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Hannah England runs for England today

Hannah England runs for England today

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Oxford's Hannah England begins her quest for glory in the 1,500m heats at Hampden Park today.

The 27-year-old Oxford City star and 2011 world silver medallist races for England in heat one at 12.20pm.

Her opponents include home favourite Laura Muir and Kenya’s Helen Obiri, but England will be confident of a top-four finish to guarantee a spot in tomorrow night’s final.

Heat two includes England’s teammates, Laura Weightman and Jemma Simpson, with the former topping the UK rankings.

Lawrence Clarke, from Christmas Common, goes in the 110m hurdles tomorrow, while Oxford City triple jumper Nathan Douglas begins his campaign on Friday.

Didcot rifle-shooter Dan Rivers will go for a second medal in today’s prone competition after winning bronze in the 10m air rifle on Friday.

OXFORDSHIRE COMPETITORS IN ACTION TODAY

SHOOTING

10.45: Dan Rivers (England) prone qualifying (final 1.45pm).

SWIMMING 

10.51: James Jurkiewicz (Guernsey) 200m backstroke heat 3.

ATHLETICS

12.20: Hannah England – 1,500m heat 1.

HOCKEY

2pm: Zoe Shipperley (England) v Australia.

4pm: Emma Batten (Wales) v Scotland.

PARALYMPICS

11.11am: Daniel Hooker (England) T37 100m heat 2 (final 8.40pm).

Michael Appleton has no complaints after Oxford United easily beaten by Shrewsbury

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 27th December 2014

MICHAEL Appleton had no argument with the result as Oxford United were outclassed 2-0 by table-topping Shrewsbury Town.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh head coach Burnell distraught after defeat by London Irish

Oxford Mail: Justin Burnell

8:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

London Welsh’s head coach Justin Burnell was distraught after their 11th Avviva Premiership loss of the season - a 24-9 defeat at London Irish, despite an improvement from last week’s record 78-7 defeat at Saracens.

ANGLING: Results December 21

8:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

RESULTS

RACING: Coneygree cruises in

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

Coneygree (100-30) gave Mark Bradstock’s Letcombe Bassett stables, near Wantage, a first Grade 1 success with a runaway victory in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton yesterday.

TENNIS: Promising junior Ferguson closes in on national top five

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

Oxfordshire's Connor Ferguson achieved his highest finish in a national 12 and under event by reaching the final of the LTA Grade 2 winter tour in Nottingham.

FOOTBALL: Wantage fall to last-minute defeat

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:20am Saturday 27th December 2014

Wantage Town suffered late agony as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Swindon Supermarine in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West.

BADMINTON: Oxfordshire's champion duo

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

Oxfordshire’s Louise Atkins, from Drayton, (left) and Natalia Mitchell, of Woodstock, are pictured after winning the girls’ doubles at the Essex Under 17 bronze tournament. The pair won their group before winning the final 21-15 against Rebecca Holt and Ashleigh Smith.

FOOTBALL: Westlake's treble boosts North Leigh's play-off hopes

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

Defender Zak Westlake scored a hat-trick as North Leigh romped to a 6-0 victory against the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West strugglers at Eynsham Park.

FOOTBALL: Leam Howards leads way as Banbury United stroll in

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

Banbury United recorded their first Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division win for 13 matches with a trouncing of form side Cirencester yesterday.

FOOTBALL: Ten-man Oxford City's super run is left in tatters

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

Oxford City’s six-game unbeaten record was brought to a grinding halt as they were crushed 4-0 at Leamington yesterday, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

 

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