The first races had Chiltern’s best individual efforts of the day.
The Under 15 boys were first off and Will Perkin continued his good season with a commendable fourth place. The Under 15 boys had the best turnout of the day and the scoring four that finished ninth of 28 teams were completed by Sam Henning (80th), Richard Slade (84th), and Will Brown (95th). The other finishers were Jake Alderson (111th), Seb Mills (113th), Harry Kettle (120th), Tom Conway (147th), Theo Kontos (156th), Sam Howell (171st), George Brown (174th), and David Watson (204th). This was from a large field of 258..
Next up were the U13 girls who had the best team finish of the day to be fifth. They were led home by Sophie Morton in an excellent fifth place. Robyn Watkins in 52nd, Sandie Pohlman in 63rd and Emily Alderson in 76th completed the scoring in another big field of 292. First year Beth Welham ran well to be 135th and Olivia Houlihan-Burne was 250th.
The Under 13 boys were next. Cameron Reid was well up in the top twenty but suffered with the recurrence of a knee injury and had to slow up to finish in 153rd. The scorers that finished 11th of 37 teams were Ben Smith (37th), Tom Hall (52nd), Rupert Empson (70th) and Edward Watson (102nd). Also running were Kristian Everiss (160th), Phoenix Everiss (190th), Harry Brandon (204th), Oliver Jackson (218th), Ben Howell (224th), and Alex Boyd (255th).
The Under 15 girls ran next on a course quickly cutting up into a quagmire. Scarlett Wager-Leigh led the way in 44th with Hannah Thear (57th), Jess Orr (71st), and Lizzie Barraclough (81st) combining to be 11th from 30 teams. Emily Bannister was 112th and Mimi Houlihan-Burne 255th.
Injury and illness precluded full teams from taking part in the older age groups but there were good runs from the three U17 men taking part with Jonty Wager-Leigh (36th), Joe Cochrane (125th) and Jake Williamson (128th) all performing well on a tough 6k course.
Sarah Needleman was a solid 44th in the U20 women and Hannah Morton was 46th in the U17 women, down on expectations due to a turned ankle during the race.
The Senior men tackle a sapping 15k and Simon Beedell was the best placed Harrier in 200th. Back from injury James Repper was 298th, David Breingan 715th and Nick Marsh 819th from 986 finishers. Trevor Brawn was a victim of the weather - by the end of the Senior men’s race when Trevor was finishing, conditions had deteriorated badly with lightning cancelling the chip timing apparatus and strong winds nearly destroying the club tents area.
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