cross country report


Last Oxford mail & county at cullham

                                                   FINAL FIXTURE IN OXFORD MAIL XC LEAGUE

The final fixture in the Oxford Mail XC league at Harwell on Sunday this winter attracted a good response from the Banburyshire clubs.  The races included the previously cancelled Oxfordshire Championships and a number of medals came to this part of the county.

 Ros Kelling and Michelle Bartlett both collected medals in the senior ladies veteran section. Kelling easily claimed the vet45 gold in both county and league. Bartlett was third vet35 in the county and fourth in the league. In the race on Sunday Kelling finished in 14th place and Bartlett in 16th place. Donna Allen of Hook Norton Harriers came home in 38th place of the 130starters.

  Banbury Harriers under eleven Skip Snelson again had great battle with his rivals from previous races.  This time he finished in a close third place behind Johnny Sunderland of Oxford AC and Kia Francis of Abingdon. The overall league gave Francis the title and Snelson sharing second place with Sunderland.

 The senior men’s race saw Tim Wright of Harriers 6th on the day and 4th overall, Tom Offord also ran well on the day with a fast finishing 9th place. The Hook Norton duo of Tom Bradford and Dave Tame finished 11th and 25th, with Bradford claiming seventh place overall. Simon Pritchard of Harriers finished 34th and Ian Thomas of Cherwell 61st of the 230starters.

In the other junior sections Cherwell’s Rosie Weston gained a bronze prize in the girls under seventeen age group, as did Ben Knox of Banbury Harriers in the under nines age .

 Both Emily Thompson and Luke Sherlock had good runs in their build up for the track season.


Also Emily gained an U15 bronze and Gregor Kelling an U15 silver in the county race.


                                                      READING HALF MARATHON


    Paddy Haynes of Adderbury Running Club produced at seventeen years of age an incredible run in Sundays Mizuno Reading Half Marathon when finishing 293rd of the 16,500starters.

 The race starting at Green Park Reading and run round the streets of the town attracted seven runners from the club.

  The race was won by Olympian Scott Overall of Blackheath & Bromley AC in a time of 1hour4minutes 44seconds. Haynes finishing time was 1hour 21minutes 56seconds.  

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