ATHLETICS: Headington retain Ridgeway title

Alejandro Heuck runs leg seven of the Ridgeway Relay for eventual winners Headington Road Runners.     Picture: Barry Cornelius

Alejandro Heuck runs leg seven of the Ridgeway Relay for eventual winners Headington Road Runners. Picture: Barry Cornelius

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

HEADINGTON Road Runners A came on strong to retain their Ridgeway Relay title.

Despite only taking the lead on leg nine of ten, they finished 5½ minutes clear of second-placed Vale of Aylesbury during an exciting day’s off-road racing along the ancient route.

The senior race saw teams required to field at least two ladies, with leg selection and navigation both proving key.

Headington completed the 87-mile course in 9hrs 38mins 30secs, but it could have been very different had Aylesbury’s star man not got lost on leg one.

Sri Lankan Olympic marathon runner Anuradha Cooray was the quickest man in the race on paper, but trailed in tenth on leg one – six minutes behind the leader.

Headington were sixth at this stage, with Richard Skilbeck having completed the 11-mile route in 1hr 9mins 13secs.

John Woods took them into second after leg two and from there, they never dropped out of the top three.

Star man Chris Dettmar recorded 1.03.37 for the 10.7-mile ninth leg to take the lead, which anchor man Jason Smith retained, with his 57.22 the third quickest split for the 9.4-mile finale.

Eynsham Road Runners A enjoyed their best peformance in third spot.

A consistent display saw them dip inside the ten-hour barrier with 9.58.37 and pip Oxford City, who were fourth.

Rob Storey and Mark Tyrrell clocked the third fastest times for legs one and nine respectively with 1.07.51 and 1.06.05.

City had twice led by four minutes, but were happy enough with fourth on their debut.

They had the consolation of Maxwell Robinson, Julian Richardson and Les Newell clocking the fastest times on legs two, six and ten respectively.

Robinson recorded 41.56 for his six-miler, Richardson 1.01.50 over 10.4 miles and Newell 55.16 for the anchor leg.

White Horse Harriers achieved a best finish of sixth in 10.28.39, with Jonnie Cornish (1.05.31) second on leg nine.

Alchester were ninth in 10.42.49, while Witney A, for whom Fraser Howard had to run two consecutive legs, finished tenth.

Witney’s Tegid Jones (57.01) was fastest on leg three over 9.4 miles, while Gareth Petts (57.15) was second quickest on leg ten over the same distance.

Headington finished second in the ladies’ race where teams were required to field two men.

Bearbrook won that title in 11.46.35, with Headington clocking 11.58.28.

Abingdon (12.36.18) finished second in the veterans competition behind Bearbrook (12.00.54), with Eynsham third (12.52.49).

Latest Sport news

Mullins believes cup will lift U's

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

Johnny Mullins is confident Oxford United’s midweek cup exertions will be a help rather than a hindrance in the search for their first points of the season today.

United boss Appleton issues Cureton warning

Oxford Mail: MICHAEL APPLETON

8:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

Michael Appleton has warned Oxford United to be on their guard against veteran goalscorer Jamie Cureton this afternoon.

CRICKET: Oxfordshire reach final in nerve-jangling finish

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ROYAL LONDON UNDER 17 B DIVISION COUNTY CUP

RACING: Pendo pounces for Cole

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

Pendo got off the mark for Paul Cole’s Whatcombe stables, near Wantage, with victory in a lady amateur riders’ handicap at Salisbury yesterday under Alice Mills.

FEATURE: Didcot duo seek to build on the highs of Glasgow

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

DAN Rivers and Ben Watson hope their Commonwealth Games success will be the shape of things to come.

MOTORSPORT: SWR out to build on Caterham link

Oxford Mail: Sean Walkinshaw will compete in European Formula 3 Open in 2014

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

BRDC FORMULA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP

CRICKET: Hill century seals spoils

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ECB WOMEN’S MIDLANDS LEAGUE

SCHOOL SPORT: Fajemisin's going for more glory

Oxford Mail: Simi Fajemisin

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

SAINSBURY’S SCHOOL GAMES

FOOTBALL: Wantage edge thriller

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

Wantage Town battled their way to a 3-2 home win against Kidlington in an FA Cup preliminary round cracker at Alfredian Park last night, with both sides reduced to ten men.

MOTORSPORT: Smith's happy man as he finishes fourth in practice

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE'S Bradley Smith said he felt confident after powering to fourth in the combined standings following yesterday’s practice at a windy Silverstone.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree