Oxford Mail XC – Round 5 – Henley-on-Thames – 3rd March 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Huge thank you and well done to all Newbury AC cross country athletes that have participated in the Oxfordshire League this season. You have all been FANTASTIC and it’s been incredibly successful again!

Today was the final fixture at Henley Showground and I think everyone who raced today will be in agreement that the toughest course was saved for last!
A rainy, muddy, very hilly course with 1000ft of climbing for the Senior Men!

We had a great 1,2 in the Senior Women’s race with Sophie Crumly and Jess Franklin completely dominating and finishing over a minute clear of 3rd place.

In the Men’s race Matt Green again finished in a very impressive 3rd place, with James Craggs and James Knight in the Top 10.

In the juniors we had a fantastic win for Josie Robertson in the U13 girls race, with Miriam Cooper finishing in her best position this season of 8th in the same race. Luci Robertson was an impressive 4th in U15/17 girls race.

We await the final overall results, but I believe both of Senior Men and Women have successfully retained their titles. Jess Franklin is the Overall (and V35) Women’s winner and by my calculations Josie Robertson has shared the U13 girls title and Victoria Duncan has also shared the Senior Women’s title.
Matthew Green looks to have secured 3rd in Senior Men’s competition with Rachel Allen 2nd V45 Woman and Liz Harkness 1st V65 Woman.

I will update the above once final scores are confirmed.

Keep an eye out for photos thanks to Barry Cornelius (www.oxonraces.com) on this link and please credit if any are used http://www.oxonraces.com/photos/2019-03-03-henley-on-thames/

Oxford Mail XC – Round 4 – Adderbury – 3rd February 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Well done to all athletes that braved venturing out in the snowy weather to race in Round 4 of the Oxfordshire Cross Country League at Bo Peep Caravan Park, Adderbury on Sunday.

The Senior Men put in a magnificent display to overhaul Abingdon AC’s 100 point overall team lead to now lead them by 200 points! The team packed the front end of the race with Matthew Green 3rd, James Craggs 5th, James Knight 9th, Mike Robbins 17th, Phil Marshall 22nd, Steve Barnes 25th and Dan Tuttle 29th.

Victoria Duncan finished 2nd in the Senior Women’s race and despite missing a large number of the squad, Rachel Allen and Jenny Eaton completely the A team and helped Newbury stay top of the league. Liz Harkness was 1st V4.

There were also great runs from sisters Luci Robertson (U15g) and Josie Robertson (u13g) who both finished 3rd in their respective races. Miriam Cooper was 10th u13g and Tobias Allen 7th u17b.

Photos from the senior races can be found here (credit Barry Cornelius / www.oxonraces.com).

Club Championship

Congratulations to Emma Downie (U17g), Rowan Chester (U13b) and Josie Robertson (U13g) who clinched their respective age category club championship titles at the event.

Full club championship tables can be found here. Please let Irwin know of any errors.

BUCS XC – 2nd February 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Well done to all our athletes that ran yesterday at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Cross Country Championships in Exeter.

In the female race Izzy Fry (St Mary’s) made a very impressive debut finishing in 30th position, with Yaz Ryder (also St Mary’s) in 115th and Georgie Offer (Sheffield Hallam) 250th. There were 619 finishers with Danish International Anna Møller winning the race.

On the Men’s side Newbury AC just had one representative this year, with track athlete George Biggs (Birmingham) recently returning from injury finishing 364th out of the 522 finishers in the B race.