ATHLETICS: Alchester duo shine in Culham challenge

Bicester Advertiser: Alchester ladies Michelle Pank on her way to fourth in the ladies race at Culham on Sunday Alchester ladies Michelle Pank on her way to fourth in the ladies race at Culham on Sunday

Alchester duo Michelle Pank and Sarah Rendell stormed home in fourth and fifth places respectively in the ladies race in the second round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League.

Pank, who is fifth in the standings, was home in 25mins 40secs at Culham on Sunday ahead of vet 35 Rendell who crossed the line in 25.57. The result saw her stay third in the vet 35 category.

Sam Usher was 18th as Alchester’s ladies’ team were third.

The race was won by Newbury’s Susie Bush in 23.50.

Bicester junior Sophie Wheeler was in fine form as she recorded a win and a runner-up spot in the under 13 category.

After taking victory in race one, she took second place in race two, completing the 2000m course in 8mins 28secs.

It enabled her to hold on to overall lead, while helping the girls’ under 13 team stay second in the rankings.

Tom Gould stayed fourth in the under 15 category standings with a 16th place in the under 15/17 race in 18mins 41secs. His team still occupy fourth in the rankings.

RACE RESULTS Men (senior men unless stated): 28 R Gould (Alc V1) 32.02.

Ladies (senior ladies unless stated): 4 M Pank (Alc) 25.40, 5 S Rendell (Alc V1) 25.57, 18 S Usher (Alc V1) 27.32.

Boys - Under 16/17: 4 T Gould 18.41, 21 D Heiyink 19.04; Under 13: 12 T Cozens 8.37, L Davis 8.50.

Under 11: 7 F Taylor (Bic).

Girls – Under 13: 2 S Wheeler (Bic) 8.28, 10 H Griffiths-Brow (Bic) 8.47, 14 A Gould 9.07, 20 M Acton 9.28.

Under 9 Girls and Boys: 6 M Cadle (Bic), 10 G Usher (Bic).

TEAM RESULTS OXFORD MAIL LEAGUE Div 2: 5 Alchester A 600.

Under 15/17: 5 Bicester A 66.

Under 13: 4 Bicester A 48.

Ladies - Div 1: 3 Alchester A 27.

Div 2: 6 Alchester B 152.

Under 13: 3 Bicester A 26.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (after 2 races) Under 9 Girls and Boys: 6= M Cadle (Bic), 8 H Davis (Tkt), 10 G Usher (Bic).

Under 11 Boys: 8= F Taylor (Bic).

Under 13 Girls: 1 S Wheeler (Bic).

Under 15 Boys: 4 T Gould (Bic).

Senior Women: 5 M Pank (Alc).

Vet 35 Women: 3 S Rendell (Alc).

Vet 40 Men: 6= R Gould (Alc).

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