Date confirmed for 2015 Stowe Cross Country

Wed 12 Aug, 2015


The start of last year's race is pictured. Further details of the 2015 race, and downloadable entry forms, are available here.


Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s 38th annual Cross Country Race, incorporating the 40th UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, takes place on Sunday 11 October 2015.

The event will be held over an 8.56km/5.32 mile course in the historic National Trust-owned Stowe Park, near Buckingham. A 6.36km/3.96 mile run and 15+ and 11-13 runs are also available.

Entries are invited from individuals and guest clubs as well as fire and rescue services. Entries will be accepted at Stowe on the day.

Organiser Eddie Gutteridge, Life Vice-President of the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Sports Association, said: "It is a privilege to organise an event at Stowe, and once again we express our sincere thanks to the National Trust, Stowe School and Chris Whitehead, the tenant farmer.

“We look forward to welcoming seasoned veterans and first-timers to what is without doubt one of the most picturesque venues available for an event of this type.”

Last year, Piers Vallance from Great Holm Fire Station and Libby Gassor from Aylesbury Fire Station won their respective races in the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race for the fourth successive year. Piers completed the men’s 8.8km course in 34 minutes 37 seconds, and Libby the women’s 4.4km course in 24 minutes 2 seconds. Piers was fourth man to finish the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, and Libby the fourth woman.

The winner of the men's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships was World Trail Running Champion Ricky Lightfoot from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. Ricky, wearing the number 300, led from the start (see picture above).

He finished in 30 minutes 57 seconds, nearly three minutes ahead of second-placed Brendan McMilllan from Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service (33 minutes 41 seconds), who was also last year’s runner-up. Six-times winner Nigel Stirk from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service finished third in 34 minutes 19 seconds.

The winner of the women's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships was Jo Haley from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (19 minutes 21 seconds). Second was Lottie Chant from Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (20 minutes 27 seconds) and third Bryony Martindale from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (22 minutes 2 seconds).

The field of 60 runners included nearly 20 guests from clubs including Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club, Buckingham and Stowe Running Club and David Lloyd Redway Runners, Milton Keynes.


Update: 2015 results