Chiltern cross country


Report from Luton

Banbury Harrier’s Emily Thompson won the Under-17 Women’s' Chiltern Cross Country fixture at a waterlogged Luton on Saturday which ensures she will take the Division 2 title with a fixture to spare. With energy-sapping mud and standing water, the 5.3km course proved a real test for the Banbury Harrier who showed strength and resilience throughout. With the Under-17 race combined with that of the Under-20 Women Thompson had Alana Harris of Bedford, four years her senior, to chase throughout. The target of a fast front-runner was an excellent focus for Thompson who left the other Under-17's trailing and fought off a strong final sprint from two Under-20 athletes over the final 400m to claim the win in 21minutes 44seconds and secure the regional title for a second year. Harrier’s veteran women again had a good team run with 4th place on the day, which was enough to keep their second place overall in the league.  Ros Kelling was 5th (1st V45), Michelle Bartlett 9th, Rebecca Biegel 35th and Lisa Ansell 52nd.  The senior ladies team with Rebecca Pull (25th) joining them also kept their 3rd place in the league.  Tia Williams (U15 girls) enjoyed the mud and finished strongly, and George Adams (U17 men) on his first outing of the season came in 10th.  In the men’s race Tim Wright had a very strong run in 5th place, followed by Phil Coy 65th (2nd V60) and Andy Bartlett 101st.  With just one fixture remaining in the league Banbury Harriers are holding their own.



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