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February Newsletter

Another month of good participation among the Silson runners, will not only set up the Chiltern League for a final promotion push, but will prolong the season into March. Silson will be represented at the Inter Counties and hopefully the English Schools, at Loughborough and Nottingham respectively.

County Cross Country Abington Park Northampton Saturday January 7th

Torrential rain made the excellent Abington Park course even more challenging. Silson had full teams and ran well faced with strong competition. Jake Storer, Helen Heley and Julie Hammond have all been selected in the Northants squads. Results Ladies Helen Heley 11th, Julie Hammond 12th, Hannah St Leger Harris 17th. Men Simon Woodward 31st, Jake Storer 32nd/ 7th U20, Simon Storer 38th, Paul Holmes 43rd, Richard Popiel 44th, Ben Hinton 51st, James Clark 53rd.

Chiltern League Campbell Park Milton Keynes Saturday January 14th

The Silson tent was full as heavy rain lashed the undulating Campbell Park course. Silson boasted their strongest teams of the season to move into second place in the table, with promotion a big possibility. Holding a healthy 260 point lead over 3rd placed Thame Runners. The teams were boosted by 3 debutants to the league Richard Lewis, Lizzie Phipps and Emma Chapple Hyam. Results U15 girls Imogen Lancaster 7th. Ladies Helen Heley 3rd, Julie Hammond 7th, Lizzie Phipps 9th, Hannah St Leger Harris 21st, Madeleine Moutrie 44th, Isabel Heley 52nd, Teresa Cox 62nd. Men Mark Conway 8th, Tom Watson 19th, Jake Storer 21st, Simon Woodward 24th, Toby Heley 32nd, Simon Storer 33rd Richard Popiel 43rd, Paul Holmes 48th, Jakob Ebrey 57th, Ben Littlejohn 67th Dave Jarrett 88th, James Clark 89th, Richard Lewis 93rd.

Division 2 League Table

(top 5 teams) top 2 to be promoted

1st Buckingham & Stowe 3447 pts

2nd Silson AC 2853 pts

3rd Thame Runners 2593 pts

4th Queens Park Harr. 2583 pts

5th Oxford City 2529 pts

Northants Schools Abington Park Saturday January 21st

Low overnight temperatures made underfoot conditions hard and uneven following the mudfest of a couple weeks earlier. Imogen Lancaster again ran a good race, to easily qualify, against strong opposition. Imogen finished 7th and will now go forward to the East Anglian Schools at the same venue on February 4th.

Midlands Cross Country Newbold Common Leamington Spa

Just 2 Silson runners made the short trip to Leamington for the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships. Runners were faced with a much changed course, omitting the Newbold Beacon and the infamous stream crossing. Replaced by a flat course with numerous ditch leaps. Results 8km Julie Hammond 65th 31.31secs, 12km Toby Heley 209th 45.04 secs

February Fixtures

Saturday 4th Anglian trophy Abington Park Northampton (schools)

Saturday 11th Chiltern League Keysoe Bedford (coach running from Towcester)

Saturday 25th National Cross Country, Chester. (entries now closed)


Continues on Wednesday evenings 6.30pm at Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit. For the Sunday runs follow Facebook.

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Graham Linnell


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