuttle and Graham Jones were 17th and 18th, George Wheeler 21st, Liam Smith 24th, Jamie Seddon 32nd and Charles Wheeler 33rd. Great to see Jonathan Peters as their 8th scorer and 40th overall after over a year out with injury. The scoring team was completed by Ian Wood(47th) and Steve Herring(55th).

Lara Bromilow made a strong bid to win the ladies 6km race and led for a most of the race before losing out to her rival Alice Burgin (Bedford). Their scoring six was completed by Rachel Robinson (15th), Katie James (35th), Mel Wright (37th). Debra Brent (50th) and Leah Hartwell (70th)

The under 17 men, also running 6km, stormed to a very emphatic victory with their scoring four in the first seven. Again Jack Meijer got the better of Alfie Yabsley as the duo took the first two places and with Ewen Forsythe 5th and James Minter 7th they had a very easy team win. Likewise in the under 17/20 ladies race Emma Mears ran to a very convincing victory and returning to form after missing the previous match through injury. Enya Deysel placed 8th, Sophie Botham 12th and Holly Jamieson 15th but were just beaten by Bedford in the team race.

The under 15 boys were overall Chiltern League winners and led by James Dowsett who led nearly all the way to be pipped in the final run-in. Brian Sayle , Robert Hickman and Finlay Gibbs finished 9th, 10th and 11th. Barbara De Koning again led the under 15 girls home and to overall league victory. She closed in 8th with Montana Edghill 10th, Gemma Milne and Charlotte Cooke 20th.

Aidan Murphy was the leading u13 boy in all five races and took 12th here. The scoring team comprised Harry Legg (17tth), Jack Rose(19th) and Harry Rose (20th). Charlotte Underwood placed 8th in the u13 girls age group who placed second overall in the league. On the day Chloe Munro finished 9th. Jodie Brogden 13th and Lily-Mae Smith 15th.

Sonja De Koning was the overall League u11 girls champion in spite of a second place in Campbell Park. Jessica Kempton finished 8th and Charlotte Munro 16th to complete the scoring trio that finished second to Chiltern Harriers in both the match and overall League standings. Finally the u11boys with the trio of Sam Oldroyd (25th), Toby Sapwell (33rde) and Max Holland (54th) placed 9th overall.