The junior section had a better turnout at this weekends Chiltern League at Keysoe, we had most of our athletes who had previously been away at schools races back on duty. The day started with the U11 races. In the girls race we had 5 competing, with Amelie Cox leading the way home in 40th place followed by Libby Walling 48th, Alba Buron Bailey 73rd, Pearl Morris 75th and Amanda Mitchell 77th. In the boys race, 4 ran, with Seb Maule our first finisher in 25th, followed by Edward Faulkner 46th, Joel Crook 50th and Archie Burton 52nd.
In the U13 girls race we had our usual strong contingent of regulars. First home was Evie Burton in 11th (D1), followed closely by Libby Sutton 14th, Ellie Faulkner 29th, Ivy Uhart 30th, Lyla Griffin 36th, Mae Burton 38th, Iris Cooper 44th and Emma Westbrook 49th. The team is currently 4th in the league on 502 points just 24 points behind Milton Keynes. Let’s see if we can close the gap in the final match and push for a medal position.
We are currently struggling for numbers in the U13 boys, but those that raced did their best in difficult conditions. Casper Chillingworth finished 33rd, supported by Daniel Cogan 52nd and Rufus Parry 55th.
We were nearly back to full strength in the U15 girls, with the return of 3 girls who had missed the 2 previous matches away at English Schools races. Olivia Brown finished 9th after a strong run and was followed by Sally Walling 23rd, Amy Hogbin 27th, Emma Caddell 29th and Tilly Firth 34th.
The U15 boys race probably provided the two stand-out performances of the day. The first came from Rai Lenoire who ran a storming race to finish 5th, his previous best was 13th at Oxford at the start of the season! The other came from Frank Buron Bailey who ran most of the race (two laps!) with just one shoe and a barefoot (no sock). There were rumours that he may have been the subject of a shark attack in the ‘water feature’. Despite this he managed to complete the course and didn’t finish last. They were ably supported by Owen Westbrook 23rd, who has been on of our most consistent and reliable performers this season.
Photos courtesy of guest photographer Richard Claessens
Report written by Mike Taylor
The senior men were third in match 4 and are also third in the overall standings with 7525, 2nd Bedford 8668 and 1st Marshall Milton Keynes 8749. The vet men were 8th and are 11th overall.
The under 20 men were fourth in match 4 and overall are 7th.
The senior women were third in match 4 but continue to lead overall with 3263, 2nd Chiltern 3150, 3rd Marshall Milton Keynes AC 2976. The vet women were 6th and are third overall.
The under 17/20 women are in third with 322, 2nd Bedford and County AC 346 and 1st Chiltern Harriers 357.
The Senior Men were faced with 3 laps of mud, wind and knee-deep water in what proved to be an extremely challenging course. Despite this, there
were terrific performances throughout the team as they looked to hold on to their third position in the League. First in for Wycombe was Kieran Gilfedder
with another solid run, finishing in 12th in Division 1. Following in closely was Joe Branch in 16th place, continuing to build some serious momentum into the business end of the cross country season. Next in was Fin Dyer in 23rd, making a strong return to the Chiltern League scene. David Clark was our next man in, coming in 35th on what was a tough day in the office. Rob Wright had another strong run for 39th, battling well through the wind. Liam Busby followed in next in 49th, scoring valuable points for the team with Sean Wilson following in a second later for 51st. Olly Kidd came in next for 59th, continuing to make good progress from race to race. Chiltern League stalwart Frank Fulcher followed in next in 64th place and to round of the scoring 10 was Dean Childs in 70th place, another one currently getting stronger each race. Clark Schofield ran well for 80th, providing strong support to the team. James Roberts returned for another slice of the cross country cake, coming in for 86th place. Another new recruit, Mark Topham, debuted for the team in 103rd place, followed in by
another regular from the last few seasons, Tim Hogbin in 106th. Scott Wixon-Nelson continues to improve with every race and showed this again with
a great 136th place finish. Rounding off for Wycombe was Mike Taylor in 174th place, putting in another consistent performance.
Overall, the men’s team moved further clear in 3rd
place and will be looking to secure a third consecutive bronze medal in the
final fixture at Campbell Park.
1st Matt Bergin 34.55 Bedford and County AC, 13./12th Kieran Gilfedder 37.35, 17./16th Joe Branch 38.10, 26./23rd Fin Dyer 38.33, 41./35th David Clark 39.37, 46./39thRobert Wright 39.42, 58./49th Liam Busby 40.49, 60./51stSean Wilson 40.50, 69./59th Oliver Kidd 41.29, 75./64thFrank
Fulcher 41.41, 81./70th Dean Childs 42.14 99./80thClark Schofield 42.55, 113./86th James Roberts 43.22, 137./103rd Mark Topham 44.24, 142./106th Tim Hogbin 44.39, 182./136th
Scott Wixon-Nelson 46.39, 246./174th Mike Taylor 50.02
The equestrian course is very tough with its uneven ground, mud, wind and of course the water jump. Mel Wilkins winning form continues even after being ill over the Christmas period. Next home for Wycombe with a solid run was Alex Cook in 8th overall and 7th division 1. Third home with her best run yet was Mel Phair in 27th and 22nd division 1. It is great to see Mel’s progress in her fitness and racing confidence. Laura struggled in the race having to stop several times 39th/31st division 1. She did however make up for any disappointment with an awesome run to win Cliveden the following day. Karen was next home with a very good run in 56th/ 41st division 1. Claire Newman racing for the club for the first time completed the team finishing in 84th overall and 59th division 1. Claire has been coming back from injury but is going to make an excellent addition to the ladies team. We came 3rd in match 4 but continue our lead overall. Unfortunately I missed this one with a quad issue but I should be back for the final fixture. We also missed Hannah but she will be back for the southerns and nationals.
1. Melanie Wilkins 22.56, 8./7th Alexandra Cook 23.59, 27./22nd Melanie Phair 26.18, 39./31st Laura Street 27.08, 56./41st Karen Foxwell-Moss 27.58, 84./59th Claire Newman 29.08
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Ellen Cooper led the under 17 girls home with a great run for 6th. Mia Caddell second scorer in 22nd, Rebecca Rees-Davies just behind in 24th and Sophie Thomas the final Wycombe home in 34th. The girls case 8th in match 4 but are in third position on the overall standings. Kirsten Stilwell was not running after her win at the counties last weekend and preparing for the southerns race later this month.
1. Elana Cavey 19.25 Bracknell AC, 11./6th U17 Ellen Cooper 20.56, 34./22nd U17 Mia Caddell 22.41, 36./24th U17 Rebecca Rees-Davies 22.44, 48./34th U17 Sophie Thomas 24.56
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Report written by Senior men Keiran Gilfedder
Senior women Zoe Doyle
Photos Barry Cornelius