The second round of the Chiltern Cross Country League took place at Milton Keynes, last Saturday in unseasonally warm conditions. This round of the Chiltern League is run in conjunction with the cross challenge, which is a nationwide cross country competition that attracts top cross country runners from across the country. Therefore the mob races in each of the race categories were more competitive than normal.
Anna Jolliffe competed in her first Chiltern League race of this season. She finished 53rd out of the 100 runners competing in the mob race, which included several guest runners. In the Chiltern League mob race Jolliffe finished a commendable 14th out of the 49 competitors which placed her 4th in the division 2 race, run in conjunction with the mob race. Jolliffe overturned form with an athlete who had beaten her in the previous week’s Oxfordshire League finishing in time of 20mins 42secs.
Owen Stocker has started this cross country season strongly and he again ran superbly for 33rd in the under 17 men’s race clocking 21mins 13secs for the approximate 6km distance. He was 14th in the Chiltern League mob race out of the 47 competitors and was 6th division 2 placer. Joshua Moran overturned previous cross country form with twin brother Isaac with 62nd place in the mob race (24mins 02secs) with Isaac finishing 66th (24mins 58secs). The team again performed strongly and are in the 4th place in the under 17 men’s team standings after two races.
There were a couple of strong Bicester performances in the under 13 boy’s race. Both Bicester runners finished in the top half of the mob race with Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah 27th timed at 12mins 37secs for the approximate 3km distance. Appiahkorang-Mensah did even better in the Chiltern League mob race finishing 17th out of 55 finishers and was 6th division 2 runner. Max Finnegan also made the top half with 34th place in the mob event and 23rd in the Chiltern League only mob event. He was timed at 12mins 50secs. The team is 5th in the team league standings after two races.
Kate O Malley continues to perform well in her first cross country season for the club and she was 42nd in the under 13 girl’s mob race clocking 14mins 44secs for the approximate 3km distance. Emelie stocker was Bicester’s other finisher in 61st place (18mins 30secs) with the team in 4th place in the overall standings. Bicester had two men in the senior mens’s race which attracted a monster field of over 500 runners for the 10km distance. Racing against some very high class cross country runners Paul Jones equipped himself well finishing in 441st with 48mins 05secs with Arran Critchley placing 483rd (52mins 32secs).
Bicester had runners in both of the under 11 events. In the boy’s race run over a 2km circuit, Cameron Waters was Bicester’s first finisher in 53rd place (8mins 26secs) with Malik Haggag in 62nd (8mins 49secs). Evie O Callaghan was Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 11 girl’s event, also run over 2km, finishing 50th in 11mins 05secs. And Abigail Jones was Bicester’s sole runner in the under 15 girl’s event where she finished in 73rd in the mob race clocking 21mins 09secs for the approximate 4km distance.