The Under 11s continue to impress. The U11 girls were fifth on the day with good runs from Alice Moffat (15th), Orla Williams (18th) and Olivia Cameron (23rd) and were fifth overall. Alice was the best placed girl in the final league in a commendable 14th.
The U11 boys had another dominant display with six of the top ten. Angus Williams completed his fourth win of the campaign to secure the league title and Tom Hunter was second to secure second overall. Matt Clifford (4th), Alex Aldred (5th), Zach Rahaman (8th) and Nathan Hackley (9th) also ran excellently. Overall in addition to Angus‘s first and Tom’s second place, Nathan was fifth, Matt seventh and Alex eighth.
The U13s rounded up a great season with both boys and girls securing team gold. The girls had a decent buffer of 50 points but still had to deliver a good performance. Sophie Morton continued her dominance in the league with a fifth straight win. Sophie has won all nine of the Chiltern League races she has taken part in as an U13 - a result of her talent, determination and consistency. She thus took away her second consecutive league title.
Sophie was backed up with great runs from Robyn Watkins (4th), Sandie Pohlman (10th) and Emily Alderson (13th). Charlotte Munn completed her debut season well in 23rd. The girls ended up with an 80 point lead over nearest rivals Bedford and County with Robyn 7th, Emily 14th and Charlotte 15th overall.
The U13 boys had a five point deficit to make up on St Albans but powerful runs by Ben Smith (2nd), Cameron Reid (3rd), Tom Hall (13th), Rupert Empson (17th) and Ethan Kidd (18th) turned the tables and gave the boys a seven point win, 1593 to 1586. Overall Cameron was silver medallist but Ben was just pipped for bronze. Tom Hall was 12th and Harry Brandon 21st.
The U15 teams also did well, both doing enough to secure team silvers for the season. The girls were equal first on the day with overall winners Bedford. Hannah Thear was fourth, enough to secure overall bronze, with Scarlett Wager-Leigh 6th, Jess Orr 11th, Emily Bannister 17th, Orla Fawcett 18th and Maddy Lacey 23rd. Overall Scarlett was fifth, Jess 13th, Emily 16th, and Orla 17th.
The boys were second on the day to ensure overall silvers. Will Perkin ran his third consecutive league win but with only three results out of five was ineligible for an individual medal. Will was backed up by Richard Slade (12th), Will Brown (14th), Harry Kettle (23rd), Jake Alderson (24th) and Seb Mills (28th). Overall Will Brown was highest placed Harrier in 12th with Harry Kettle 14th.
In the Junior women (U17s and U20s together) there was a second win for both Hannah Morton and the team, enough to go up one place into team bronze position. Hannah was backed up on the day by Sarah Needleman (6th) and Katie Bench (8th) with Claire Baxter 17th. Sarah ended the season as U20 silver medallist and in the U17s, Katie was 5th, Claire 11th.
The U17 men had several runners competing and were third on the day, and took team bronze for the season. Jonty Wager-Leigh had his best run of the season to be second and with that took individual bronze. Otherwise Matt Simpson was 13th, Jake Williamson 19th, Toby Smith a very good 24th on debut and Will Oleksiuk 31st. Overall Matt was 9th and Joe Cochrane 17th.
In the senior races numbers were down on normal but those on show did a good job.
For the women Sian Thomas was fifth, Ellie Bates 17th and Kirstie Elliott 27th with Sue Bree fourth scorer in 83rd. The senior women were overall fifth but the vets ended up third after some strong efforts earlier in the season. Sian was Senior women bronze medallist with Ellie in 12th.
The Senior men had their points total dented with Eddie O’Gorman and Justin Fowler both having to stop with injuries sustained an a, by now, very slippery course. However, Simon Beedell (25th), Nick Hughes (37th), Michael Goddard (50th), Jon Taylor (57th), and James Repper (69th) led the scoring team to seventh on the day and fourth overall.
Despite missing Eddie and Justin, the Vets did enough to win the Vets league for the season. Nick Hughes, James Repper, Peter Wootton, and Dave Breingan were the scorers on the day and the team ended up comfortable winners by 500 points. Eddie O’Gorman won the individual Vet 40 title with James Repper 5th and Nick Hughes 6th and Michael Goddard was 8th U20 man.
Chiltern Harriers have had record levels of participation in the League this season and, in terms of breadth of success across the age groups. probably their best League season ever.
More pictures from Mark Easton