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BEACONSFIELD High pupil Rebecca Croft continued her impressive form with a clear win at the Bucks County Cross Country Championships.
Croft, representing Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, won the 6km U17/U20 women’s race by 21 seconds from Wycombe Phoenix Harriers’ Natasha Taylor.
With Taylor a non-starter, Chiltern Harriers’ Hannah Thear took second place, while Vale of Aylesbury’s Alice Wright was third. Thear, Kate Bench (fifth) and Emma Barraclough (seventh) also landed Chiltern the team prize.
Wycombe Phoenix’s Karen Stilwell won the 3k U13 girls’ race ahead of WSEH’s Jemima Copeman and team-mate Olivia Lawrie, while WSEH took the team prize thanks to the efforts of Copeman plus Morgan Hanson and Katie Thompson, in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Harriers grabbed three of the top four places in the U15 girls’ 4k race, with winner Emma Kaye followed in by Marshall Milton Keynes’ Emma Mears before Chiltern team-mates Jessica Orr and Maddy Lacey crossed the line to secure the team prize.
Chiltern veterans Sandra Reynolds and Cath Holloway came fifth and sixth in an 8k senior and veteran women’s race dominated by team prize winners Marshall, who boasted Lara Brimilow in second, Elle Roche in third and Nadine Lewycky in fourth, but could not deny Belgrave Harriers’ Melanie Wilkins the individual prize.
Ben Smith won a tight U13 boys’ race for Chiltern, six seconds ahead of WSEH’s Dominic McDougall and eight ahead of Vale of Aylesbury’s Max Perry, while Angus Williams (fourth), Zach Rahman (ninth) and Tommy Davies (10th) all contributed to the Chiltern team prize.
The order was reversed in the U15 boys’ race, where WSEH’s Owen Richards beat Chiltern’s Harry Kettle to the line, with Olney Runners’ James Minter in third.
But Marshall took the team prize thanks to Alfred Yabsley (fourth), Connor Marley (fifth), Devon Harford (seventh) and
CLEAN WSEH runner Becca Croft
AEwan Forsythe (eighth).
Chiltern’s Will Perkin was beaten to the line in the U17 boys’ race by Oxford City’s Callum Bampton, but Marshall again took team honours as third-placed Archie Rippin was followed in by team-mates Charles and George Wheeler, in fourth and fifth.
James McCarthy did, however, win the men’s U20 8k, ahead of Marshall duo Oliver Lum and Harry Morton, but no complete team finished the race.
Chiltern did take team honours, however, in the men’s senior and veteran race, thanks mainly to Fabian Downs in third, plus Simon Beedell, James Repper and Nick Hughes in eighth, ninth and 10th, while Marshall’s Steven Tuttle beat WSEH’s Alex Goodall to the individual prize.
Chesham Bowls Club Drawn Pairs winners Malcolm Tingle and Brenda Waterman being presented with the trophy by club president Norman Green Contributed BRENDA Waterman and Malcolm Tingle emerged as winners of the Chesham Bowling Club Short Mat Drawn Pairs after beating Margaret Denham and Howard Cave in the final.
Tingle and Cave then teamed up, joined by Malcolm Warwick and Keith Patrick, to play in the Buckinghamshire Short Mat Fours Championship.
The Foursome beat Holmer Green in the final, retaining the title, and now go on to represent Buckinghamshire in the National Short Mat finals in Derbyshire in April.
ARE CHAMPIONS: Bucks County Fours champions – Malcolm Warwick, Tingle, Howard Cave and Keith Patrick
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