Results from UK Firefighters' 2018 Cross Country at Stowe

Mon 8 Oct, 2018


Category winners at Stowe 2018


More than 60 runners gathered at Stowe School yesterday (Sunday 7 October 2018) to take part in the 43nd annual UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, incorporating the annual Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race.

Brigades represented were Buckinghamshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Mid and West Wales, Oxfordshire, Royal Berkshire and Tyne and Wear.

Joshua Circuitt won the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race and finished 16th in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships. Joshua, an Apprentice Firefighter at Great Holm Fire Station, completed the men’s 8.52km course in 38 minutes 22 seconds. Second was Area Commander Julian Parsons (Headquarters, Aylesbury) in 39 minutes 39 seconds) and third Firefighter Ollie Creighton (Great Holm Fire Station) in 47 minutes 41 seconds.

The winner of the men's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships for the second year in a row was Graeme Taylor from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (30 minutes 44 seconds). Second place went to Brendan McMilllan from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (32 minutes 57 seconds), who won the race in 2016 and 2015. Simon Piper from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service was third in 33 minutes 49 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 - 24 minutes 26 seconds). Jo also won in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Second was Lottie Chant from Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service (25 minutes 36 seconds) and third Naomi Lunn from Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service (27 minutes 54 seconds).

The field included guests from clubs in Aylesbury, Bedfordshire, Bicester, Buckingham, Lancashire, London and Milton Keynes. First guest home in the men’s race, for the second year in a row, was Stephen Norris of Thames Valley Harriers (35 minutes 3 seconds), and first guest woman home was Sarah Bird of Redway Runners (26 minutes 28 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."

A full set of results is available here.