Results from UK Firefighters' Cross Country at Stowe

Mon 7 Oct, 2019


Left to right Graeme Taylor, Natalie Batey and David Kingsnorth


Nearly 100 runners gathered at Stowe School yesterday (Sunday 6 October 2019) to take part in the 44th annual UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships, incorporating the annual Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race. The start of the race is pictured at the bottom of the page.

Brigades represented were Buckinghamshire, Devon & Somerset, Greater Manchester, Hereford & Worcester, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, London, Mid and West Wales, North Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Royal Berkshire, Tyne and Wear and Warwickshire.

This year's race was held in memory of former Humberside firefighter Andy Brown, who was a stalwart of fire service sport.

David Kingsnorth won the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Cross Country Race and finished 18th in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships. David, an Apprentice Firefighter at High Wycombe Fire Station, completed the men’s 8.65km course in 38 minutes 47 seconds. Second was Josh Circuitt (Buckingham Fire Station) in 46 minutes 11 seconds) and third Phil Brinklow (Bletchley Fire Station) in 49 minutes 1 second.

Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service took the top three places in the men's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships. The winner for the third year in a row was Graeme Taylor (32 minutes 19 seconds). Second place went to Brendan McMilllan (33 minutes 42 seconds), who won the race in 2016 and 2015 and was second last year. Daryl Oguona was third in 34 minutes 6 seconds.

The winner of the women's race in the UK Fire Services Cross Country Championships was Natalie Batey from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (6.46km course - 27 minutes 17 seconds). Second was Lottie Chant from Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service (31 minutes 13 seconds) and third Becky Fawkes from Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service (34 minutes 13 seconds).

Race organiser Eddie Gutteridge, Life Vice-President of the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Sports Association, said: "It was a memorable occasion, and a fitting tribute to Andy Brown.

“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.

The start of the 2019 race at Stowe