County Schools Cross Country, 28 January.

Fighting the windy weather

The sun may have shone on Radley College on Tuesday afternoon, but it was downright cold with the sort of wind that cut through any amount of layers like a rocket-powered circular saw. With barely time to dry off their spikes after Parliament Hill, several of our YAs were back in action fighting for places in the Oxfordshire squad for the English Schools in March. More mud and hills were the order of the day, along with the usual rapid-fire programme where races go off every five minutes, and age groups have colour-coded numbers. All good so far but the wind was not finished as in many cases the adhesive-backed numbers were blown off, and athletes were perforce chasing them rather than the runners in front.

The races

Evey Powell opened proceedings for us with a clear win in the junior girls' race. The intermediate and senior girls compete together before being separated in the funnel. In the younger age group, Olivia Martin showed no real aftereffects of Saturday with a clear win. Tilly Westbrook was next, pursued by Georgie Halfhead; Rosie Mullins also comfortably secured a county place. Mieke Bedlington turned in another strong run, second in the senior girls. There was another clean sweep for AAC (although as with the girls, from three different schools) in the senior boys' race, where Adam Ede headed Kie Francis and Alex Pennington.

Awaiting the full results

Full results are not yet available, but as well as the above, there were a fair few of our athletes also in combat. With everyone in school colours it's all too easy to become confused, so apologies to those that I missed. Well done everyone, that was a tough afternoon out – though surely much better than sitting in a warm classroom doing calculus.