A team of 25 athletes from Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club travelled down to Brighton for the South of England Cross-Country Championships - the second most important event in the club cross-country calendar.
There were a number of excellent individual performances from the seniors, none more so than Steve Tuttle finishing 22nd in the men’s race from a field of almost 900 runners around a 3-lap rolling countryside course totalling some 15km.
Steve placed 68th three years ago on this course and his improvement moves him to second in the club all-time rankings for this event.
Second man home came Ryan Burling (pictured), making his debut at this distance with a really fine 116th position, the 11th best all-time.
The scoring team was completed by Mark Palser(180th), Graham Jones(236), Jeremy Vick(283) and Josh Lyman(322). Their 20th place from 60 teams equalled their second best.
Sadly there were only two senior ladies competing but both Lara Bromilow and Nadine Lewycky produced top-class runs in their 8km event. Lara placed 20th, an improvement by four places in the club rankings but remains 3rd overall.
Nadines’ 36th position moves her in to 7th all-time. Gemma Childs placed 29th in the U20 women’s race and moves to 8th all-time in this age group.
For the U17 men, Archie Rippin ran probably his best cross-country race to-date, finishing 20th and moved up to the 3rd best overall for this age group.
Owen Seamark closed in 76th and Daniel Hynes 111th. The U17 boys finished 23rd team and were led home by Jake Cox(72nd) and then Ewan Forsythe(83), Harvey Green(120) and Aaron Wooton (209).
The U15 girls were one short for a team where Libby Herdman-Smith finished 193rd ahead of Amber Harman(205) and Rosie Merrin(227).
Sophie Botham placed 90th for the U17women and Natalie Nurse 116th.
Finally the sole U13 girl was Barbara De Koning who was in the top 3rd of the field, 84th.
The Buckinghamshire Sportshall Championships were held at Aylesbury where a large contingent from MMKAC were rewarded with first places. These included:
U13 Boys: James Palmer(Pentathlon,1 lap race,Speed Bounce, Standing Triple Jump & Shot). Ethan Wiltshire(Standing Long Jump & Vertical Jump). Harrison Reed(1 lap race & 2 lap race). Hugo Wallace(1 lap race). Robert Hickman(6 lap race).
U13 Girls: Imogen King(4 lap race& 6lap race). Jordan Flaherty(Standing Long Jump & 2 lap race). Lucy Baggett(1 lap race). Gurveer Kaur(Shot).
U15 Boys: Toby Ravilious won 8 of the 9 events (Pentathlon, Standing Long & Triple Jumps,Speed Bounce, Chest Push, Shot, Vertical Jump and the 2 lap race.
U15 Girls: Iris Mae Morse(Pentathlon, Chest Push, Vertical Jump & 2 lap race). Ite Aderoju(Standing Triple Jump). Oyin Alli(Shot). Amy Milne(Speed Bounce, 4 lap race). Rotimi Joseph(Chest Push).