Wycombe Phoenix

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…)

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!