BEDFORD & COUNTY AC  2016

European Cross Champs Selections Link


Rebecca Murray has been selected for the women’s U23 team following on from her victory in the Trials (see below). Alex Short has been selected for the men’s U23 team, Alex has been running well in the USA for San Francisco University.


British XC Challenge & European Trials, Liverpool, Sat 26 November 2016


Several athletes were in action on Saturday at the McCain Cross Challenge Cross Country race at Liverpool's Sefton Park.  This race is used as the trial  for the GB team for the European Cross Country Championships. In the Combined Senior & Under 23 Women’s race, Rebecca Murray, with probably her best ever race to date, had another outstanding run finishing in 3rd place overall and first U23. She was rewarded with selection for the Great Britain team in the upcoming European CC Championships.  Rebecca’s time for the ladies 8.1K course was 27:13 just 2 secs behind winner Gemma Steel.  Rebecca’s clubmate Alice Burgin was 68th in 29:43.

Jack Douglas had a excellent run in the combined Senior and Under 23 men’s race, finishing 71st overall in 31:15 for the 9.8K course. Alex Bellew was 88th 31:33.  17 year old Ben Davies had an excellent run finishing 35th 21:39 in the 6.7K U20 race, with Stan Willis 66th 22:09 & Jake Barraclough 77th 22:30.

Tabatha Walford was 26th in U17 Women race in 16:15


Wolverton 5 Road Race, Saturday 26 November 2016


Several athletes were in action at the Wolverton

 5 mile road race at Willen Lakes. Jack Goodwin

& Matt Bergin moved quickly to the head of the

field as the race got underway. Jack was content

to sit in the lead pack until the halfway point

before kicking away to win comfortably in the

excellent time of 24:01 moving him to top of

the 2016 UK 5 mile rankings. Matt in his first

race since July ran cautiously early on but eased

his way from 6th at halfway, to finish second in

24:24. Josh Lunn was 8th 26:04, Ollie Saville 16th

27:07, Paul Gooding M50 65 31:36, Dave Stubbins

 M70 172nd 41:35 and Rob Lands M55 178th 42:36.

Jack, Matt & Josh won the team race by 6 minutes     

(combined time first three).                                   Photos by Barry Cornelius


Other Races Steve Naylor ran out a comfortable winner of the Eynesham 10K on Sunday, beating a field of almost 600, recording the excellent time of 31:59.

Eastern Athletics Champs, Keysoe, Sat 19 November 2016


From Tony Forrest:

Matt Janes took the Senior Men’s title with a surge in the final kilometre, getting the better of his former Bedford team mate Steve Robinson Peterborough AC. Matt’s time for the challenging, 3 lap,12.5km course was 42:10. Craig Emmerson was 8th 45:28, Andy Blair 23rd (2nd M50) 51:01, and Calvin Hemmings 34th in 53:43.
The U20 men ran with the Seniors (2 of the 3 laps, 8.3km). First home for Bedford was Will Mullins who finished 2nd in 28:35. He was backed up by Stephen Headley 4th 29:20 & Andrew Headley 5th 29:32, which clinching the team title for Bedford.
We were also successful in the boys races. The U17 Boys took the team title with Cameron Giles 3rd 22:04, Richard Laurenson 22:31 4th, and Oliver Davies 23:32 6th.
The Under 15 Boys took the team title. Aiden Killeen 14:36 took individual gold and was backed up by Ed Blythman 15:34 4th, Owen Brownston 16:05 8th, Harry Brodie 16:07 10th, Kiro Bakcha 17:38 13th, Callum Nicholson 18:10 15th , Andrew Worrall 19:26 18th, and Indiga Singh 19:53 20th.
Our U13 Boys were even more dominant in winning the Team Championship. Chris Brodie 11:47 and Thomas Dearden 11:50 finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. They were followed in by Callum Campion 12:21 5th, Max Hanford 12:24 6th, Oduka Fentelman 12:37 7th, James Price 12:58 10th, Robert Parrish 13:00 11th, Ethan Cairns 13:34 16th, Alex Norman 14:11 19th, and Zena Saez 15:02 21th.    


Other weekend races: An outstanding performance from Alex Short with 22nd place in the NCAA Division 1 Championship earning him “All American” status. His position and time of 30:14 for an accurate 10km cross country was of International standard he was representing the University of San Francisco, where he is currently studying.

St Neots Riverside half marathon: Sean Lang 250 1:39:30


Chiltern League, Milton Keynes, Saturday 12 November 2016


The latest round took place at Tear Drop Lakes with expanded and enhanced fields from the UK Cross Country Challenge. Despite it being an overcast and wet day there was some fabulous racing.

Early results are on the Resultsbase website. In the senior mens race Jack Douglas 30th and James Bellward 32nd led the team home. Natasha Peters was 29th & Alice Burgin 36th in the senior ladies race. Ben Davies was 18th 18:59 in the U20’s race. Tia Wilson was 5th in the U15 girls race & Zena Saez was 5th in the U13 boys. Barry Cornelius’s comprehensive photo record can be found here.

Divisional placings:

Senior Men: 2 Jack Douglas 31:18, 3 James Bellward 31:22, 30 Joe Strange 34:08, 32 Oliver Saville 34:12, 35 Tom Angell 34:19, 57 Alan Turnbull 35:33, 81 Scott Proctor 36:56, 92 Sam Barton 37:30, 107 Andy Blair 38:17, 115 Chris Milbourne 38:33, 131 Jim Black 39:34, 150 Paul Wilkerson 40:49, 175 Robert Payne 42:54, 189 Tony Fitzpatrick 43:33.  The senior men were fourth, the junior men fourth and the masters ninth.

Senior Women: 2 Natasha Peters 21:31, 5 Alice Burgin 21:59, 23 Kirsty Thompson 25:24, 30 Leah Relton 25:50, 75 Ruth Kerr 29:04

 Jane Lansbury (guest) 30:03, 117 Emma Coombes 33:42. The senior women were fourth.

U17 Men: 4 Richard Laursen 20:55, 6 Josh Rogers 21:16, 8 Evan Hosking 21:22, 9 Cameron Gillies 21:26, 13 Scott Thomas 21:42, 15 Oliver Davies 21:55, 23 Jonathan Nash 24:46. The U17 men won the race.

U17/U20 Women 3 Sinead Stovell 19:55, 4 Diana Chalmers 19:57, 5 Anna Vinnicombe 19:58, 6 Katie Lansbury 20:16, 8 Lauren Nichols 20:23, 9 Maisie Relton 20:29, 12 Hannah Shelton 20:50, 15 Gabriella Tarrant 21:02, 20 Francesca Worrall 21:30, 25 Ashleigh Hyde 22:04, 47 Josie Smith 27:11. The U20/U17 women won the race. Sinead was third U17, Diana first U20.

U15 Boys 9 Ed Blythman 15:58, 11 Jack Goodyear 16:18, 15 Harry Brodie 16:53, 24 Joe Lawson 17:33, 29 Nathan Hyde 17:40, 38 Callum Nicholson 18:30, 41 Kino Bakhcha 19:05, 48 Andrew Worral 20:41. The U15 boys were second.

U15 Girls 1 Tia Wilson 13:07, 8 Lucy-Mae Shepherd 14:21, 10 Rose Abbott 14:24, 14 Holly Hodgskinson 14:53, 17 Niamh Huxford 15:15. The U15 girls were second in the race.

U13 Boys 3 Zena Saez 9:41, 9 Chris Brodie 9:54, 12 Tom Deardon 10:02, 22 Max Hanford 10:24, 26 Noah Campion 10:30, 29 Jayden Hill 10:34, 44 Ethan Cairns 11:30, 50 Alexander Norman 11:43. The U13 boys were second.

U13 Girls 5 Sofia Perusko 10:46, 8 Natalie Simmons 10:50, 20 Sophie Worrall 11:32, 23 Imogen Wild 11:35, 26 Lucy Tapster 11:40, 32 Ruby Abbott 11:51, 33 Emma Abbey 11:52, 39 Amelia Baker 12:17, 44 Louisa Sexton 12:30, 45 Sophie Gawin 12:35, 48 Holly Gordon 12:40, 52 Sakia Bakhcha 13:03 the U13 girls were third in the race.

U11 Boys 54 Monty Anford 7:35, 62 Peter Brodie 7:44

U11 Girls 19 Lucy Hopkin 7:32, 22 Violet Abbott 7:38, 41 Jessica Frost 8:11

After two rounds we lie second overall behind MMKAC and just ahead of Chiltern. We are also second in the male overall and third in female overall. We are second in the seniors and third in the juniors.  Positions of individual age groups can be found on the league website


English Schools Regional Finals - East Central, Oakley, Saturday 5 November 2016


Several of our youngsters were competing for local schools Lincroft, Harrold Priory, Robert Bloomfield and Bedford Girls.  Some great performances:

Junior Boys Tristan Cook 2nd Linccroft, Jamie Vinnicombe 5th Harrold, Harry West 8th Harrold

Inter Boys Jake Harrison 21st, Callum Webb 43rd Sharnbrook

Junior Girls Kizzy Angell 60th Bloomfield

Inter Girls Amy Chapplehow 5th, Eleanor Bruce 32nd Bedford Girls, 15th Lottie Knight Perse


ECCA National Cross Country Relays, Mansfield, Saturday 5 November 2016


Senior Men 6th ‘A’ 1:02:56.5 J Goodwin (4) 14:55.8, J Hoad (8) 16:03.1, D Deed 15:49.8, J Bellward (6) 16:07.8 Jack was sixth fastest overall.

‘B’ R Henderson (53) 16:25.8, M Dendani (66) 17:52.6, S Wilson (77) 19:50.1

Senior Women ‘A’ 8th 31:05.1 N Peters (30) 10:32.8 A Burgin (17) 10:34.7 R Murray (8) 9:57.6

‘B’ H Vinnicombe (125) 14:48.4

U20 Men 5th 'A' 27:09.0 S Willis (13) 9:00.0, J Janes (11) 9:08.3, B Davies (5) 9:00.6

38th 'B' 29:28.0  W Mullins (46) 9:31.4, T Angell (42) 10:03.5, S Headley (38) 9:53.1

46th Sam Barton (66) 10:05, Andrew Headley (47) 9:50, Will Forster (46) 10:33

U20 Women 15th 29:12.2 D Chalmers (26) 9:22.6, S Kerr (10) 9:19.0, A Chalmers (16) 10:30.6

U17 Men 55th  31:27.8  O Davies (83) 10:46.3, R Laursen (69) 10:22.3, J Rogers (55) 10:19.2

U17 Women 18th 'B' 29:22.0 A Vinnicombe (29) 9:32.6, M Relton (26) 10:00.7, S Stovell (18) 9:48.6

23rd 'A' 29:44.5 L Nichols (41) 9:48.9, M Middleton (34) 10:08.5, K Lansbury (23) 9:47.0

U15 Boys ‘A’ 34th 21:34.0  J Goodyear (46) 6:59.8, O Brownston (30) 7:04.2, H Brodie (33) 07:30.0

‘B’ J Harrison 7:08.5 K Bakhcha 8:16.4

U15 Girls 22nd 'A' 23:33.7 L Shepherd (40) 7:45.3, H Hodgskinson (32) 8:02.9, R Abbott (22) 07:45.5

U13 Boys 21st 'A' 22:42.2 Z Saez (46) 7:34.7, C Brodie (26) 7:31.3, M Hanford (21) 7:36.1

31st 'B' 23:11.6 O Fintelmann (51) 7:37.3, J Vinnicimbe (25) 7:28.4, N Campion (31) 8:05.8

U13 Girls 36th 25:16.8 N Simmons (56) 8:03.5, I Wild (50) 8:52.1, S Perusko (36) 8:21.1


Bedford won the senior mens championship a record 3 years in a row between 2008-10& it is the most hotly contested of all the winter domestic championships. This year was a truly exciting race over 4 legs of 5km. Bedford performed brilliantly to finish in 6th place of the 166 finishing teams. Jack Goodwin got the team off to a great start on leg 1 coming home in 4th place. Jack wasted no time moving to the head of the field which contained several GB internationals. He remained with the lead pack as it whittled down to 4 people, but with around 800m to go he was forced to give way coming home  in the great  time of 14:55 just 8 secs behind the leg winner. James Hoad gave it all he had but was reeled in by a number of chasing teams finishing 8th with a time of 16:03. Darren Deed, a veteran of the gold medal teams of 2008-10, brought the team back towards the front, moving into 2nd place briefly before slipping back to 3rd with a solid 15:49. The race for the minor medals was still very tight at this point with just 42 secs covering 2nd to 16th places. James Bellward acquitted himself really well a valiant attempt to cling to a medal position was in vain as he was run down bringing the team home in 6th with excellent time of 16:08. Bedford's B team unfortunately failed to finish. The team was led off by Richard Henderson (16:26), Massi Dendani (17:52), and Spencer Wilson (19:50).


The club’s under 20 men also produced a strong performance finishing 5th of 55 teams in their 3 x 3km race. The team was led off by Stan Willis who although struggling with the insanely fast early pace hung on well to come home in 13th place with a time of 9:00.  Jono Janesmoved the team up to 11th on leg 2, with 9:08. Ben Davies ran the anchor leg charging through the field to bring the team into 5th with 9:01. The B team finished in  38th place (4th B team), with Will Mullins (9:31), Tom Angell (10:03), and Stephen Headley (9:53). The C team were 46th with Sam Barton (10:05), Andrew Headley (9:50) and Will Forster (10:33). Tony Forrest


Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, Sunday 6 November 2016


Alex Bellew ran a personal best of 31:00. In his first ever 10K road race Jack Douglas recorded 31:41.

32 Alex Bellew 31:00, 50 Jack Douglas 31:41, 69 Josh Lunn 32:17, 114 Andrew McMulkin 33:28, 163 Joe Strange 34:19



Photo by Harry Brodie