MMKAC sit atop the the Chiltern Cross-Country League with an emphatic team victory at Culham near Abingdon.
From a deficit of 182pts behind Bedford they now have a 610pts lead over their rivals. From the eight scoring races there were four team wins. The course overlooked the River Thames and the runners had to battle the strong winds on the plateau area before descending down to the Thames and then climbing back to the finish.
At the sharp end of the men’s race there were superb 2nd and 4th places from Steve Tuttle and Liam Smith respectively and setting the seal on a fine team victory.
The scoring ten was completed by Chris Hearn(15th), Charles Wheeler(19th), Steve Green(20th), George Wheeler(23nd),Mark Palser(32nd), Ross Threlfall(34th), Josh Lyman(36th) and Steve Herring(51st).
The under 17 men put three in the first ten finishers led by a best-ever 2nd from Alfie Yabsley. Conrad Webber(5th), Ewan Forsythe(8th) and James Minter(17th)completed the winning team.
Another 3rd place from Jack Meijer set an under 15 boys win with Robert Hickman(7th), James Dowsett(8th) and Finlay Gibbs(12th).
The under13 boys were a close third in their race behind Chiltern H. and Windsor. Jack Sharp set a season’s best of 4th place followed by Alex Brent(10th), Aidan Murphy(15th) and Ben Green(17th).
The senior women placed third behind Bedford and Chiltern H.
Nadine Lewycky had her best race of the season in 8th place chased home by Elle Roche(11th), Tracy Cronin(19th) and Natasha Baker(22nd).
The ladies squad was completed by Mel Wright(39th), Debra Brent(44th) and Lisa Yabsley(53rd).
The under17/20 women were a close third to Bedford and Windsor. Another fine performance by Emma Mears in 3rd position well backed up by Rhona Grant(9th), Charlotte Moyse(17th) and Sophie Botham 18th.
The under 15 girls had a good victory over Windsor led by Enya Deysel with a season’s best of 4th and likewise for Montana Edghill in 7th place.
Jessica Nuttall(13th) and Holly Jamieson(14th) completed the scoring team.
There were 13 youngsters in the under 13girls race led by Barbara De Koning in 4th position.
The other scorers were Imogen King(10th), Charlotte Underwood(16th) and Chloe Munroe(21st).
The non-scoring races for the under 11’s saw Barbara’s sister, Sonja lead the girls home in 7th position, followed by Nikki Kay(32nd), Daisy Yabsley(34th) and Lily-Smith(39th).
Just two under 11 boys saw Sebastian Henry 12th and Kian Nicholson 28th.
There were 20 MMKAC seniors competing in the annual Bedford Half marathon which again attracted a field of a 1000runners. Gary Blaber led the team, 9th with a PB of 78.28 with Dan Webber, also in the top 20, 13th (79.33). Ian Lamb closed in 23rd(83.39), Mark Palser, who had run the day prior in the Chiltern XC League placed 38th (85.43), just ahead of Mike Kerrigan(41st) with 86.00 and 8seconds ahead of Tom Hayman(43rd).
Wendy Webber placed 10th lady with a seasons best of 94.02 with Neil Jones close on her heels clocking(94.10). Dave Abraham ran 95.25, Kelvin Smith, another who was running his second race of the weekend, clocked 100.33. Also in the top half of the field were Deb Hindmarch(104.38), Julie Jones(104.56), Dave Hickman(108.29) and Kevin Church(108.57).
The next barrier was 2hours where Alison Ray(114.46), Karen Tincknell(115.24) and Brian Daniells(115.50) were inside this time. Dushen Naidoo clocked 121.26, Hazel Cockerill 135.33 and Malcolm Kidby 142.19 to complete the MMKAC squad.