Wycombe Phoenix

Junior Club Champs 2018 – Sunday 15th April – RESULTS

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Many thanks to everyone who competed, supported, officiated and volunteered at our event today. Despite the deteriorating weather towards the end of the day, we witnessed some great performances from Wycombe Phoenix athletes and from our guests – particularly from Chiltern Harriers and Cookham Runners who supported us again fantastically this year. It was great, also, to host the U15/U17 Buckinghamshire County 3000m Championships for the first time this year.

Here is a full set of results:

U13 / U15 Track Results

U13 / U15 Field Results

Year 3/4 Girls QuadKids

Year 3/4 Boys QuadKids

Year 5 Girls QuadKids

Year 5 Boys QuadKids

 

National Inter Counties Cross Country Champs 2018

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Mud, mud, glorious mud, nothing quite like it for making running and spectating extra difficult!

When veteran Athletics Weekly photographer Mark Shearman says the conditions at Saturday’s Inter Counties in Loughborough were the worst he has had to work in, you know it must be bad.

But most of the complaining came from the spectators and not the athletes from the club who had been selected to represent their county. After some frantic changing of spikes from 9mm to 12 and 15mm they were ready to get on with the job in hand.

First from the club to brave the mud was Rollo Parry in the U13 boys team. The county team at this age group is particularly strong and Rollo was our highest finisher of the day coming in 118th (309) and 7th in the Bucks team The team finished 4th, just missing out on a medal position. This shouldIC2018OB give Rollo confidence going into the English Schools XC final on the 17th March. Olivia Brown also U13, finished well in the girls race coming 141st (302), this is another strong age group and the team finished 5th overall.

Competing for the county for the first time, U15 Jacob Sanderson fully justified his selection by coming 5th in the Bucks team and 200th overall. This is a great results for Jacob who has been steadily improving over the season and is coming into form at the right time and hopefully will have a good final run at the English Schools final.

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It was great to see that half of the U17 women’s team was made up with athletes from the club. Cerys Vico seems to be finishing her season in the same style in which she started it way back at the first Chiltern League in Oxford where she came 4th. Today she came 2nd out of the Bucks team and 119th overall (278), which should give her plenty of confidence going into the track season. Mia Waterhouse and Emma Styles have been the surprise packages this season, both of them competing for the county for the first time this year and both justifying their selections, finishing 5th and 6th out of the Bucks runners. Ana Montgomery was unfortunate to lose one of her spikes on the first bend and had to run the rest of the race (5K) with one shoe. But Ana being Ana carried on as though nothing had happened and finished the race strongly and came in 7th in the Bucks team.

In thIC2018U17We U17 mens race Myles Caddell had something to prove, he had narrowly missed out on selection for the English Schools final and was determined to make up for it with a strong run. He didn’t disappoint and finished 4th out of the Bucks team and 127th in the race. He looked comfortable throughout and made a decisive move towards the end, making up several places over the last quarter of a mile. Finn Bell got off to an excellent start but unfortunately had to retire from the race due to a stomach problem.

The U15 girls had to wait till late in the afternoon and after the course had been made worse by the previous races. Representing the club were Izzy Wijsman and Megan Harris. Izzy got off to a difficult start getting stuck in the starting melee, but she didn’t let this put her off and worked her way steadily through the field, although her finishing position isn’t currently showing in the results. Megan worked hard, giving it everything as ever and finished 239th.

This was one of the clubs best representations at the Inter Counties and hopefully we can build on this next year.

National Cross Country Champs 2018 – Parliament Hill

Monday, February 26th, 2018

This year ‘The Nationals’ returned to its spiritual home – Parliament Hill. This is the biggest race of the cross country calendar and the ingredients were there for a great days racing; the sun shone, not too much mud(!), everyone found a parking space, the trains were on time and to top it all the view from the tent was lovely. (more…)

Chiltern League Campbell Park (Match 5 – February 2018)

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The Chiltern League is over for another year and its been a tough one. Oxford started off warm and dry with no mud, but the weather and the mud has got steadily worse with each race. But this, after all, is cross country! Doing well in a cross country league is all about consistency over all the fixtures. We started the season well back in October. We struggled a little in the 2nd fixture at Teardrop Lakes but thereafter we have gone from strength to strength.

The SM went into the final match at Campbell Park in 3rd, with a 94 point buffer over 4th. We were determined we weren’t going to lose this and every runner from the Keysoe toed the start line again. In the end the result was never in doubt and we took CL 5 - SMbronze by nearly 300 points. Joe Branch again led the team home in 11th. He’d been pretty ill the previous week but there was never any chance of him missing this one. With half a mile to go, a few good club athletes thought they had the scalp of Olympian, James Mcilroy. 800m though is ‘his thing’ and he powered past 10 athletes to finish within 30 secs of Joe in 15th.  David Clark, Peter Finn, Frank Fulcher, Chris Filer, Andy Walling, Tim Hogbin, Sean Wilson all followed in the top 67. Kieran Gilfedder and Will Langley then fought out the 10th scoring spot and the job was done!

A special mention also to Ben Sendall who was our highest place finisher in any match with his brilliant 3rd place in the first match.

After 3 matches the SW were lying 7th. We knew though that if we could get a full 6 runners out that we would be a lot higher. A brilliant performance at Keysoe moved us into 5th. Could the women actually get a medal as well? On Tuesday it didn’t seem possible. We only had 2 confirmed runners and one of those was ill! However, come Saturday afternoon,  we had 6! Jenny Roberts even delayed her family half term break in order to be there.

Lucy Rogers ran her best race of the year to come 3rd and took herself into 3rd overall. Next home was European Masters champion, Zoe Doyle who was making her debut for CL 5 - SWthe Club. After months out recovering from a stress fracture, we would have been happy with a finish in the mid teens. Zoe though surprised everyone with a brilliant 5th place. Jenny and Nicki Johnson followed, both getting better with every race. Jess Gray and Fran Sille then completed our team. With 6 in 29, we couldn’t have done much more on the day. In the end though it wasn’t enough and we finished in 4th overall. An incomplete team in the 2nd and 3rd fixtures cost us. Congratulations though to Dacorum who were more consistent throughout the season.

With it being half term we struggled a little for numbers in the junior age groups. However, there seems to be a growing crop of keen U11s who have made an appearance through the season. Well done to the following athletes who have competed in at least 4 races; Libby Sutton, Ellie Faulkner, Casper Chillingworth (who finished 9th in the League), William Alexander, Charlie Kassar, Rufus Parry and William Foster.

The U13s have performed well, in the U13 boys Rollo Parry has been blazing a trail and at the end of the final match finished 8th. The U13 girls have been led by the dynamic duo of Olivia Brown and Tilly Firth. The girls finishing 10th and 14th respectively.

In the U15 age groups where we have typically been stronger in previous years; this year we have struggled due to reduced numbers. Hopefully, next year we will have more runners in this age group as some of the talented U13s move up. But of the U15s who did race, all performed brilliantly. On Saturday Megan Harris showed great determination coming 4th in Division 1 which is an excellent result and our best junior performance of the day in a difficult age group. Although not available for the final match, Izzy Wijsman is worth a mention. She has had a great season – focussed and consistent throughout – finishing 10th overall. She’ll be a great asset to the U17s when she moves up next year. In the U15 boys Jacob Sanderson improved greatly over the course of the 5 races and had a solid run in the final match to finish 14th on the day and an excellent 9th overall in the League.

In the U17s category, where we have previously struggled for numbers, we have been strong and held our own in Division 1. Coming into the final match, the U17 boys were in 3rd place and needed a good turnout to secure bronze. On the day, Myles Caddell led the boys home followed by a steadily improving Tom Crockett, Hal Burtenshaw and Marcus Waterhouse. All 4 boys scored to guarantee a team bronze.

We also fielded a full team in the U17 girls. Cerys Vico led the team home, followed by Mia Waterhouse (with a strong sprint finish) and the ever reliable Ana Montgomery. After the race the team was awarded bronze, although there is still some confusion over this result and we are awaiting clarification from the League.

For the juniors to remain competitive next season, we will need to increase numbers across the age groups, in order to reduce our reliance on the same small number of athletes turning out for each race.

 

 

SEAA Cross Country Champs 2018 – Stanmer Park, Brighton

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

SEAA SC Every third year, the Southern Cross Country Champs moves away from Parliament Hill to Stanmer Park in Brighton. An easier course? Not a chance. This is even hillier!

Our seniors have been doing well in the Chiltern league. What could they do against the best of the South of England? After a 5th place finish in the Championship last year, hopes were high for the u20
men. We had a problem though. Seb Garry reported on Tuesday that he was struggling with his hip. He wanted to give it a go but it became clear on his warm up that he couldn’t run. No team on this occasion but we’re very appreciative to Seb for his efforts to try and make it happen. The other boys were still intent though on doing their best and brilliant runs came from Jeremy Taylor, David Clark and Peter Finn. Cam
bridge University student, Jeremy, liked the sound of the competition opportunities we could provide and had a blinder with an 18th place finish. David Clark has been training incredibly hard the last few months, 60-70miles a week. The results haven’t quite been coming though…until now. 33rd was a great improvement on his 45th last year. Peter Finn’s progression this year has been great to see. A conservative start saw him lying last after 200m! Thereafter he picked his way through the field to finish in a very pleasing 47th. Even with Seb, we wouldn’t have quite medalled but some very encouraging performances nevertheless.

Last year our Senior Women’s team was Lucy Rogers. This year, she had 5 more Phoenix women for company. With more waiting in the wings, the future is looking very promising. On an increSEAA SC SWasingly muddy course, Lucy was as good as ever leading the team home in 42nd.  There is very little between Jenny Roberts, Nicki Johnson and Laura Street. At the last Chiltern League, Laura came out on top. On this occasion, Jenny was next home in 82nd, closely followed by Nicki in 85th and Laura in 99th. Jess Gray and Beth Brown completed our team in 119th and 152nd. 11th place overall is a great achievement and a lot to look forward to.

The Senior Men have the pleasure of 15km in the Southern. When you add in some incredibly tough climbs, a course that has already had 9 races over it, and increasingly heavy rain, then you’re in for a long day! Our men’s team has come on a lot but it was obvious on Saturday that we need a few more runners. With the u20s running separately in the Championship, x6 to score is not easy. With Sean Wilson struck down with the flu and a work weary James Mcilroy unable to finish, we were down to 5 men. Great runs from them all though. Joe Branch was gutted to miss all the big races with a calf injury last year. This yeaSEAA SC -JBr though, he hasn’t missed a race. Joe is super quick but could he handle 15km? He certainly could, moving through the field for a 79th place finish. Another year of training will surely see him challenging the top 25. Frank Fulcher and Tim Hogbin have been two of the stalwarts of the cross country team this season. 237th and 300th were good finishes. As well as helping Richard coaching our u17s, Chris Filer is proving himself to be pretty useful over the country. A great battle with Tim saw them swapping positions throughout the race, with Chris eventually coming out on top by 3 places. Andy Walling, a sub 3.50 1500m man in his prime, completed the team in 339th. For a man on very limited training, it was a very solid run.

 

In the Junior age groupSEAA SC - JSs we were hit by a variety of illnesses, injuries, exams and other ailments! This meant we only managed to field one complete team – the U17 men. Hopefully we’ll have a much bigger turnout at the Nationals, as we head towards spring!

 

The U15 boys team was reduced to just one runner – Jacob Sanderson, who has been steadily improving this season and looked comfortable over the hilly terrain and finished in the top half. In the u15 girls we had Megan Harris and Maddy Wood. Both girls gave it everything as usual, Megan finishing 90th and Maddy 156th. In the U17 women we were represented bravely by Bettina Hanlon, who despite being unwell during the week battled round the tough course to finish 100th. Finally, onto the U17 men, for which we had the luxury of more than a full team. After a strong start Myles Caddell had to withdraw due to illness, Tom Crockett quickly filled the gap, followed by Fin Dyer, Hal Burtenshaw and Marcus Waterhouse, in the end the team finished 14th.

Chiltern League Keysoe (Match 4 – January 2018)

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

A great start to the cross country season in 2017 meant we were well up the table in the League and every chance of chasing medals in several age groups come the 4th round at Keysoe.

This year, the now infamous ‘water splash’, was more of a puddle when compared to last year’s lake, which was relief for many. But it didn’t stop it being the focal point for spectators – maybe hoping for the odd face-plant!

The Senior Men put in another great performance. Going into the race, we were 36 points down on 4th position. We are now 94 points clear of Aylesbury in 3rd. Joe Branch continues to get better leading the team home again with a best ever finish of 13th.

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Photo by Barry Cornelius

Not far behind was James Mcilroy. A couple of months of very limited training had resulted in a 61st place in the last fixture. The difference though a few weeks of good training can make to an athlete of his calibre. This time 17th!

A successful team though is not just about the stars at the front. It’s your athletes a little further back in the pack. Always there, always scoring good points. David Clark, Sean Wilson, Frank Fulcher, Kieran Gilfedder, Tim Hogbin reliable as ever. 4 matches. 4 runs. Frank and Tim both came into the fixture nursing tight calfs. They knew though there was a job to be done and they nailed it.

The Senior Ladies team has been building all seasoCL 4 - Snr Womenn but until Saturday not quite come to the boil! Lucy Rogers returned to the fray to lead the team home. Last year she didn’t have much company but it is a different story now. Laura Street and Jenny Roberts had brilliant runs to finish in 10th and 13th respectively. Nicki Johnson is used to mud, hills and water in OCR racing but cross country is a little different. She too made a big move from her run at Oxford. Beth Brown and Jess Gray brought the team home for a very pleasing 2nd place finish. We didn’t have the numbers in the last two matches so a team medal might be just out of reach but who knows!

 

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Photo by Barry Cornelius

The U17 Women remain in 3rd place in the league, but are now just 3 points ahead of the 4th place St Albans Striders. Just 5 points separate 2nd and 4th places, so everything to play for in the final match. Bettina Hanlon had a strong race despite time away from training, as too did Emma Styles, who continues her great season. There was a much better turn out in the U15 Girls compared to the Luton match and we managed a full scoring team. Sophie Thomas finished well up the field and is improving each race. The U13 girls turned out in numbers too and the team managed a 6th place out of 14 teams. Olivia Brown was our highest finisher and is fast becoming a very accomplished cross country runner.

The U17 Men came 6th and slipped into 3rd place in the league and are in danger of slipping out of the medals without a big final push at Milton Keynes. Our newest member Tom CrCL4 - LKockett continues to improve and was our second finisher. Jacob Sanderson was our highest placed CL 4 - JSU15 boy in 14th after a great run. Luke Kempton continued his race-on-race improvement, this time the second Wycombe runner, proving himself to be a key member of the team. The U13 boys had 6 runners and all ran enthusiastically placing 6th. Rollo Parry came 10th in the division.

 

We had another great turnout in the U11 age group with a total of 12 athletes running. Casper Chillingworth finished 10th in a field of 74, which is a great result. For the girls Libby Sutton was 21st out of 58, with Thea Gray close behind in 23rd. Hopefully they all enjoyed their runs and are becoming keen cross country runners.

 

 

 

 

SEAA Inter Counties XC 2017 – Oxford

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

What a difference a year makes and to quote an overused cliché, the Phoenix is definitely rising! At last years SEAA Inter Counties we had a total of 6 athletes from the club chosen to represent the county, at this years race on Saturday we had a grand total of 13, more than double!

SEAA IC RPThe race was at Horspath (Oxford), which for many of our athletes was their second outing this season at this popular course. It was a freezing cold day and the ground was firm, which suited our speedier runners. The racing started with the U13s and we immediately had a medal winner – Rollo Parry. Rollo built on his strong run at the previous week’s Chiltern League and came 4th in the Bucks team, the team overall placing 3rd to gain themselves bronze medals, a great result.

In the U15s age groups we had Izzy Wijsman in the girls race and Harvey Bell in the boys, both justifying their selections coming 7th in the county team.SEAA IC - U17B

In our strongest age group, the U17s, we had a total of 7 athletes representing the county. For 4 of them (Myles Caddell, Fin Dyer, Mia Waterhouse, Emma Styles) this was their first time in a Bucks vest. In the U17 boys race Finn Bell had a strong run and was our first runner coming 5th in the Bucks team, closely followed by Myles 7th and Fin 8th.

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The start of the U17 girls race was a crowded affair as they were running with the U20s for the first part of the race. Despite the numbers, the girls seemed to have got off to good starts. In particular Cerys Vico was right up with the leaders and was looking strong. By the end of the race Cerys had held up well aSEAA IC JRnd finished 3rd in the Bucks team, followed closely by Bettina Hanlon 5th, Emma Styles 6th and Mia Waterhouse 7th.  All the girls finished strongly which reflected the positive approach they had taken to the race.

Finally, in the Senior Women’s race Jenny Roberts, one our newer senior athletes, was running in a Bucks vest for the first time and came 5th in the county team. Well done Jenny.

Chiltern League Stopsley Park, Luton (Match 3 – December 2017)

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

There was quite a lot resting on Saturdays Chiltern League at Stopsley Park, Luton. The club needed to consolidate its 4th place position in Div 1 and try to keep Chiltern Harriers (currently 680 points ahead) in sight. The U17 Women’s team needed a good turn out to gain some points to stay in a medal position. The U17 boys, also in a medal position, needed to put some distance between themselves and Bedford and County in 4th.CL3 - JB

There were also a significant number of County selections in the balance for next weekend’s Southern Inter Counties at Oxford. The final team selections were to be made on a first past the post basis in this race.

The good news was that the Senior men’s team had one of it’s strongest line-ups of the season and it was also great to see Pippa Woolven back running for the club.

In the Senior Women we were nearly very good. If it were 5 to score, we would have won the match, but as at Milton Keynes we couldn’t get a full sextet out and the result was that we ended up 6th. However, this was still a very encouraging performance.  Behind CL3 - PWPippa we had 4 strong runs from Jess Gray, Jenny Roberts, Beth Brown and Laura Street. If we can add in our big hitters, Lucy Rogers and Alex Cook, from the first two matches we would have the best team in the league.

The Men’s team scored 1630, which saw them rise from 7th to 4th in the table, and just 12 points off a medal position. In a top quality field, Joe Branch led the team home with his best performance to date in 17th. The other stand out run was from Peter Finn who continues to get better and better with a 51st place finish. Doing well in the League though is about consistency and we are now developing a good core of runners who always run, and perform well, and if we can keep this going we can hopefully soon challenge the likes of Milton Keynes and Bedford.

Once again the U17s were our strongest teams. The U17 girl’s 3rd place position in the league table was bolstered by strong runs from Bettina Hanlon and Mia Waterhouse and by the return of CerysCL3 - BH Vico. This is a very close age group with just 3 points separating the top 3 teams on the day.

Finn Bell brought home the U17 men’s team, just ahead of Myles Caddell, the team scored 121 points, joint 1st with Vale Of Aylesbury and moving into 2nd place in the league, ahead of CL3 - FBChiltern Harriers in 3rd.

As a result of some strong performances a number of athletes guaranteed their Bucks team selection for next weekend’s SEAA Inter Counties at Oxford. Notably half of the Bucks U17 Women’s team next weekend will be made up of Wycombe Phoenix athletes. Well done to all those selected (full details to follow).

Other highlights were a 6th place for Rollo Parry in the U13 boys and 9th for Izzy Wijsman in the U15 girls. But we still need a bigger turn out in the lower age groups.

All photos by Barry Cornelius

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Cross Country Champs 2017

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Well done to everyone that competed at the BBO Cross Country Champs on Sunday 19th. The course was deceptively hard, with the steep hills hidden from view at the start. The ground was both firm in parts and muddy in others, making the hills particularly tricky.

Snr W BBOStars of the day were the senior women’s team, who gained an individual medal with Lucy Rogers coming 2nd senior woman and a team bronze, with teammates Laura Street and Bethany Brown.

The men were just out of the medals coming 4th, with Joe Branch placing 5th senior man.

For the juniors, the U17 boy’s team had the best result of the day coming in just short of a medal position in 4th, with Finn Bell coming 6th. The U17 girls team was hit by some last minute hiccups but performed really well considering, coming in 5th.  U17s BBOWe struggled for numbers in the other age groups, but those who raced ran well. The competition as a whole was dominated by the big 3 club’s; Windsor, Reading and Bracknell. The club is growing, but we need more athletes across these age groups if we are to compete against the bigger clubs.

Chiltern League Tear Drop Lakes (Match 2 – November 2017)

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

The weather forecast wasn’t good for Saturday’s Chiltern League at Tear Drop Lakes, AnaMCL2however the weather didn’t do what it was supposed to and in fact we had almost no rain and at times the sun broke through the clouds. Because the Cross Challenge was taking place at the same event, the races were stacked with some of the best runners in the country and it makes for a unique opportunity for club runners to race alongside Olympians – well maybe not quite alongside… except at the start… for a few seconds!

The club didn’t quite get the same number of athletes out as we did in round 1. This was in part due to the English Schools Cup falling on the same day. But it shows that although the club is gro (more…)