The club finished in third place on the day to confirm overall third place in the 14-club Division 1 of the League. Lost Property on the Day
Overall for the season there were individual medals for Matt Aldred (Gold - U11 Boys), Angus Williams (Gold - U13 Boys), Orla Williams (Silver – U13 Girls), Thomas Job (Silver - U13 Boys), Robyn Watkins (Silver – U15 Girls), Will Perkin (Silver - U17 Men), Abbie Henderson (Bronze - U11 Girls), Alex Aldred (Bronze – U13 Boys), Kirstie Elliot (Bronze – Vet 35 Women), and Nick Hughes (Bronze – Vet 40 Men).
Team medals went to U11 Girls (Gold), U11 Boys (Gold), U13 Girls (Silver), U13 Boys (Gold), U15 Girls (Bronze), U17 Men (Silver), Junior Women (Silver), and Senior Women (Silver).
For the second match in a row Chiltern’s women and girls were the best female team in the division. At Campbell Park, the Junior age groups excelled, scoring the highest number of points of all the clubs taking part.
The Senior Women have shown real quality this campaign and on Saturday were just two points away from a match win. Sian Thomas had her best run of the season to be third and was ably supported by Louise Durman in sixth, Ellie Bates in 11th and Kirstie Elliot in 24th. The Chiltern women were second overall, their best finishing position for many seasons. The Vets were sixth on the day, fourth overall and Kirstie Elliot picked up the bronze medal in the Vet 35 age category. Also coping with the gloomy conditions at Campbell Park were Natalie Baker (80th), Jo West (107th), Fiona Williams (108th), Barbara Ralph (118th), and Angela Hughes (148th).
The younger female teams also got amongst the medals. The Junior Women were third on the day and second overall. Hannah Thear (8th), Orla Fawcett (13th) and Jess Orr (18th) scored on Saturday with Emma Kaye also running to be 24th. Overall in the U17s, Hannah Thear was fifth, Maddy Lacey 7th, Scarlett Wager Leigh 8th ,Orla Fawcett 9th and Jess Orr 12th.
Robyn Watkins gained her first ever Chiltern League win on Saturday and was overall silver medallist in the U15 Girls event. The girls were third on Saturday with scorers behind Robyn being Soraya Lockwood (9th), Emily Alderson (12th) and Beth Welham (24th). Sandie Pohlman was 30th. The girls were third overall with Emily Alderson joining Robyn in the top ten in 8th place with Sandie 19th.
The U13 Girls have been a revelation this season. With pretty much a full team out they scored a convincing win on the day, ending up second overall. Orla Williams gained her second League win of the season and in-form Millie
Hughes was second. Olivia Cameron in fifth and Laura Williams in ninth completed the scoring. Overall, Orla was individual silver medallist with Jess Pullen in 24th.
The U11 Girls were the first race of the day and on a short but hilly course Abbie Henderson was second which bumped her up into bronze medal position for the season. Holly Henderson was sixth and Carys Arnold 14th. This gave the girls the win on the day and secured a convincing win overall. As always there was strong back up from a good sized team and the rest of the girls packed well – Rosa Williams (15th), Hannah Ashby (17th), Ellie Shield (22nd), Charlotte Hilton (28th), Eleanor Mayhew (36th), Maddie Hughes, a faller on the course (38th), Maya Brown (41st) Esme Young (49th), Katie West (51st), and Sophia Hilton (52nd).
The male teams also did well. The U11 Boys had a battle royal with Bedford and County but race-winner Matt Aldred, fourth placed Cormac Nisbet, and Harry Vintner in seventh did enough to secure the League win by just four points. This is the eighth successive season that Chiltern’s U11 Boys have won their league. Saturday also saw good runs from Raphael Baker (12th), William Mayhew (14th), and Joel Lewis (32nd). Matt ended up as League champion with Cormac in fourth place.
The U13 Boys have had an excellent League season and a fifth consecutive win on Saturday confirmed their overall League title. The boys had another very strong race – on the day Angus Williams won, Thomas Job was second , Alex Aldred third and Louis Hunt eighth. Also running well on Saturday were Matt Clifford (12th), Zach Rahaman (15th), Luke Martin (27th), Robert Orr (28th), and Gabriel Baker (35th). The overall medals were a Chiltern clean sweep with Angus claiming gold, Thomas silver and Alex bronze. Nathan Hackley was overall fourth, Matt Clifford tenth and Zach Rahaman 12th.
The U15 Boys had another small turnout but the foursome of Ben Smith (4th), Tommy Davies (9th), Edward Watson (15th) and Ben Howell (17th) all ran well for third on the day. The team ended up a creditable fourth overall.
The Under 17 Men’s race saw Will Perkin in second, securing second place overall. The scoring was completed by Richard Slade (7th), Sam Howell (10th) and Rob Hall (13th). Will Brown was 16th, Harry Kettle 18th, George Brown 24th and Seb Mills 25th.In the final League standings Sam was fourth, Richard sixth, Will Brown 11th, Rob Hall 13th, George Brown 14th, Jake Alderson 15th and Seb Mills 17th.
In the Senior Men’s race Chiltern were seventh on the day and finished eighth overall. In a large race of 330 finishers Nick Hughes (21st), James Repper (50th), Tom Dixon (59th), Andrew Wiseall (73rd), Derek Brown (82nd), Toby Smith (91st) and Neil Brown (96th) all scored good points in the top 100. The Vet men were fourth on the day, fifth overall and the U20 men were ninth on the day, fifth overall. Nick Hughes picked up the bronze medal for the Vet 40 age group.
The match saw the retirement after fifteen years of Men’s Cross Country Team Captain Gary Walford. After the race, Club Chairman Trevor Davies presented Gary with a clock to thank him for his efforts over the years.