Chiltern Harriers had 28 athletes taking part, 16 for Buckinghamshire and 12 for Hertfordshire.
First off were the Under 13 boys and there were four Chiltern athletes in the Bucks team. County Champion Cameron Reid led out from the pen but had a fall in one of the muddier sections of the course and was trampled before being able to get up. Cameron nevertheless bravely got up to finish the race and fight another day. Ben Smith was first Bucks finisher in 36th and Year 6 athlete Angus Williams had an excellent county debut to be 78th and second scorer. Tom Hall was fifth Bucks finisher in 137th. The Bucks boys were 16th from 42 counties.
The Under 15 boys were next off and Will Perkin kept his good form going to be an excellent 7th in his final race in the age group. Richard Slade had a good run to be fourth Bucks scorer in 133rd but Will Brown had a difficult time, being spiked more than once and finished down the pack in 225th and sixth Bucks finisher. Jake Alderson had a solid run to be sixth Herts finisher in 195th.
Chiltern women involved in the U17 race were Hannah Morton (69th and first Herts girl home), Katie Bench (3rd Bucks scorer in 164th) and Claire Baxter (8th Herts scorer in 226th). Next race was the Under 20 women and Sarah Needleman (89th and second Herts scorer) and Amy Harris (92nd and second Bucks scorer) both had good runs over a tough 6k course.
The U13 girls race was a much simpler 3K lap and Sophie Morton was one of three Chiltern girls in the Herts team. Sophie has had a superb cross country career as an U13 and finished it off in style with a great run to be 13th and the first Herts scorer. Emily Alderson was sixth Herts finisher in 206th and Charlotte Munn 8th finisher in 280th. On the Bucks side, Robyn Watkins was third Bucks scorer in 139th but Sandie Pohlman struggled in the mud to be 269th.
Chiltern had three Herts men in the next race, the U17 men. Jonty Wager-Leigh had an excellent run to be second Herts scorer in 48th. Matt Simpson and Callum Neal were sixth and seventh Herts finishers in 185th and 242nd.
The penultimate race was the U15 girls and Chiltern had three Bucks and two Herts runners competing. Hannah Thear had a good run to be first Bucks girl across the line in 69th with Jess Orr and Orla Fawcett both having good outings, Jess third Bucks girl in 138th and Orla fifth Bucks girl in 185th. For Herts Scarlett Wager-Leigh was second Herts girl in 145th and Emily Bannister seventh Herts girl in 246.
The Final race was the Senior Men and Simon Beedell and Eddie O’Gorman toed the line for Bucks, Simon sixth finisher in 238th, Eddie seventh in 252nd.