Cross country report


Oxford mail at Ascott-u-Wychwood

Banbury Harriers got their Oxford Mail cross-country league campaign off to a good start on a very wet course at Ascott-under-Wychwood on Sunday.

In the under-9’s mixed race Ethan Aldous and Ruben Snelson set the tone finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively while in the under-11 boys race Chris Charles ran strongly for a 5th place finish supported by Ben Knox in 11th , Jasper Bell in 15th, Ryan Barnby in 21st and Alex Phipps in 49th. Tilly Eskender was the first Banbury girl home in 47th. In the girls event Nikola Bishop was first home for Banbury in 34th closely followed by Sophie Howie in 37th, Felicity Jones in 38th and Jess Knox in 50th.

In the under-13 boys Skip Snelson continued his strong start to the season finishing 2nd despite being in the lower year of the category and with Owen Knox in 6th and Angus Pollock in 20th the team completed a creditable 3rd place finish with Stan Bull also running very well in his first under-13 year to finish 30th. Lizzie Eskender was first Harriers girl in 28th followed by Laura berry in 49th.

In the under-15 and under-17 girls race Emily Thompson again ran well for 4th place and with Jenny Hannah 8th and Rosie Weston 12th this brought the team home in 3rd place as well. There was strength in depth for Harriers in this category with the “B” team finishing 5th overall after good running from  Tia Williams in 15th, Rose Lord in 16th , Zoe Pollock in 20th and Lucy Scruton 23rd. In the same age group the boys also finished in 3rd place with Luke Sherlock leading then home in 6th followed by Gregor Kelling in 13th and Blaine Carpenter in 30th.

In the woman’s event Harriers finished 4th in their division 2 encounter, Ros Kelling in 12th, Michelle Bartlett in 23rd , Becky Pull in 77th and Lisa Ansell in 137th  all ran well whilst in the Men’s event Tim Wright was again first home for Harriers finishing 11th. The Men’s team finished 17th overall in their division 3 event with Wright excellently supported by vets Peter Grieveson in 189th,  Phil Coy in 209th, Geoff Smith in 259th, Neil Frape in 262nd and Andy Bartlett in 276th.

It was a particularly wet start to the season so a very well done to all who turned out to represent the club and compete. Although each event is a separate race in its own right please note that one score from the five race series can be discarded at the end of the season and therefore athletes who missed Sunday’s race are still eligible for the overall series competition if they complete the remaining four events. 

Will Knox 

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