Athletics: Alfie stars as MK settle for second

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THE dash down the M1 to Watford was not too rewarding for Marshall Milton Keynes AC as they finished 2nd overall in Match Two of the Chiltern Cross Country League.

However, they were beaten by Windsor Slough & Eton AC which resulted in them actually extending their lead at the top of the table as Bedford came home a close 3rd just 22 points down.

In a twist of fate it was the women who did the best on the day by winning their race while the men had settle for 2nd spot, as did the U13 Boys, while the junior men, veteran women and U15 girls were all 3rd.

The best individual performances of the day came in the U13 boys race with a superb win by Alfie Yabsley, with Dominic Murphy in 3rd, while senior woman Lara Bromilow finished 3rd and U11 boy Shay Minty was 4th.

>> There were also a number of Milton Keynes youngsters helping the Ousedale School’s intermediate boys to win the Regional Schools’ Cross Country Cup Final at Shefford.

Leading the team home in 4th place was Harry Morton (12m 16s) just ahead of 5th Toby Herdman-Smith (12m 21s), 9th Archie Rippin (12m 28s) and 14th Owen Seamark 12m 42s. And for the junior girls it was Rhona Grant in 12th in 9m 10s and intermediate girl Hannah Selvey was 37th in 10m 10s.

>> At the Long Distance Walkers Association Shillington Shuffle consisting of three races covering distances of 12, 17 and 26 miles, over the shortest distance Mike Leonard was the first man back in 3h 13m followed by Christine Daniells taking 4h 16m, then Brian Graves 4h 32m and Steffen Down 4h 42m.

It was almost a conspiracy over the 17 mile course with Maria Calleia, Jim Miller, Anick Valapinee, Deborah and Stephanie Hindmarch all crossing the line in a time of 3h 32m while Ursula Ghaleb, Alison Ray and Christine Ryder all finished in 3h 51m, with John Gillespie recording 6h 07m, and braving the full 26 miles Howard Pattinson came home in 6h 17m with husband and wife duo Diane and Carl Baldwin finishing together in 6h 49m.