There were three Chiltern U13 boys teams running, and the A team were given a great start by first year Angus Williams, bringing the team home in fourth place in a time of 10.42 on the 3k course. Cameron Reid then went into a slight lead after leg two, running 10.58, and Tom Hall maintained that slight advantage, running 11.10 on the third leg. Although Ben Smith ran very well in a time of 10.33 on the final leg, he could not hold off Aldershot’s final leg runner who ran one of the fastest ever times on the course to just overhaul Chiltern and win by five seconds. Bedford and County were third. Ben and Angus’s times were both in the top ten fastest of the race.
On the B team Kristian Everiss (11.52), Tom Hunter (11.17), Tommy Davies (11.41) and Phoenix Everiss (11.58) ran well to be 19th from the 41 complete teams, and the C team came 28th courtesy of Harry Brandon (12.43), Edward Watson (11.34), Matt Clifford (12.11) and Seb Porter (11.47).
The Chiltern U13 girls were two inexperienced teams who did very well on the 2.3k course. The A team of Beth Welham (9.06), Emily Alderson (9.30) and Alice Moffat (9.58) were 29th and the B team of Jess Pullen (9.42), Isobel Swann (10.39) and Millie Hughes (10.10) were 57th from the 68 complete teams.
The U15 girls have strength in depth this year and the three teams acquitted themselves well. The A team of Sophie Morton (11.11), Scarlett Wager-Leigh (11.27) and Emily Bannister (11.32) were 13th from 74 complete teams. The B team of Jess Orr (12.27), Orla Fawcett (11.56), and Robyn Watkins (11.51) were 32nd, and the C team of Sandie Pohlman (12.30), Emma Kaye (12.21) and Mimi Houlihan-Burne (13.30) were 55th.
In the U15 boys race, the Chiltern A team and B team had a close tussle. The A team of Jake Alderson (11.00), Angus Denison-Smith (10.26), Will Brown (12.23) and Seb Mills (10.43) were 30th, ahead of the B team of George Brown (11.10), Ethan Kidd (11.02), Ollie Powell (11.23) and Oliver Jackson (11.55) in 33rd.
There were also good efforts from the U17s. The men, running a 3.8k circuit, were 13th courtesy of Will Perkin (13.01), Rob Hall (13.19), Richard Slade (13.20) and Toby Smith (13.35), whilst the women, still on the 3k loop, were 20th. A stunning run from Hannah Morton on the first leg brought the girls in third, and Hannah’s time of 10.34 was sixth best of the whole race. Hannah Thear with 12.40 and Katie Bench with 12.28 were second and third leg runners.
Last but not least were the senior women who were a commendable 34th from 59 complete teams. Ali Young had a great first leg on the 3.8k circuit, running 14.36 and was followed in by Kirstie Elliot (16.02), Hannah Wardley (16.19), and Sarah Needleman (15.33). This was an improvement of seven places and 52 seconds on the team’s effort in 2013.