Wycombe Phoenix

SEAA Inter Counties XC 2017 – Oxford

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.

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