Magnificent Wheeler rounds off season in style

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Bicester AC’s Sophie Wheeler capped a magnificent season when her second placing in the final Oxon Mail Cross Country League event of the season won her the overall U13 girl’s title.

Wheeler ran an intelligent last race, holding back in the early stages but picking up places in the second half of the 2000m course at Harwell to come through for a strong finish in the final stages, clocking 8.11 minutes.

The U13 girls have been Bicester’s strongest team having just missed out on overall third place as Amy Gould finished ninth, Molly Action 22nd and Jennie Proctor 23nd, with those three also collecting a silver medal in the County Championships.

Other U13 finishers included Maisie Silvester (31st), Lauren Garisde (33rd), Holly Hunter (36th), Sydney McDiarmid (40th), Lucy Stowell (41st) and Ellie Laurie (52nd).

Georgia Usher was unfortunate to miss out on the overall title in the combined U9 boys and girls races, but she was crowned county champion. Michael Cadle finished eighth and was overall fifth in the final standings.

Other U9s who completed the series were: Lottie Doherty (12th), Molly Doherty (14th), Erin Disbrey (49th), Ruby Silvester (46th), Joseph Nuyent (22nd) and Ben Groves (29th). Others finishing on the day were: Imogen Cox (39th), Marvu Arumugham (49th), Ava Neptune (52nd) and Alex Watts (55th).

Millie Couzens was the leading Bicester U11 girl, finishing eighth overall ahead of Amelia Cox (18th), Rushaini Arumugham (19th), Freya Smith (33rd), Emelia Sims (45th), Evie Price (47th), Nicole Heiyink (48th), Katie Ford (52nd) and Millie Cox (53rd).

Freddie Taylor led home the U11 boys in seventh. He was supported by James Rendell (27th), Samuel Worfolk (34th) and Will Court (41st).

Tom Couzens has been Bicester’s best U13 performer as he came overall 12th, with Billy England 19th and William Sims 23rd.

Tom Gould just missed out on a top three placing in the U15 category, while Dan Heiyink clocked 20.42 minutes with Owen Cox just seven seconds adrift.