Wycombe Phoenix

Chiltern League Keysoe (Match 4 – January 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.





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