Results from UK firefighters' annual cross country race at Stowe

Sun 9 Oct, 2016



More than 50 runners gathered at Stowe School today (Sunday 9 October 2016) to take part in the 41st annual UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, incorporating the annual Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race.

Brigades represented were Buckinghamshire, Essex, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Tyne and Wear.

Firefighter Bradley Lawrence from Marlow Fire Station won the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race and finished third in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships. Bradley completed the men’s 8.56km course in 34 minutes 25 seconds.

Second in the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race was Piers Vallance, formerly a Watch Commander at Great Holm Fire Station in Milton Keynes but now working in the Resource Management Team in Aylesbury, who finished in 35 minutes 1 second. Third was Watch Commander Mark Richards from Waddesdon Fire Station in 36 minutes 47 seconds.

For the second year in a row, 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 47 seconds). Second place went to Graeme Taylor, also from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (32 minutes 58 seconds).

The winner of the women's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships was Angela Beresford from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (6.36km course - 34 minutes 12 seconds). Second was Liz Shute, also from Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service (42 minutes 7 seconds) and third Sarah Rimmington from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (47 minutes 50 seconds).

The men’s team event was won by Bradley Lawrence, Piers Valance, Mark Richards and Calum Bell (Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service) and the women’s by Angela Beresford, Liz Shute and Sarah Kenyon (Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service).

The field included guests from seven clubs. For the second year in a row, first guest home in the men’s race was Stephen Norris of Thames Valley Harriers (36 minutes 59 seconds), and first guest woman home was Piers Vallance's wife Claire (28 minutes 47 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 the tenant farmers for their support." 

Click here for a full set of results.