Several Chiltern runners tackled the 1500m and there were nine personal bests amongst the contingent. In Race 1, U15 Emma Kaye made her debut with an impressive 5.25.33 and U13s Emily Alderson and Beth Welham scored big PBs with 5.29.31 and 5.38.21 respectively. Matt Clifford made his U13 debut with a good looking 5.32.24 and Ben Howell ran a season’s best 5.49.68.
Race 2 featured U15 Scarlett Wager-Leigh in second place with a PB of 5.01.79. Rachel Padwick (U17) ran a ten second PB to log 5.04.42 and Orla Fawcett (U15) had a season’s best 5.15.75. There were PBs all round in Race 3 for U17 Sam Howell (4.45.62), U15 Will Brown (4.47.04) and U15 George Brown (4.58.17).
There were three more PBs in Race 4 – U17 Toby Smith with 4.39.01, U15 Jake Alderson with 4.40.83 and U15 Seb Mills with 4.43.36.
Race 5 saw season’s bests from U20 Joe Cochrane with 4.40.72 and Vet 40 Steve Winter with 4.42.44, and the final race of the night saw good runs and season’s bests from U20s James McCarthy with 3.59.37 and Matt Simpson with 4.19.53.
Under 15 David Odita made an impact in his debut meeting, running 12.58 for 100m and breaking the U15 club record for the long jump with 5.22m. Fellow U15s Abi Jones and Emily Baxter doubled up with 200m and shot, Abi achieving 29.03 and 8.50m and Emily 30.54 and 6.48m.
Father and son Andrew (Vet 50) and Allan Stewart (U23) took on a tough challenge of 100m, 200m and 400m with Allan’s 400m of 55.60 being the pick of the runs. Also running 400m was U20 Michael Goddard who ran a strong PB of 51.65.
The 800m had two Chiltern runners. U13 Angus Williams ran a mature race to log a PB of 2.31.00 and Callum Neal was in the fastest race of the night, recording a PB of 2.04.01.
The final event of the evening, towards 10pm, saw four more PBs for the Chiltern runners taking part in the 3000m races. In Race 1 U17 Richard Slade achieved 10.12.32, U15 Emily Bannister 11.07.56 and U20 Sarah Needleman 11.22.05. Jonty Wager-Leigh was in Race 2 and ended up third on the national U17 rankings with a great run of 9.22.58.