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Noah gets XC off to Flying Start

Noah Fletcher made a superb start to the new Cross-Country season with a win in the opening round of the ESAA Cup at Cottesloe School, Wing on Friday (Oct 5th). Competing in the Intermediate Male event (Years 9 & 10), Noah put several months of injury and illness frustartion behind him to lead home his team and age group. HIs winning effort ensured that his school, Sir William Borase, qualified for the next round of the Cup at Lincroft in November.

Jamie Shepherd has really impressed in his few sessions to date and lived up to expectations on his competitive debut at Wing. He finished a superb 12th leading his school team of Sir William Borlase home in the Junior event. Also scoring for the Borlase team was Matthew West in 26th place.

Other good male perfromances cam from Oli Layfield of Misborne in 15th while Charlie Hodson, still carrying n injury, was part of the RGS team which made the Regional Rounds in second ream spot.

There few if no surprises in the Girls races dominated by Dr Challoners High. The first four places in the Junior (Yrs 7 & 8) age group were filled by DCHS / Chultern Harriers quartet of Frankie Baxter, Lesdi Nkone, Hannah Ashby and Maddi Hughes with Ellie Shield in close attandance.

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In ninth and tenth but on the same time of 9 mns 02 secs were Wycombe Abbey's Aralope Benson and Wycombe High's Lyra Brwoning. Lyra led her school to a great third place qualifying position most notable for the face that all of the rest of the squad were Year 7s and all have anothe ryear in this age group. The athletes positions and score were: Isabelle Walker (16th) , Jo Snelling (17th), Sophia Lomas (24th), Aashni Manek (39th) and Anjoli Shanker (48th).

Also impressing was Maddi Rae of Pipers Corner completely the race in a very strong 13th in 9:11.

Completing the scoring for Wycombe Abbey were: Emily Warrack (25th), Celesta Baroudel (29th), Arinade Benson (35th), Isabelle Pucci (40th) and Grace Pattle (41st).

Again DCHS were dominant in the Inter age group with Orla Williams, Holly Henderson, Abby Henderson and Alice Brown taking the furst four places for an easy team victory.

Keshni Manek ran a strong race for Wycombe High coming home in 13th spot. She was well supported by Sam Grice (17), Annie Oakes (20), Francesca Luker (26th) and Fatima Chatta (32).

Amelia Howie led the Wycombe Abbey tea, home in 27th while a below par Izzy Thompson finished 34th in the Pipers Corner colours.


On Sunday October 7th, James Plamer set a new best perfromance for 5km while running the Frieth Hilly where he finished a very second place. His new time of 19:15 took him to second place in the race. Boris Gurney was also in action recording a time of 20:16 for sixth spot.


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