Results from UK firefighters' annual cross country race at Stowe

Mon 12 Oct, 2015



More than 60 runners gathered at Stowe School yesterday (Sunday 11 October 2015) to take part in the 40th annual UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, incorporating the annual Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race.

Brigades represented were Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hereford & Worcester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Mid and West Wales, Oxfordshire, Royal Berkshire, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

Piers Vallance won the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race for the fifth successive year and finished third in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships. Piers, formerly a Watch Commander at Great Holm Fire Station in Milton Keynes but now working in the Resource Management Team in Aylesbury, completed the men’s 8.56km course in 34 minutes 54 seconds.

The winner of the men's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships was Brendan McMilllan from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (32 minutes 49 seconds), who was runner-up in 2013 and 2014. Second place went to Henry Bosley from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (33 minutes 36 seconds).

For the second year in a row, 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 (3.96km course - 28 minutes 3 seconds). Second was 2012 and 2013 winner Natalie Batey from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (29 minutes 28 seconds) and third Lottie Chant from Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service (29 minutes 47 seconds).

The men’s team event was won by Henry Bosley, Gary Crone, Steve Mead and Simon Piper (Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service) and the women’s by Angela Beresford, Lizz Shute and Catherine Dean (Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service).

The field included guests from clubs in Hertfordshire, London, Milton Keynes and the West Midlands. First guest home in the men’s race was Stephen Norris of Thames Valley Harriers (37 minutes 23 seconds), and first guest woman home was Emily Monk of Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club (27 minutes 42 seconds).

Race organiser Eddie Gutteridge, Life Vice-President of the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Sports Association, said: "The use of this venue for cross country running is a special privilege to the fire and rescue service.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the National Trust and Stowe School for the use of facilities, and to tenant farmers Chris Whitehead and Charlie Fife for their support." 

Click here for a full set of results. See below for a picture of the start of the race.