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ATHLETICS: Naylor is crowned champion
Steve Naylor overcame illness to seal the Apex Sports Chiltern Cross Country League title.
The 33-year-old, from Combe, was crowned senior and overall men’s Division 1 champion after finishing third in the final round at Wing, Buckinghamshire.
Naylor (Bedford & County) had been suffering from a heavy cold, but was determined to compete after picking up two wins and a second from his previous outings.
In the end, he clocked 34mins 15secs for third place over a muddy six-mile course to take the title by nine points from Luton’s Daniel Woodgate.
“It hasn’t sunk in that I’ve actually won,” said Naylor.
“I think I was so pre-occupied with fighting the illness that it took the shine away from the achievement.
“I’m not the first person to race while under the weather, but I won’t be rushing to do it again.”
Naylor was happy to let race winner Alex Tovey (Windsor) pull away and with Woodgate not competing in the final round, the Oxfordshire champion had more breathing space than expected.
l JAMES Bolton was the first vet 40 home in the Wokingham Marathon after clocking his first sub 72-minute run.
The Woodstock Harrier recorded a personal best 1hr 11mins 14secs to finish 15th.
OTHER RESULTS (senior men unless stated) WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Witney RR: D Cantwell (Vet 45) 1.17.58, P Ainslie (V50) 1.30.34, M Johnson (V40) 1.37.04, J Gamage (LV45) 1.57.12, S Christie (LV45) 1.59.50, WILTSHIRE 10 MILES Witney RR: J Whelan (V50) 1.13.34, D Leigh (V50) 1.31.53, L Leigh (LV45) 1.32.03.
DURSLEY DOZEN Witney RR: H Smith (LV45) 2.22.00, A Church (V45) 2.22.00.
ABINGDON PARK RUN Woodstock H: 49 D Richens 29.32.
OXFORD PARK RUN Witney RR: F Howard 19.21, H Howard (JW14) 27.18, S Howard (LV35) 27.18, H West (LV55) 28.58, E Howard (JW14) 29.02.
Woodstock H: 18 C Phillips (LV45) 24.06.
PLYM VALLEY PARK RUN Witney RR: S Le Good 21.18.
DALLAS HOT CHOCOLATE 15K Witney RR: R Lally (SL) 1.23.12.