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Information Evening – Tuesday 6th February – For new and seasoned members

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

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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.

 

 

 

 

WPH 2018 London Marathon Entry

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

London Marathon 2018 Ballot Flyer

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.

Radio Stars

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Alan Harris, a parent and volunteer for WPH is also a volunteer journalist for the local community radio station Wycombe Sound (106.6FM). He interviewed Sally Delgado, meeting organiser at the WPH Schools Cross Country event as part of a series of interviews on focusing on behind the scenes work at local sports clubs/events, in particular, on the volunteers/coaches/supporters. The interview was broadcast on the Wycombe Sound  Sports Show on Tuesday 24 October or you can listen to it here.

 

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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