The first runner on the start line was Hannah Thear for the U17 women, but with two teammates unavailable due to health issues, Hannah had a solo run, coming home an excellent 13th on the first leg in 9.06 on the 2.5k circuit.
The U13 boys were second in both the Southern Road Relays and Cross Country Relays earlier in the season, so had hopes of a top ten position. Cameron Reid took on the first leg, usually the fastest with teams pushing for a good start.
Cameron had a very good run, coming home 10th in 7.04 on the 2k course. Ben Smith took up the reins and ran 7.22 to move up to 6th. Angus Williams had a battle on the final leg, and at one stage was up to fourth but faded slightly near the end to bring the team home in 6th after a leg of 7.19. There were 79 complete teams. In most years the boys’ combined time of 21.46 would be enough for a medal but standards in the age group are very high this year.
The U15 girls completed the Chiltern interest for the day. After an eighth place in the Southern Cross Country Relays the team were hoping for a top 20, position, so 11th was a very good result with 89 complete teams in the race.
Sophie Morton led off to finish 9th on the first leg in 7.20. Scarlett Wager-Leigh took over, making up five places with a run of 7.30, and Robyn Watkins had the tricky job of final leg, competing against some top runners. Robyn ran 7.43, a full minute quicker than her time the previous year, to bring the team home 11th.