Wycombe Phoenix

National Inter Counties Cross Country Champs 2018

Mud, mud, glorious mud, nothing quite like it for making running and spectating extra difficult!

When veteran Athletics Weekly photographer Mark Shearman says the conditions at Saturday’s Inter Counties in Loughborough were the worst he has had to work in, you know it must be bad.

But most of the complaining came from the spectators and not the athletes from the club who had been selected to represent their county. After some frantic changing of spikes from 9mm to 12 and 15mm they were ready to get on with the job in hand.

First from the club to brave the mud was Rollo Parry in the U13 boys team. The county team at this age group is particularly strong and Rollo was our highest finisher of the day coming in 118th (309) and 7th in the Bucks team The team finished 4th, just missing out on a medal position. This shouldIC2018OB give Rollo confidence going into the English Schools XC final on the 17th March. Olivia Brown also U13, finished well in the girls race coming 141st (302), this is another strong age group and the team finished 5th overall.

Competing for the county for the first time, U15 Jacob Sanderson fully justified his selection by coming 5th in the Bucks team and 200th overall. This is a great results for Jacob who has been steadily improving over the season and is coming into form at the right time and hopefully will have a good final run at the English Schools final.




It was great to see that half of the U17 women’s team was made up with athletes from the club. Cerys Vico seems to be finishing her season in the same style in which she started it way back at the first Chiltern League in Oxford where she came 4th. Today she came 2nd out of the Bucks team and 119th overall (278), which should give her plenty of confidence going into the track season. Mia Waterhouse and Emma Styles have been the surprise packages this season, both of them competing for the county for the first time this year and both justifying their selections, finishing 5th and 6th out of the Bucks runners. Ana Montgomery was unfortunate to lose one of her spikes on the first bend and had to run the rest of the race (5K) with one shoe. But Ana being Ana carried on as though nothing had happened and finished the race strongly and came in 7th in the Bucks team.

In thIC2018U17We U17 mens race Myles Caddell had something to prove, he had narrowly missed out on selection for the English Schools final and was determined to make up for it with a strong run. He didn’t disappoint and finished 4th out of the Bucks team and 127th in the race. He looked comfortable throughout and made a decisive move towards the end, making up several places over the last quarter of a mile. Finn Bell got off to an excellent start but unfortunately had to retire from the race due to a stomach problem.

The U15 girls had to wait till late in the afternoon and after the course had been made worse by the previous races. Representing the club were Izzy Wijsman and Megan Harris. Izzy got off to a difficult start getting stuck in the starting melee, but she didn’t let this put her off and worked her way steadily through the field, although her finishing position isn’t currently showing in the results. Megan worked hard, giving it everything as ever and finished 239th.

This was one of the clubs best representations at the Inter Counties and hopefully we can build on this next year.

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