Oxford Mail Cross-Country League: Round 1, 4th November, Newbury

Report by Phil Marshall:

Sophie & Jess lead the way – Photo Barry Cornelius

Newbury Athletic Club hosted the season’s first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture at the weekend on an overcast day at Newbury Showground with great success. A huge thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped with marshalling, timekeeper recording, car park attending, race hares and sweepers, and especially those who took time out the previous day to set up the course.

Our Senior Women took up where they left off last season with an emphatic team victory, Sophie Crumly took the win just ahead of teammate and first veteran woman Jess Franklin, with 4th place Victoria Duncan completing the winning team.

Sam Hart – 2nd in Men’s race. Photo – Barry Cornelius

Sam Hart was making his debut in the blue vest of Newbury AC and produced a fantastic display in his first race at the Senior Men’s 8.5k distance. He finished a close second behind Abingdon AC’s Alex Wall-Clarke, but was the first U20 man in the highly competitive 335 strong field. Sam was backed up well by strong performances from James Craggs in 8th and Matt Green in 11th.

Josie Robertson continued her early season cross-country form to storm to an emphatic gun to tape victory in the U13 girls race. There were also great results from Oliver Hamlin 4th U11 boy, Luci Robertson 5th U15 girl, Tobias Allen 6th U17 boy, Rachel Allen 2nd V45 women, Jenny Eaton 3rd V55 women and Liz Harkness 1st V65 women.

Results can be found here / Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius can be found here (please credit if used).

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