There was a good balance between seniors and juniors, and male and female sides of the club. There were three team wins for Chiltern across the age groups, four individual wins, and there was an excellent turnout of 94 runners for the club.
As usual the Under 11s got things started with a slightly surprising but very enjoyable win for the Under 11 girls team. Orla Williams starred, winning the race in style. She was backed up by Katie Repper in 10th and Abbie Henderson in 11th.
The Under 11 boys also did well, coming a close second. The team score was provided by Nathan Hackley in sixth, Zach Rahaman in eighth, and Bailey Cameron in tenth.
The Under 13 girls have seen several girls move up to U15 level this season, but there were solid runs from Beth Welham (13th), Emily Alderson (24th), Jess Pullen (74th), and Amber Restall (75th) to finish as ninth team.
A huge turnout of sixteen Chiltern Under 13 boys toed the line and they ran very well to win the team race. Scorers were Angus Williams (5th), Ben Smith (6th), Cameron Reid (7th) and Tom Hunter (8th). There were a further six boys in the top thirty.
The Under 15 girls team have a strong squad this year and keeping up her amazing unbeaten run in the Chiltern League was Sophie Morton who won her fourteenth consecutive league race. The other scorers were Scarlett Wager-Leigh, who had a great run to be third, Emma Kaye in 16th, and Robyn Watkins in 17th.
A heavily depleted Under 15 boys team had the bear bones of just four runners but all did a great job to record fifth place – Will Brown 14th, Ethan Kidd 23rd, George Brown 28th and Ollie Powell 34th.
The Junior Ladies also had just the three scorers but again all ran well to be a creditable third. Hannah Morton provided the third Chiltern individual win of the day, backed up by Hannah Thear in 9th and Katie Bench in 23rd.
The Under 17 men were also a team of just scoring runners, but also ran very well to match the ladies’ third place. Will Perkin was fifth, Richard Slade 16th, Rob Hall 22nd, and Sam Howell 31st.
Chiltern Harriers’ Seniors were very well represented. Both the men’s and ladies’ teams were rewarded for their efforts with 6th place in their respective team competitions, with the men being first in the veterans’ race and the ladies second.
In the men’s race Eddie O’Gorman did extremely well to finish 10th in a fast field, and 1st in the M40 Category, with a time of 33.29. James Repper came 2nd to him in the same category, finishing 38th in the field with a time of 35.35 and Nick Hughes was 5th in 35.53. Alastair Melville-Smith was the next Chiltern man home, finishing in a time of 37.40, followed by Callum Neal (M20, 38.40), Nathan Taylor (M40, 39.06), Jon Taylor (39.10) and Nick Marsh (39.16). Not far behind them was Michael Goddard (M20, 40.02), Trevor Poole (40.07 and Andy Hickman (M40, 40.35). They were followed home by Peter Wootton (M40, 42.27), David Breingan (M40, 43.54) and Mike Cobley (44.39). Next home were Ade McCormack (M50, 45.59), Glen Martin (M40, 48.16), Alex Pepper (M50, 48.27) and Dave Walker (50.48). Trevor Brawn and Martyn Cartwright, true club stalwarts, and both in the M60 Category, completed the course in 55.40 (Trevor) and ‘Time Unknown’(Martyn).
In the ladies’ race Sandra Reynolds did fantastically as the first Harrier to finish- Sandra was 2ndin the F35 Category, with a time of 28.10. She was followed immediately by Bex Nkoane, who took the 3rd palce in the F35 Category, finishing in 28.15, and by Kirstie Elliott who also did brilliantly to finish in the top ten of the F35 Category (9th) with a time of 29.27. They were followed by Ellie Bates (29.47) and Kate Loach (F45, 32.41). Next was Barbara Ralph who did tremendously to finish 6th in the F55 Category, in 33.12. She was followed home by Angela Hughes, who was competing for the first time for the Club in the F45 Category (and on her birthday!). Angela finished in a very respectable 37.51. Paula Walker finished in 43.17 (F55), followed by Fiona Calder in 43.33 (F35).
So with an encouraging fourth place at the first match for Chiltern, the focus moves to the new venue of the College Equestrian Centre near Bedford for Match Two on November 8th.