A cold wind but some hot racing
Oxon County Schools Cross Country, 1 February.
The grounds of Radley College may have been bathed in winter sunshine this afternoon but they were also swept by a stiff cold wind. Conditions underfoot were mixed, ranging from firm fast grassland to decidedly muddy - all in all a stern test for those battling for places in the county squad for the English Schools championships that take place next month in Leeds.
As usual, with most competitors clad in school colours and several races in progress simultaneously, it was not always easy to identify all of our athletes, so apologies to anyone that I've missed or miscounted. Suffice it to say however that a goodly number from Abingdon AC were in action, and I feel fairly sure that at least four went home with individual medals.
Mieke Bedlington was once again in fine form with a clear win in the intermediate girls race. There was a second place for Adam Ede in a closely-fought intermediate boys race. Third places went to Alex Pennington, who chased Adam home, and Jack Shayler who held off his fast-finishing rival in the senior boys.
Several others have done more than enough to secure their place in the line-up in Leeds. These included David Bunn, Katharine Harris and Cordy Halfhead in the senior age group. Among those who may still find themselves on the bus up the M1 were intermediates Kie Francis, Beth Darwent and Izzie Jones.
Well done to all of our athletes and once again apologies for any glaring errors or omissions. Thanks also to our hardy support crews who on a bracing Thursday afternoon were still out in considerable numbers.