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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).

GOLF: Pepperell out to break duck

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Eddie Pepperell will tee off at St Andrews today believing it is only a matter of time before he sec-ures a maiden win on the European Tour.

RACING: Berkshire on way back

Oxford Mail: Jim Crowley guides the Paul Cole-trained Berkshire  to victory in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Forgotten horse Berkshire is set for an imminent return to competitive action.

RUGBY UNION: Smith backs struggling Welsh to beat drop

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Ollie Smith admits the step up to top-flight rugby has proved tougher than many at London Welsh expected.

RUGBY UNION: Purdy praised

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Former Chipping Norton junior Henry Purdy was praised for his try-scoring display in Gloucester’s 46-10 win over London Welsh at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium.

ATHLETICS: Carter breaks own record to take Woodstock crown

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sophie Carter broke her own ladies’ course record as she stormed to victory at the Woodstock 12.

ICE HOCKEY: Elliott's exclusion adds to misery for sad Stars

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Player-coach Darren Elliott was excluded in controversial fashion as Oxford City Stars slipped to a 9-6 defeat away to London Raiders in English National League South Division 1.

RUGBY UNION: Harlequins miss out on Twickenham trip

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Oxford Harlequins Under 12s missed out on the chance of walking out at Twickenham by the narrowest of margins after suffering an agonising defeat in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

BOWLS: Campion's title

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Banbury Central’s Caroline Campion was crowned Oxfordshire Ladies’ Champion of Champions at South Oxford.

RUGBY UNION: Trophy tribute to brave Widdowson

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Andrew Widdowson was visibly moved at the presentation of a trophy in his honour after Oxford University Greyhounds took on Edinburgh University at Iffley Road.

BAR BILLIARDS: Trafford and Gordon set standard in defence of pairs crown

Oxford Mail: cue and cue ball for images of snooker and billards for sport

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Pairs holders Mark Trafford and Ian Gordon marched on in the Oxford League’s competition, writes PETE EWINS.

 

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