Oxford mail report


Last event at Rutherford and overall results.

Banbury Harriers completed a successful Oxon Mail Cross Country campaign on Sunday 1st February with individual series medals going to the following runners. Reuben Snelson 2nd under-9 boys, Skip Snelson 2nd under-13 boys, Emily Thompson 1st under-13 girls, Ros Kelling 1st V45 Women and Michelle Bartlett 2nd V45 Women.

On a clear morning conditions would have been perfect if it had not been for a stiff breeze that swept across the open ground course at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. In the under-9’s race Reuben Snelson got the day off to a great start finishing 2nd followed by good runs from Tilly Lainchbury in 31st and Talitha Eskender in 47th. In the under-11 girls Sophie Howie was first home for Harriers in 24th place followed by Nikola Bishop in 28th and Jessica Knox 38th. In the under-11 boys  there were extremely good runs from Max Lloyd-Thomas, Christopher Charles and Jasper Bell to finish 5th, 6th and 8th respectively and  also encouragement from bottom year runner Ryan Barnby in 25th as the boys team secured 3rd place overall.

In the under-13 girls Lizzie Eskender and Laura Berrie flew the Banbury flag finishing 26th and 42nd. While in the boys race there was a lot at stake as Skip Snelson, in the bottom year of the age group, battled well to secure 4th place on the day and a tremendous 2nd place overall in the series. Moving on to the under-15 & 17 girls saw the climax of Emily Thompson ‘s battle with Newbury’s Izzy Fry and despite taking a fall during the race Emily was able to recover to 4th place on the day and to share first place with Fry across the series. This was a particularly strong race for Harriers as excellent finishes were also recorded by Rosie Watson (5th), Jenny Hannah (6th), Rose Lord (8th), Tia Williams (9th) and Lucy Scruton (19th). The club has real strength in depth across this age group with Jenny Hannah just missing out on a series medal finishing 4th overall under-15 and Rosie Weston ended in a similar position at under-17. Not surprisingly the girls’ team finished a more than creditable second overall behind a very strong Newbury team.

In the senior men’s race Tim Wright ran strongly for 15th place but also secured 5th place overall for the series. He was supported by Simon Pritchard in 78th, Gerard Duncan in 137th, Phil Coy in 182nd, Neil Frape in 190th and Doug Scott in 200th place. Ros Kelling and Michelle Bartlett lit up the woman’s race finishing 9th and 12th respectively as they secured the V45 one and two.  Supported by Becky Pull in 44th the team secured an excellent victory as they ended the season on top of the division two table.


The photos are of the U15/17 girls team and Rosie Weston. 


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