Wycombe Phoenix

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…)

South Of England Cross Country Relays 2017 – Wormwood Scrubs

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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Senior Women 3x3km:
Running a hard 3km cross country on a windy Saturday afternoon was a little different for the trio of Lucy, Jess and Laura. That though is the beauty of a relay. It can often bring together lots of different types of runner, doing an unusual distance.

We weren’t in a position to enter any ladies teams in any relay events last year as we didn’t have much company for Lucy Rogers. This year though it is looking a lot more promising. Lucy led the team home in an excellent 7th place in 12.33. Jess Gray had a 50mile outing in the evening (pacing a friend of hers in an event!) A 13.26 clocking was obviously the ideal warm up and we were still well in the top 10. Next up an apprehensive Laura Street who was making her debut for the Club. With the Bournmouth marathon probably still in her legs from a couple of weeks before, Laura ran strongly in 13.33 to finish in 9th place. A very pleasing result and a lot to look forward to from our ladies team for the rest of the winter.
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Chiltern League Oxford (Match 1 – October 2017)

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Senior MenOn an unusually warm autumn day, a grand total of 66 of the club’s athletes made the journey to Oxford to compete in the first Chiltern League race of the season, resulting in the club finishing 4th overall, one of the best starts the club has made for a number of years. At the same race last year, we managed a total of 51 athletes with a number of incomplete teams. In contrast this year, we had complete teams across all age groups.  Promotion to Division 1 at the end of last season means the club will be under pressure this year to put out strong teams across all ages.

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2017 Wycombe Phoenix Harriers’ Schools XC – Results

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

14th Annual WPH Schools Cross Country Races
In some very mixed autumnal weather, WPH’s Schools’ Cross Country races took place on Saturday 7th October. In its 14th year, the event again secured entries of over 600 athletes from over 40 schools. The club was once again pleased to receive entries from several schools entering the competition for the first time.

Please use the link below to download a copy of the results.

2017 Results

Congratulations to Gateway School for, once again, retaining the Chris Aperghis Cup awarded to the top Year 5/6 school with a set of fantastic performances in both age groups. Individual medals were presented on the day. Uncollected team medals and the Chris Aperghis Cup will be sent to the winning schools as soon as possible.

National Road Relays – October 2017 – Race Report

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Although not Hurricane Irma, it was a little bit blustery at Sutton Park, Birmingham for this years National Road Relays. We managed to enter 5 full teams and this time it wasn’t an all girl affair like the Southern Road Relays two weeks earlier, as Team Manager Kevin Stilwell had been able to muster up two boys teams.

Roux Kerr kicked off the day’s proceedings for the U15 boys team, handing over to Alex Mitchell, who managed to gain a solid 6 places before handing over to Harvey Bell, who had a blistering final leg making up 17 places. The team finished 63rd.

nrr after the start of the U15 boys race, Izzy Wijsman battled her way through the start of the U15 girls race. In what turned out to be one of the highlights of the day, she handed over to Hatty Bell after posting a time of time of 15:43 – 2nd fastest Wycombe girl. (more…)

Southern Road Relays – Sept 2017 – Race Report

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Crystal Palace provided a great location for the Southern Road Relay Champs. In contrast to last year’s cold and windswept conditions at Bedford, this year’s competition took place on a beautifully sunny autumn day. Although the setting was a little strange for ‘road’ relays as the races started and ended inside the stadium.

The first leg of the U15 girls race was a crowded affair with well over 40 girls on the track jostling for position. Hatty Bell battled her way through and made up good ground once out the stadium, handing over to Maddy Wood who handed over to Kirsten Stilwell.

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Kirsten made up significant ground and ended up with the second fastest time of the day in 9:34 bringing the girls home in 25th. In the U17 girls race Cerys Vico got off to a flying start and posted Wycombe’s second fastest time of the day after Kirsten. The team was ably supported by Emma Styles and Bettina Hanlon who both did well to bring the team through in a highly respectable 20th place.

The U17 girls 2nd team was led out by Ana Montgomery, followed by Siân Vico (extending her repertoire from sprints) and Mia Waterhouse. The girls battled hard warm conditions.

 

 

 

Its great to welcome ex 1.44 800m man James Mcilroy into the Club. Unfortunately, the drawn out procedure for changing allegiance meant he missed out on being cleared to run in the scoring A team by 5 days, so ran in a non scoring B team.

snr men crystal palacePeter Finn and Kieran Gilfedder were up against it on the first 2 legs but they held their nerve and can both be pleased with their runs.Joe Branch and Ben Sendall then went to work and picked up 30 places. The last two legs are tough in a relay as everyone becomes more spread out but Sean Wilson and David Clark consolidated our position and we wound up 42nd. We had hoped for a top 30 finish but with an average age of 23.6, we can look forward to making a lot of progress in this event in the future.

So four good performances against top competition but we still have work to do as a Club as we were unable to field teams in the boys age groups and senior women. It would be great to see Wycombe vests in every race next year.

 

Wycombe Phoenix Success at the English Schools National Championships 2017

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Wycombe Phoenix Harriers took three athletes to the prestigious National English Schools championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham last weekend. Emily Sanderson in the Junior Girls long jump, Emily Smith in the Senior Girls 400m hurdles and Kirsten Stilwell in the Junior Girls 1500m.

KS ESAAIn her first English Schools competition Sanderson jumped 4:90 placing her 14th in a large high quality field. In the 400m hurdles Smith finished 4th in her heat,  not quite enough to make the final. This was her final English Schools competition before heading off to University.

The stand out performance of the weekend went to Kirsten who cruised through her 1500m heat on Friday and dominated Saturday’s final to be crowned English Schools Champion.  Kirsten proved her class by controlling the majority of the race from the front against top quality opposition. Her time of 4:31.85 was a personal best and cemented her place as one of the fastest in the country this year. The time also meant she beat the clubs record for the event, which has been unbroken since 1971!

 

Excellent Start to the Track Season at Alpha Beta 2017

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Alpha Beta 2017 (Partial team photo)Enjoying a sunny day of athletics at Lee Valley, our female athletes kicked off the 2017 track & field season with some exciting results. Overall, our Seniors finished 2nd place and U15s came 4th, competing alongside athletes from some top clubs, and also managing to fill every single event. Thanks to everyone who competed on the day. And…well done to athletes who achieved new PB’s and those who achieved close to their PBs at this early point in the season. What a great start!

Upcoming track and field fixture dates  can be found on the Fixtures tab. Please make a note of these dates. Do get in touch now with the relevant Team Managers and your own coach, to let them know your availability to compete and what events you would like to be considered for. There are many opportunities to compete for the club and we look forward to seeing many of our newer athletes taking part. Remember also to register yourself on Power of 10 website as this is a great place to track your performances over the season, if you have not already done so.

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ECAA Saucony National Cross Country Champs – Feb 2017

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Nationals cross country champ course mapWell done to our athletes who competed at the National Cross Country Champs at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Here are a few photos from some of the races. To view, click on  (more…)