Pictured above, by Brian Graves, are Callum Tripp, Jack Meijer, Rachel Robinson and Sam Winters.
Sixteen Marshall Milton Keynes teams took part in the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield, with over 40 individual athletes representing the club. Pride of place to the senior women who finished in a best-ever 14th place from over 140 teams. Rachel Robinson ran a superb opening leg around the undulating 3km lap handing over to Mel Wood in 10th place with a time of 9:52. Mel was making her debut as a senior here and clocked 11:14 before handing over to Elle Roche in 17th place. Elle gained three places on the anchor with her time of 10:39. The B team of Alice Ritchie, Gemma Threlfall and Lilli Peters closed in 49th, the 8th B-Team to finish.
The best individual performance of the day came from Jack Meijer who ran the third fastest time of the day in the under 20 men’s race. He clocked 8:35 for his 3km leg. He was well backed up by Ewan Forsythe but an injury to their third runner meant they were unable to complete a team.
The senior men ran a 5km lap with a team of four. Their A team finished a very creditable 31st from a field of over 180. Sam Winters opened the race for MMKAC and ran 16:06 to hand over to Paul Mizon in 39th place. Paul ran 16:32 and claimed two places. Dan Woodgate on leg 3 clocked 16:27 to pick up 5 places to hand over to Tom Cuthbertson in 32nd position. Tom gained one further place with his time of 17:04. Their B-Team closed in 44th with the quartet of James Tuttle, Liam Smith, Tom Comerford and Jeremy Vick, the 7th B-Team to finish.
Best placed of the junior teams were the under 17 boys with the trio of Finlay Gibbs, Leo Freeland and Matthew Dicks finishing 22nd from a field of 96. The under 17 ladies closed in 29th with the team of Imogen King, Montana Edghill and Anna Usteran-Anderegg.