report for cross country sports hall and road relays
Ros Kelling and Michelle Bartlett produced the perfect start to the opening cross country fixture in Apex Chiltern League division two meeting at Oxford on Saturday for Banbury Harriers. The course starting and finishing on the Horspath Sporting Complex produced a good entry in all races.
The Banbury Harriers duo again as last season showed they had the beating of others ten or more years their junior. Kelling determined running taking first place seconds ahead of Bartlett. The four other races during the coming months have the makings of interest of the individual title coming to Banbury. Rebecca Biegal and Sandra Smith gave them good support for the team to finish third.
In the senior mans race a field of well over one hundred starters, finished with Tim Wright coming home fifth for Banbury Harriers. Next home came Pete Newell in 38th place, five other Harriers ran to give the team a mid position placing.
In the younger age group races Connie McMillan and Caitlin Bradley, both making a return to competition after almost a three month period. McMillan sidelined with a severe torn muscle and Bradley with breathing problems, which have affected her training. Both young ladies eased their back in this first fixture McMillan finishing 6th and Bradley 10th in Under17/20 race.
In the under fifteen boys race Tom Biegal finished 3rd and Logan Kelling 5th, they were given good support from Randi Bell in 14th place of the thirty plus starters.
Lewis Dorman finished 15th in the under seventeen boys race and the two under thirteen races saw Luke Sherlock finish 12th and Samantha Phillips 15th. All three races like the under fifteen race attracted over thirty starters.
The girls of Banbury Harriers produced a string of victories and a record breaking time in one of the relays on Sunday at Bicester in the first fixture of the Oxon Athletic Sports Hall League.
The record came in the under eleven 4x1lap relay, the quartet of Emily Thompson, Helen Dubber , Paige Cooper and Rebecca Scott crossed the line in 51. 2s and a clear 10 metre margin Scott won her 3lap race with ease as also Lydia Margere, in the field events there were good performances from Abbie Anson, Dubber and Cooper.
The under fifteen girls continued with the determination and success that they have produced over the last twelve months. Jennie Weston was easily the fastest over 2laps , then won the standing long jump and shot putt. Hannah Cousins produced the second fastest two lap and won the vertical jump. They were given excellent support from Shannon Parker, Chloe Brooks and Charlotte Walton to win by a margin.
The under thirteen girls best performances came from Sam Phillips and Katie Haliburton.
In the boys events the best performances came from Daniel Houchen, Ollie Tindale, Alfie Rowett, Seb Hartwell, Felix Noble and Edward Harvey.
Over the weekend Banbury Harriers took part in The National Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park Birmingham. They entered three teams in the various age groups that comprised of over seventy teams and clubs in each race.
In the senior ladies over four legs the quartet of Michelle Bartlett, Caitlin Bradley, Vickie Cunnington and Ros Kelling finished in 50th place. There time was 71m 45s, with Kelling having the fastest leg of 16m 35s.
The other two teams entered were in the under fifteen races each consisting of three legs. The boys finished in 40th place, the trio Tom Biegal,Randy Bell and Jimmy Howson with a time 44m 28s. Biegal produced the quickest leg of the three with a time of 13m 48s.
The girls finished 45th, the trio Tory Mobley, Megan Moran and Chloe Thompson, with the former running the fastest leg.