Weekend reports


Reports on the Chilton League cross country and sportshall athletics
The runners in the fourth fixture at Wigmore Valley Luton on Saturday had to battle with rain and a bitterly cold wind drifting from the parallel located runways of Luton Airport. Despite this the Banbury Harriers team kept their individual honours at the last fixture next month afloat.
 The senior men led by Tim Wright contested their race over this open course and a field of over 150 starters. Wright kept his challenge for two medals when finishing fourth overall leaving him in contention for overall third place and third senior man. He was given excellent support from middle distance specialist Tom Offord who coming home in 12th place and an outside for the senior man’s bronze medal. Simon Pritchard in twenty third keeps him in the frame for a medal for the veteran  
 Two ladies made the journey to Luton and finished in the top half of the 100 plus starters. They were Rebecca Biegel who finished in 29th place and Lisa Ansell in 34th place.
The photos are of Rebecca & Tim in the cross country
Maddison Cooper produced an excellent performance for the county in the South East region Fun in Athletics under eleven’s competition on Sunday at Burgess Hill. She produced the best performance in the Balance Test against youngsters from nine other counties. The rules to this test each athlete as to balance on one foot on a thin bar four times for a minimum of 15seconds to gain points. She completed the task on all four occasions to gain top place. She also gained good points in the vertical jump finishing 6th of the thirty in each event. She also helped gain good points in the relays to give Oxfordshire fourth place in the girls competition overall
Her fellow Banbury Harrier team mate Amelia Leander also gained points in her individual and relay events.
 Two boys from the club also took part William Andrews gained 5th place in the Balance Test and 8th in Soft Javelin Throw. Giano Winkler gained 15th place in also the Balance Test and both boys ran well in their relays helping Oxfordshire finish 7th overall.  

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