Saturday was a day of two halves. Until 1pm the weather was good and dry. The ground was soft but not too muddy. Then the rain started… However, MKDP athletes were not deterred and turned in some fantastic performances on a course that by the senior men’s race took place looked like a sea of mud and was very squelchy and slippery.
We had two U11 female runners, competing in their first race for MKDP: Eve Lord (43rd, in a time of 8.03) and Amelia Ellis (65th; 8.32). There were 94 runners in total. Well done to both!
In the U11 boys’ race, Morgan Bunn was 26th (7.12) and Jed Okia was 45th (7.32) – there were 87 runners.
In the U13 races, Sophie Jacobs was 3rd (10.44), Nic Hammett was 2nd (10.19) and Stan Baker-Smith was 29th (12.20). There were 102 runners in the boys’ race and 108 in the girls’ race.
Ben West was 14th in the Cross Challenge in the under 17/junior men race: a disappointing race for Ben, in which a marshal sent the leading group the wrong way, costing them valuable time and places. There were 135 runners.
We had eleven runners in the senior men’s race: Joe Morrow was 5th (31.34), Alex Gruen 7th (31.48), George Wheeler 8th (32.04), Charlie Wheeler 20th (33.14), Matt D’Aquila 34th (34.11), Mintu Sidhu 35th (34.12, 11th in the U20 category), Marcus Lovell 45th (34.56, 16th in the U20 category), Louis Rawlings 128th (40.00), Eliot Winter 132nd (40.11), Andy Jacobs 182nd (42.51, 75th in the M40 category) and Lee Adams 198th (44.02). There were 521 runners.
In the senior women’s race, MKDP’s athletes did brilliantly, winning the team event. Dani Chattenton was 1st (in a time of 20.42), Charlie Arnell 3rd (21.45), Claudia Kelsall 4th (21.53), Cecilie Anderson 12th (23.21, 8th in her category, FS), Anna Kofoed-Gregory 28th (25.06, 18th in FS), Jade White 72nd (28.01, 33rd in FS), Charlotte Cooke 82nd (28.39, 37th in FS) and Martinha Royles 121st (30.51, 38th in F35). This was Jade and Martinha’s first race after starting a family, so a huge well done to them! There were 369 runners.
MKDP is currently a fantastic 5th overall out of 14 teams, with 3240 points.
The senior women’s team won this match and the senior men’s team was 4th! A huge ‘well done’ to all. The full results are at http://www.chilternccl.co.uk/cl2019m21.htm
Yesterday was a great team effort by everyone – well done to you all. And a shout-out to all the parents and friends who came along to support MKDP athletes!
We need as many runners as possible to run each Chiltern League match and win points for the club. See you on December 7: Luton (Stopsley Common). Fingers crossed for better weather then!