There was much success amongst the youngest boys age group with several medals won. On the Saturday there was a clean sweep in the 1500m where Chiltern had eight competitors. Cameron Reid looked in control of the race but suffered with knee pain and had to slow down to finish third. Ben Smith took the reins and won the race in a strong 4.46.26. Angus Williams was second, also in a PB of 4.50.44, with Cameron third in 4.53.67. There were also good runs from Kristian Everiss (5.16.45), Edward Watson (5.18.45), Phoenix Everiss (5.20.61). Tom Hall had a difficult race with Achilles pain and Matt Clifford gained good experience with a solid 5.36.71.
On Sunday in the 800m Ben and Angus gained further medals with silver and bronze respectively, Ben in 2.25.42 and Angus in 2.25.70. Seb Porter ran a PB of 2.37.45 but Phoenix Everiss and Alex Aldred were just off their best.
In the sprints Calvin Stevens and Harry Brandon made both finals with Calvin winning bronze in both 100m and 200m. Harry was sixth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m. Harry also excelled in the field with gold in the long jump with a PB of 4.45m and silver in the high jump with another PB of 1.35m. Also doing well in field events were Kristian and Phoenix Everiss. Phoenix won bronze on Saturday in both the shot and discus and followed that up with good performances in the 1500m and javelin. Kristian was fourth in the discus, third in the high jump and second in the javelin. Ben Smith also won a javelin medal with bronze to go with his middle distance medals.
Under 15 boys
Harry Kettle got the ball rolling in great fashion on Saturday with gold in the 300m in an English Schools qualifying time of 37.98, a new Championship and club record. Harry added a silver in the 800m on Sunday with Seb Mills also making the final, coming eighth. Angus Denison-Smith and Theo Kontos were unlucky being ninth and tenth fastest in the heats. Alex Ahern set a new PB of 42.75 to be fourth in the 300m and added fourth in the 200m and fifth in the 100m to his weekend’s programme.
Huey Chadwick followed up silver in the 100m on Saturday with gold in the 200m on Sunday in a PB of 25.65, and also came fifth in the shot. Siddhant Dey had a very good County debut with fourth in the shot, followed up with a bronze in the discus, missing silver by 5cm with a throw of 28.80m.
Under 17 men
Will Perkin won silver on Saturday in the 1500m but that turned to gold on the Sunday in the 800m with a good time of 2.00.68. Rhys Aitchison won bronze in the 100m and gold in the shot with a PB of 10.12m. Richard Slade put in PB performances in the 1500m on Saturday (4.46.73 to be eighth), and in the 3000m on Sunday (10.07.37 to be seventh). On Sunday Fabian Everiss won the silver in the javelin with 33.46m
Under 20 men
James McCarthy did the 1500m/800m double. On Saturday a very slow, tactical 1500m led to a strong last lap for James to win in 4.27.31 with Joe Aherne an excellent second. On Sunday James ran a strong pace to emerge as 800m champion in 1.54.89, with Michael Goddard bronze medallist in 1.58.77.
Under 13 girls
There were no medals for the U13 girls but several commendable performances. In the sprints Lucia Gonzalez-Bohr (15.54) , Sophie Webb (15.92) and Abi Fountain (16.09) gained good experience in the 100m heats and Wanessa Idec made it through to the final, finishing fifth in an encouraging 14.84. In the 200m Amber Restall ran 36.31 in her heat. Sophie was eighth in the long jump with 3.72m.
Beth Welham ran well to gain a PB of 5.24.53 for fifth in the 1500m with a further PB for Alice Moffat in ninth of 5.41.38. Beth continued her weekend with fourth in the discus (13.99m) and a solid run in the 800m of 2.42.06.
Olivia Scarles and Ellie Perkin did well in the technical events with Olivia making the 70m hurdles final, and running 14.70, combined with seventh in the high jump and 11th in the long jump. Elie was just off the medals in the throws, fourth in the shot with 5.64m and fourth in the javelin with a PB of 15.17m.
Under 15 girls
Ella Merten-Mancer won silver in the 100m in a season’s best 13.44. Sandie Pohlman ran PB of 46.19 in the 300m to be fourth but just missed the cut in the 800m being ninth fastest from the two heats. Orla Fawcett, Jess Orr and Jemima Taswell-Fryer did get through with Jess taking the bronze medal in a PB of 2.31.52, Orla fifth and Jemima sixth.
In the 1500m on Saturday Orla ran an astute tactical race to take the silver medal with Jess winning bronze and Emma Kaye having another good run in her debut season to be fifth. Robyn Watkins was a little off her best in eighth.
Under 17 women
Rachel Klima won silvers in both sprints in strong times of 13.24 and 26.68. Robyn Lisle was sixth in the 200m with 28.66. Fran Luttrell continued the medal haul with a great new PB of 45.45 to be third in the 300m.
Hannah Thear struck form at the right time with a double win in the 800m and 1500m. The 1500m on Saturday was a season’s best of 4.49.31 with a superb run for silver from Rachel Padwick with a huge new PB of 4.50.85. Katie Bench was eighth. Sunday’s 800m saw Hannah in a great battle with Windsor’s Eloise Davison, Hannah winning out with a season’s best and English Schools qualifying time of 2.17.92. Rachel Padwick again scored a big PB to be fourth in 2.24.41.
Hannah also bagged silver in the long jump with 4.69m. Katie Bench ran a sensible race in the 3000m to gain silver and there were medal winning throws from Claire Buttivant in the discus with a season’s best of 22.66m to win silver and 7.41m to win bronze in the shot. Claire also threw a season’s best 20.79m in the hammer.
Under 20 women
Hannah Shepard achieved an excellent PB in the 400m, winning silver in 61.33. Hannah was also fourth in the 200m and fifth in the 100m. Sarah Cross was sixth in both 100m and 200m.
Sophie East won double gold in the 100m and 200m in times of 13.16 and 27.11 and Dominic Janson was second and first in the male versions with 11.98 and 24.85.