ATHLETICS: Rendell stars for Alchester in muddy test

Alchester’s Sarah Rendell led the team home at Cirencester on Sunday, and (left) getting a march on teammate Michelle Pank (255)

Alchester’s Sarah Rendell led the team home at Cirencester on Sunday, and (left) getting a march on teammate Michelle Pank (255)

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Sarah Rendell led the way for Alchester in round four of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League at Cirencester Park.

Rendell finished fifth in the ladies’ race, completing the challenging 6km course in 27mins 20secs.

She lies second in the vet 35 standings behind Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester), who won her home race. Should Nicholls not run in the final round at Wittenham, Rendell would seal the age group title.

Alchester’s Michelle Pank had to pull out midway through the race due to a knee injury, but remains third in the senior ladies’ standings.

With Sam Usher (13th) and Emilie Fidler (25th) completing their side, Alchester were the third ladies’ team.

Alchester lie second in Division 1, 43 points behind Newbury and a good display in the final round will see them pip Headington Road Runners to the runners-up spot.

There were some strong performances from Bicester’s juniors, led by Millie Couzens, who finished fourth in the under 11 girls’ race.

Michael Cadle was fifth in the under 9 boys’ and girls’ race, with Georgia Usher in ninth.

Amy Gould came sixth in the under 13 girls’ race, while Freddie Taylor was seventh in the under 11 boys’ event.

Bicester’s Sophie Wheeler tops the under 13 girls’ standings despite not racing at Cirencester.

Alchester’s Olivia Underhill lies third in the under 20 ladies’ rankings.


MEN Under 11: 7 F Taylor (Bic)


(top 30, senior ladies unless stated)

5 S Rendell (Alc, V35) 27.20, 13 S Usher (Alc, V35) 28.41, 25 E Fidler (Alc, V35) 30.41.

Under 13: 6 A Gould (Bic) 9.50.

Under 11: 4 M Couzens (Bic).


Under 9: 5 M Cadle (Bic), 9 G Usher (Bic).


Men - Div 2: 4 Alchester A 562.

Under 15/17 (top eight): 7 Bicester A 68.

Ladies - Div 1: 3 Alchester A 43.

Div 2: 8 Alchester B 200.

Under 13 (top eight): 4 Bicester A 39, 8 Bicester B 75.



Vet 40: 6 R Gould (Alc) 52.

Under 15: 4 T Gould (Bic) 30, 9= O Cox (Bic) 51.

Under 11: 6 F Taylor (Bic) 14.

LADIES Senior: 3= M Pank (Alc) 10.

Vet 35: 2 S Rendell (Alc) 10, 7 S Usher (Alc) 31.

Under 20: 3 O Underhill (Alc) 93.

Under 13: 1 S Wheeler (Bic) 3.

Under 11: 9= M Couzens (Bic) 17.


Under 9: 5 M Cadle (Bic) 10, 8 G Usher (Bic) 17.



Div 2: 4 Alchester A 161.

Under 15/17: 6 Bicester A 208.

Under 13: 7 Bicester A 204.


Div 1: 2 Alchester A 106.

Div 2: 8 Alchester B 509.

Under 13: 3 Bicester A 87, 8 Bicester B 258.

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