It was "All Over Now" for another year for the Chiltern Cross-Country League with the final match of the five race series held at Campbell Park (Saturday 8th Feb). And for one family it was a special farewell run out .
The Wye-Thompsons have been a presence at the Chiltern Cross-Country League for the past fifteen years. But this time out Robin Thompson was about to put his boots out to pasture (the same pair as 15 years ago) as he watched daughter Katie take runners-up spot in the U20 Ladies race.
The family presence started with Lauren Wye in action as part of her programme of training for Triathlons before heading off to Cardiff University. The mantle was then taken up by her brother Kieran who went on to compete for England in the Schools International Cross-Country and for Loughborough in the British Universities,
While sister Izzy also took part in the Chiltern League before switching to track only events (and all four siblings competed in the Bucks AA Cross-Country Champs in 2017) it has been left to Katie to bring the curtain down on the era with a spirited performance for the prolific swimmer helping the WSEH team to victory in the U20 Ladies team event.
And one constant throughout all of that time has been Robin and his cross-country boots (pictured left).
An appropriate moment to say
to all of the parents who ferry and taxi the young athletes over hundreds, even thousands of miles every year to training and competitions.
More to follow on this report shortly plus full report on the Bucks Schools.