ATHLETICS: Archer's back in Oxon fold

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HATTI Archer will return to the Oxfordshire ranks for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on March 9.

The British international steeplechaser, from Radley, is set to compete for Oxon for the first time since her student days.

The 31-year-old Hallamshire Harrier heads Oxfordshire’s ladies’ team alongside seven-time county champion Frances Briscoe.

Steve Naylor will lead the county’s men at Cofton Park, hoping to build on 22nd and 26th-place finishes in the last two years.

Abingdon Amblers’ Paul Fernandez is included for his good form, despite missing the Oxfordshire Championships to focus on altitude training in Kenya.

But Darrell Bellinger (Oxford City) misses out due to injury.

OXFORDSHIRE TEAMS

Ladies: 1 H Archer (Hallamshire Harriers), 2 F Briscoe (Coventry Godiva Harriers), 3 M Hawtin (Oxford City), 4 J Leitch (Headington Road Runners), 5 R Masser (Headington), 6 M Roberts (Radley), 7 R Kelling (Banbury Harriers), 8 M Lloyd (Oxford City), 9 A Hopkins (Headington). Reserves: C Harris (Marshall Milton Keynes), S Davies (Oxford City), N Smith (Headington).

Men: 1 S Naylor (Bedford & County), 2 D Bruce (Oxford City), 3 A Burgess (Oxford City), 4 J Bolton (Woodstock Harriers), 5 J Richardson (Oxford City), 6 P Fernandez (Abingdon Amblers), 7 H Earl (Border Harriers), 8 M Robinson (Headington Road Runners), 9 J Entwistle (Oxford Brookes). Reserves: J Cornish (White Horse Harriers), J Atyeo (Oxford City), D Hamilton (Abingdon), P Jegou (White Horse Harriers).

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