Vale men clean up in the mud

Vale of Aylesbury's men's team
Vale of Aylesbury's men's team

A team of Vale of Aylesbury athletes joined thousands of others in the senior men’s race at Parliament Hill, North London on Saturday for the Southern Cross Country Championships.

The race was across 15k, and as the last one of the day, the ground had already been churned up by all the previous age groups. It is a long haul up the hill in slippery conditions.

Just under 1,000 runners completed the race, undoubtedly some fell by the wayside.

Vale’s athletes can be very proud of their performances, continuing a great cross country season Rob Taylor was again the first man across the line in 193rd place in a time of 61:09.

Martyn Summerfield (65:59) and Lewis Meredith (66:09) were the next two home with Sean Wilson, Phil Corbett, Alan Roberts and Henry Edwardes-Evans making up the team.

Henry has been running for the Club for many years and declared it the worst conditions he has known; Sean Wilson just wanted to see flat tarmac instead of muddy hills.

In the other age categories, James Davis was Vale’s only other competitor and he finished a very credible 66th in the U20 race in a time of 32:08.