Wycombe Phoenix

3rd Chiltern League

Wycombe Phoenix delivered on their aim of getting into the promotion places in the Chiltern Cross Country league with a fine team performance on Saturday which leaves them second in Division 2 with 2 matches to go. The match was held at Culham and fiendish course design meant that athletes had to climb up a muddy motocross course up to 6 times in the course of a race.

Kirsten Stilwell continued her domination of the under 13 girls age group with a gun to tape victory. She has now won all three matches this season. She was ably followed up by Emily Sanderson 5th, Izzie Wijsman 7th, Maddy Wood 17th, Ella Griffin 19th and Charlotte Warkcup 20th for a convincing team win on the day and overall lead for the season.

Seb Garry followed up his win at Milton Keynes with another 1st place in the under 17 men’s race. He judged his run perfectly hanging off the leaders for the first lap then moving up and overtaking as they came off the last hill into the finish. Cameron Almand ran his first cross country race after a long term injury to get 2nd in the division (15th overall) backed up by Dan Weathers 6th and Aidan Kingman, Sammy Taylor and Miles Kingman 9th, 10th and 11th respectively also meaning that the team won on the day and lead in the division so far this season.

The most surprising winner on the day was the senior men’s team. Kieran Gilfedder dashed back from university to record a 6th place. Bradley Lawrence in 10th, Mark Booth 11th, David Clarke 13th, Peter Finn 14th, Will Langley 27th, Mike Taylor 45th and Simon North 58th formed the backbone of the victorious team. Even team manager David Randall’s struggle round in 71st place made a scoring difference. Adding in the fact that Bradley, David and Peter repeated their feat from the last race as the first 3 under 20s home in division 2 made it a great day overall for the seniors.

Elsewhere Natasha Taylor was 2nd with the under 17/under 20 women 3rd. Harvey Bell was 3rd under 13 boy home leading the team also to 3rd, for the under 15s the girls were 2nd and the boys 3rd. Earlier in the day the under 11 boys were 3rd with Nick Cay 3rd and Rollo Parry 9th.

Team Managers Mark Delgado and David Randall were satisfied on a good day’s work right across the age groups, “there’s still a lot of racing to be done to bounce straight back into the top division though with 2 more fixtures one of which is a home fixture for our main rivals.

Photos on the club Facebook page.

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