Oxford Mail League – Round 4 – Lawns Park, Swindon 4th February

Report from Phil Marshall:

Jess Franklin and Izzy Fry with a clear lead in the Women’s race

The club travelled to Lawns Park in Swindon to face the toughest cross country course so far this season in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League Round 4 fixture. However plenty of testing hills and shin deep mud on a technical course proved to the liking of some as we had a brilliant 1-2, with Jess Franklin winning her first ever Senior Women’s Oxfordshire League race ahead of Izzy Fry in 2nd. A fantastic season for the pair means that even with another fixture still to come Jess has now secured the Veteran 1 title, Izzy has claimed the U20 and Overall Women’s title, and with a huge lead in the team championship thanks also to a fantastic 4th place finish for Mireille Cook, Newbury AC are odds on to retain their title from last season.

The Men are also on track to claim back-to-back league championships with another

Alex Muir leading eventual winner Simon Fisher of OCAC

comprehensive team victory led by Alex Muir who was second to Oxford City AC’s Simon Fisher in a field of 219 finishers. Joining Alex in the successful scoring A team were Matt Green, Anthony Sudlow, Mike Robbins, Steve Barnes, Stephen Elsmere and Mike Wheeler, who all finished in the top 33 places.

In the Junior races we had to cope without our top ranked U13 girl, Josie Robertson, who was struck down with flu, but such is the strength of the squad that Sophie Bhatt (9th), Miriam Cooper (11th) and Phoebe Ryder (12th) were able to match their closest rivals Swindon AC, Highworth RC and Oxford City AC to ensure they still remained top of the table with one race remaining.
Ethan Robertson in the U9 boys had his best race of the season to finish 2nd and his big sister Luci Robertson also excelled in the tricky conditions finishing 4th U15 girl.
A big thank you to everyone that competed, every place really does count and the team spirit this year in all categories has been superb. Looking forward to another big turnout and successful final race on 4th March at Hill End Centre, Farmoor.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius: http://www.oxonraces.com/photos/2018-02-04-swindon/

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