Silson Joggers battle mud and rain in season opener

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SILSON Joggers Athletics Club was well represented in the first race of the Chiltern League Cross Country season with 40 members turning out to tackle the wet and muddy course near Oxford.

Despite having to tackle a ditch full of water, the 19 juniors and five debutants among the Silson team ran well and scored some useful points as the team placed 13th in the points table at the end of the event.

The juniors in particular impressed with new member Fergus Scott finishing the U13 boys race in 39th and fellow newcomer Charlie Lyon in 61st, just behind Zach Rycroft (56th).Next in was Declan Cooper in 62nd and he was followed by Ben Hanson in 65th.

The U13 girls also performed well as a team as debutants Reagan Cooper (67th), Caitlin Jones (73rd) and Alice Lyon (74th) battled hard.

Of the more experienced girls, Anabel O’Reilly was first home in 57th, narrowly ahead of Neave Wray (59th) and Lucy Cotterill (60th). Skye Verwey was 68th, beating home Amy Jelley (69th), birthday girl Sophie Gray (70th) and Eleanor Rees (78th).

In the U15 girls race, Layne Wray was 64th in a strong field, while the U11 girls race saw Rosie Edmunds put in a strong run to claim 23rd.

Seth Rycroft and Adam Gray were 60th and 64th respectively in the U11 boys event. The junior teams contributed 155 points to the league table, and the club will be looking to build on this result at the next round at Shuttleworth in early November.

For the senior races, the Hill was as challenging a climb as ever with the teams led home by their captains, Heather Kirk and Simon Woodward.

Silson’s men had three debutants in Simon Davies, Andy Field and Jay Fletcher, who all ran well through the mud. The ladies team also had a debutant in Dionne Lyon, who was an impressive points scorer on her first outing. Casey Hill also made a welcome points scoring return while Tasha King continued last year’s fine form to be second lady home and Kit Rapson rounded out the team with her highest ever finish in the Chiltern League.