Under clear blue skies and on a course surprisingly firm given recent rain, Chiltern were third on the day and are well clear in third place in the league to date. Good performances and good turnouts were to be found through all the age groups and both male and female sides of the club. For the first time the Chiltern women and girls were the top scoring female club team at the match.
The senior women had a strong team out and the scoring four of Sian Thomas (7th), Bex Nkoane (14th), Sandra Reynolds (22nd) and Ali Young (23rd) were fourth. Ellie Bates also had a good run to be 26th. The veterans team of Bex, Sandra, Ali and Kirstie Elliott (36th) were team winners, moving up into third place overall.
The Junior women comprising U17s and U20s were the winning team with Hannah Morton (2nd), Katie Bench (8th), and Sarah Needleman (11tth) being the scorers. Amy Harris (13th), Sophie Chesterman (16th) and Claire Baxter (26th) gave the team good strength in depth. The girls go into the final match in fourth place.
There was a strong second place won by the U15 girls with Hannah Thear (4th), Scarlett Wager-Leigh (10th), Jess Orr (13th) and Emily Bannister (17th) all having good runs. They were backed up by Lizzie Barraclough (19th), Orla Fawcett (20th) and Maddy Lacey (22nd). The girls are in second place with one match to go.
Sophie Morton continued her unbeaten run with her fourth win of the season in the U13 girls race. The other scorers in the second placed team were Robyn Watkins (8th), Sandie Pohlman (10th), and Emily Alderson (19th) and there were also fine runs from Charlotte Munn (20th), Magda Rospedzihowska (27th) and Beth Welham (30th). The U13 girls have a 50 point lead going into the final match.
Not to be outdone the U11 girls had their best match so far, with Alice Moffat (16th), Meadow Thomas (19th) and Millie Hughes (20th) being the scorers. The girls were fifth and are fifth league-to-date.
The male side of the club also had a very good day. The seniors were fifth with Eddie O’Gorman (20th), Simon Beedell (30th), Michael Goddard (32nd), Justin Fowler (41st), Nick Hughes (53rd), and Tom Dixon (55th) all well placed. The Vets team of Eddie, Justin, Nick and Derek Brown won for the fourth match in a row and the Chiltern vets have a commanding lead at the top of their league.
The U17 men were missing a couple through injury but Jonty Wager-Leigh (5th), Callum Neal (10th), Joe Cochrane (24th) and Will Oleksiuk (34th) were third and the team are third to-date.
A good turnout from the U15 boys led to second place with Will Perkin having a good run to win the race. Sam Henning (10th), Richard Slade (16th) and Harry Kettle (19th) completed the scoring and there were good efforts from Will Brown (23rd) and Seb Mills (29th). The boys are second with one match left.
The Under 13 boys are in a very tight competition where the Chiltern team and St Albans now look to duel it out at the last match. The Chilterns were second on the day and are just five points behind St Albans, 1313 points to 1308. Cameron Reid and Ben Smith had their usual great runs to be second and third, with Tom Hall 11th and Ethan Kidd 24th completing the scoring. Harry Brandon in 26th and Kristian Everiss in 28th also ran well.
If, as looks likely given their 130 point lead, the U11 boys complete the season well, they will win the league. This will be the seventh consecutive season that the Chiltern U11 boys have won the league, a great achievement. On Saturday Angus Williams won for a third time, wrapping up the individual title. Tom Hunter had another good run to be second and Nathan Hackley continues to improve and was sixth. Matt Clifford (8th), Alex Aldred (12th) and Seb Porter (13th) also had great runs.
The final match is on February 8th at a venue yet to be decided.