Wycombe Phoenix

Chiltern League Stopsley Park, Luton (Match 3 – December 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

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