Chiltern Harriers had another excellent Chiltern Cross Country League match at the third of the five-match series at Stockwood Park, Luton on Saturday.
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The senior men ended up in third place, their best result for some time, with Eddie O’Gorman again being the first placed Vet 40 in the race and the club’s leading scorer in ninth. Chiltern’s second finisher was James McCarthy, who had an excellent senior debut in the league to be 11th, and second U20. Also scoring were Nick Hughes (23rd), James Repper (33rd), Peter Gould (60th), Alastair Melville-Smith (61st), Michael Goddard (64th), Callum Neal (72nd), Nick Harvey (82nd), and Andrew Wiseall (86th).
The four scorers in the Vets race were Eddie, Nick (3rd Vet 40), James (5th Vet 40) and Nathan Taylor who won on the day and the Vets retain first place in the league.
The Under 17 men’s race saw further Chiltern success with Will Perkin (2nd), Jonty Wager-Leigh (3rd), Richard Slade (13th) and Sam Howell (19th) combining to be second on the day and remain third league-to-date.
The best Harriers turnout of the Chiltern League season in the U15 boys race saw Will Brown (7th), Ethan Kidd (18th), George Brown (20th), and Jake Alderson (24th) put in a great performance to be fourth. Also running well were Harry Kettle, Seb Mills, Ollie Powell and Harry Cox.
There was a large and talented group of U13 boys running for Chiltern and they duly enhanced their league lead with a further win. Scorers were Ben Smith (third), Angus Williams (sixth), Cameron Reid (seventh) and Tom Hunter (11th) and there were also good runs from Edward Watson (14th), Alex Aldred (15th), and Tom Job (16th).
The U11 boys also continued their winning ways. Nathan Hackley was second, Matt Aldred fourth and Zach Rahaman seventh to win on the day and the boys retain a slender lead at the top of the league.
The female side of the club also did well.
Amongst the seniors Sian Thomas (8th), Sandra Reynolds (15th), Ellie Bates (24th) and Grace Birch (47th) combined to be fifth. The Vets foursome of Sandra, Kate Loach, Tessa Passey and Lesley Perkin were fifth but are second overall.
The Junior women had a good team of six out with Hannah Morton (5th), Hannah Thear (12th) and Emma Barraclough (17th) finishing fourth on the day and maintaining fourth for the season. Sophie Chesterman, Amy Harris and Katie Bench all had solid outings.
The Chiltern U15 girls continue to be a team to be reckoned with. Scarlett Wager-Leigh ran a strong tactical race to gain her first ever Chiltern League victory and lead the team to second. Sophie Morton (5th), Robyn Watkins (10th) and Emily Bannister (12th) were the other scorers and there were good runs from Jess Orr (17th) and Maddy Lacey (20th).
The Under 13s gave another solid performance to be fifth with Beth Welham (9th) and Emily Alderson (13th) both having great runs. Millie Hughes in 35th and Jess Pullen in 42nd completed the scoring.
Top Chiltern female team on the day were the Under 11s who recorded another win courtesy of in-form Abbie Henderson in third, Orla Williams (8th) and Katie Repper (9th). Close behind were Maddie Hughes (10th), Carys Arnold (11th) and Holly Henderson (18th). The U11 girls have a good lead with two matches remaining.
After three matches Chiltern Harriers are clear in third place with several teams and individuals in the hunt for medals at the end of the season.
The next match is at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on January 10th.