IT was a very chilly and muddy course for Marshall Milton Keynes AC at the English Cross Country Relays in Mansfield, and while the women appeared to enjoy the conditions after finishing in 16th place, the men found it far more sticky as they came home 44th.
The best individual result of the day went to U13 boy Alfie Yabsley who was 8th fastest in his age group, and came home in 4th place after taking 7m 11.9s on the 1st leg to hand over to Cameron Beazley-Clarke (7m 59.1s) who slipped to 16th, and on the last leg Ed Jennings (8m 18.9s) brought the team home in 23rd spot with 75 teams finishing.
Unfortunately the U13 girls team was a member short and after Sophie Botham (8m 27.7s) handed over in 53rd place to Lauren Presswell (8m 12.3s), a good run moving up to 33rd was of no avail.
However, the U15 girls had better luck finishing 24th out of 95 as 1st leg runner Amy Botham (8m 00.3s) came in 28th to hand over to Lucy Hacking (8m 40.7s) for 38th place before Amy Radford (8m 01.1s) moved the team up to 24th
The U15 boys were 42nd after leg 1 as Toby Herdman-Smith handed over in 7m 27.3s to Owen Seamark (7m 31.6s) who gained one place and Archie Rippin (7m 17.8s) then pulled back nine more to finish 32nd out of 79.
But it was the U17 women who had the best of the day with the A team finishing a superb 11th as Rebecca Marshall (9m 15.8s) led the way by completing leg 1 in 10th spot, on leg 2 Jade Leggett (10m 08.9s) slipped to 15th but Jasmine Finlay (9m 50.0s) grabbed back four places.
And not too far behind was the B team with Gemma Childs (9m 34.3s) crossing the line in 19th, on leg 2 Jessica Hall (9m 46.9s) moved up to 14th which was held by Fern Yull (10m 11.9s) to make the team the highest placed B squad out of the 48 teams.
For the U20 women it was case of what might have been with a great run from Beth Swords finishing in 8th in 9m 18.1s, but after Rebecca Goyder-Smith crossed the line in 10m 10.7s in 11th place there was nobody to complete the team.
Arguably the senior women had their best result ever finishing 16th out of 104 teams, with lead runner Lara Bromilow (11m 05.4s) handing over in 23rd spot to Wendy Webber (12m 00.9s) who slipped five places before Tanya Taylor stormed round the final leg in 11m 22.3s to grab 16th place.
While the senior women’s best finish was 14th in 2003, there were only 58 teams competing then, therefore 16th out of 104 this time could be considered the better result.
It was very pleasing to see a complete senior men’s team out for the first time in a number of years and 44th out of 157 teams was a creditable performance by Tom Comerford (16m 51.6s) who handed over 42nd to Matt Willmott (18m 25.2s) who then dropped 10 places, but a great 3rd leg by Steve Tuttle (17m 39.5s) saw the side up to 38th with Eliot Winter 19m 26.7s bring the team home in 44th.