Results from UK firefighters' annual cross-country at Stowe

Mon 9 Oct, 2017



Eighty runners gathered at Stowe School yesterday (Sunday 8 October 2017) to take part in the 42nd annual UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, incorporating the annual Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race.

Brigades represented were Avon, Buckinghamshire, Essex, 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 sixth time in seven years and finished fourth in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships. Piers, formerly a Watch Commander at Great Holm Fire Station in Milton Keynes but now an inspecting officer at the Wycombe and South Bucks Fire Safety Office based at Marlow Fire Station, completed the men’s 8.52km course in 33 minutes 42 seconds.

Waddesdon Fire Station, represented by Jack Richards, Justin Lee, Ben Rawlings and Aron Ridgway, won the men's team event in the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race.

The winner of the men's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships was Graeme Taylor from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (30 minutes 57 seconds), who was last year's runner-up. Second place went to Brendan McMilllan from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (31 minutes 30 seconds), who won the race last year and in 2015. Antony Ford from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service was third in 32 minutes 55 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 (5.72km course - 23 minutes 29 seconds). Jo also won in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Second was 2012 and 2013 winner Natalie Batey from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (24 minutes 29 seconds) and third Annabel Harford from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (26 minutes 48 seconds).

The men’s team event was won by Graeme Taylor, Brendan McMillan, Peter Corbridge and Mick Quinn (Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service) and the women’s by Naomi Orme, Angela Beresford and Elizabeth Shute (Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service).

The field included guests from clubs in Aylesbury, Bath, Bicester, Buckingham, London and Milton Keynes. First guest home in the men’s race was Stephen Norris of Thames Valley Harriers (33 minutes 48 seconds), and first guest woman home was Claire Vallance (25 minutes 45 seconds).

Race organiser Eddie Gutteridge, Life Vice-President of the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Sports Association, said: "This was our 30th anniversary at Stowe, and 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."

See below for a picture of the start of the race. A full set of results is available here.