The Bucks Cross Country Championships were held last Saturday
reasonably good conditions – the temperature was good for the time of
year, although a cutting wind at the start meant waiting for the start
of races was not pleasant. Conditions underfoot were very good for
Wing, those of you who remember last year’s Chiltern League meeting at
Wing will be pleased to know there was significantly less mud!
The Senior & Veteran Women’s race was held over a 6k course and Chiltern Harriers had five runners in a field of twenty-nine. Grace Birch was 11th overall in 24:34 and Judith Orr was 2nd F45 in 25:25 (12th overall), just ahead of team-mate Kirstie Eliott who finished in 25:43. Kate Loach was 24th in 28:12 and Barbara Ralph was 1st F55 in 28:46. Chiltern were 4th placed Womens team, and 3rd placed Veteran Team.
The Men’s race was held over 12k and Chiltern Harriers had three runners in the top 6, with eight runners overall in a field of fifty-seven. Fabian Downs continued his good form of late to come 2nd in 41:38, followed by Tom Beedell (4th) in 42:03 and Eddie O’Gorman (6th) in 43:47. Derek Brown (17th) was 1st M50 in 45:58. The Mens Team, which also included Simon Beedell (25th) in 48:17 and Peter Wootton (36th) in 50:51, were placed 2nd behind Marshall Milton Keynes, ahead of Vale of Aylesbury in 3rd place.
In the Men’s Over 60 race (8k) Tony Molesworth was 1st M70 in 44:09, with Martyn Cartwright 2nd M70 in 49:31.