Report for the home Oxford mail cross country at Middleton Cheney.
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OXFORDSHIRE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
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The younger runners took the plaudits for the Banburyshire clubs in combined Oxfordshire League and county cross country championships, held at Upton Lodge Farm Middleton Cheney on Sunday morning. The eight races attracted record fields in most of age groups and the long uphill finish provided a tough climax to each.
Tom Biegel excellent fourth place in the combined race for Under 15/ 17 boys and Angharad Wylie finishing second in Under 11 girls had the Banbury Harriers camp full of cheer.
Biegel found the course to his liking and produced is best run over country this winter, matching the performances for club he accomplished in the steeple chase races in the Midland League last summer. He was well in contention throughout and his uphill gaining him fourth place overall and third place in championship results. Fellow Banbury Harrier Lewis Dorman finished 12th of the 50 starters.
Wylie again showed like in the previous two league fixtures she can mix it with the best gaining another podium finish behind Sophie Wheeler of Bicester. The bonus for the club was the fourth place finish of Tia Williams. The downside no local boys in the corresponding race for that age group.
Connie McMillan returned to the cross country scene after several weeks of speed training with the sprint group. She finished sixth in the U15/17 girls race which was domineered by the Hawtin sisters from Oxford City. Lauren won the race from younger sister Beth of the 40 finishers.
The two under thirteen races produced a win for Fiona Bunn of Abingdon with the placed locally the Banbury Harrier duo Sophia Daenen 16th and one later Emily Thompson of the 39 starters. The boys race gave a win for St Hughs School Oxfords Jack Mitchell, Banbury Harriers had Gregor Kelling in 8th place and Toby Smith 14th.
The two races produced easy wins in both races in the ladies Fran Briscoe of Coventry Godiva won with best place local lady Dawn Williams of Cherwell Road Runners in 37th place. In the man’s race Steve Naylor formally with Woodstock and now with Bedford AC won with Banbury Harrier Tim Wright in 13th place. First Cherwell home was Dan Peabody in 34th place first Hook Norton home Dave Tame in 46th place of the 268 finishers.