Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club’s runners took on the cold and muddy conditions in the fifth and final race of the 2015 Chiltern Cross Country League held in Milton Keynes at the weekend.
Before the event, a rousing round of applause was given for Dennis Orme, a driving force behind the league, who has sadly passed away after a long illness.
Vale’s athletes have performed well in Division One of the league this season, topped off by U13 runner Max Perry finishing with an individual gold while the men’s vet team won bronze.
At the final event on Saturday, two of Aylesbury’s younger athletes produced wonderful performances. In the U13 race, Perry won his event in 9.24mins to complete a clean sweep of victories in the league this year.
Another top performance came from U11 Anna Cuthbert, a talented runner who finished in third. Her hard-work over the course of the season meant she finished in fourth place overall.
In Saturday’s other junior races, U17s Alice Wright and Sarah Sheperd crossed the line just one second apart while Tom Swindlehurst had a good run on his return from illness to finish 12th.
In the senior events, Aylesbury’s ladies continue to suffer from a range of injuries and illnesses. Charlotte Steptoe was first Vale lady to finish in 31st place, a few seconds ahead of Julia Austin, who was third V45 to finish, with Vicki Sheldon the third Vale lady to cross the line.
In the men’s event, it was a welcome return to form for Patrick Taylor (U20), who was first Vale man home in 30th from 200 runners, and 11th in his age group.
He was followed by Martyn Summerfield in 41st place and another runner returning after a long absence, Andrew Rolt in 48th.