Under blue skies and in warm temperatures at Oxford Horspath, the club had some brilliant results across all age groups and finished in third place. There were exactly 100 Chiltern finishers on the day.
There were team wins for the Under 11 girls, Under 13 girls, Veteran women, Under 13 boys, Under 15 boys, Under 17 men, and Under 20 men, and individual wins for U13 girl Orla Williams, Vet 45 woman Sandra Reynolds, U20 man James McCarthy, and Vet 40 man Nick Hughes.
As usual the Under 11s started proceedings and the girls made a fantastic start to the meeting. Although just three Harriers faced the starter, all three finished in the top four, with long-time leader Rosa Williams just pipped for the win. Ella Botha was third and Maddie Hughes fourth. This gave the girls a convincing win, and with more strong runners due at the next match, the prospects look good in this age group.
The Under 11 boys were also small in number but all ran well with Alfie Clifford an excellent ninth, Ethan Trimmer 23rd, Jamie Powell 30th and John Broadis 34th. The boys ended up fourth in the team stakes.
Attendance was not an issue with the U13s who both had large, strong teams out. The girls logged Chiltern’s best ever performance in this age group in the Chiltern League with a stunning 1-2-3-4 courtesy of Orla Williams, Abbie Henderson, Holly Henderson, and Jinaan Lockwood. These four scorers were backed up by Alicia Bushell in 10th, Katie Repper in 14th and Alice Brown in 47th.
The Under 13 boys had a great turnout with fourteen runners on the start line. The scorers were Nathan Hackley, an excellent second, Cormac Nisbet (5th), Matt Aldred (7th), and Woody Jackson (9th). There were also good runs from Harry Vintner (12th), Tom Emery (13th), and Teague Eaton (14th).
The Under 15 girls featured a breakthrough race from new recruit Jane Williamson who had a stunning run to be third. Jane was backed up by Olivia Cameron in 10th, Soraya Lockwood in 14th and Millie Hughes in 21st with the team finishing in second place. Emily Alderson was 22nd,, Ella Peters 23rd, Beth Welham 27th, and Anna Bayles in 39th.
Another age group with high hopes this season is the Under 15 boys. First year Angus Williams had another great run to be third and the team win was confirmed with great runs from Alex Aldred in sixth, Thomas Job in seventh, Cameron Reid in eighth and Tommy Davies in ninth. There were also good efforts from Edward Watson in 12th and Rhys Arnold in 19th.
There was an eye-catching run from Robyn Watkins to be second in the Junior women’s (U17/U20) race in her debut in the age group. Robyn was backed up by Orla Fawcett in 18th, and Sandie Pohlman in 21st. Jess Orr was 26th, Emily Bannister 28th, and Mimi Houlihan-Burne 32nd.
Chiltern’s U17 men’s strength in numbers provided a pleasant surprise with a joint win, finishing on 93 points, equal with rivals Bedford and County. Adam Day had a good Chiltern League debut to be third, Will Brown was sixth, Harry Cox eighth, and Jake Alderson 14th. Also running well were Oliver Jackson in 18th, George Brown in 20th, Seb Mills 22nd and Mike Day 24th.
The Senior women were second and featured good runs from Bex Nkoane (9th), Louise Durman (11th), Sandra Reynolds (20th), Susan Jarman (34th), Kate Loach (41st), and Tessa Passey (53rd). The veterans foursome of Bex, Sandra, Susan and Kate won their division. Sandra won the V45 race, Bex was second V35, and Kate third V55. There was a record turnout in the Senior women’s race with 237 finishers.
Chiltern’s Senior men were bolstered by the injection of youth in the form of several lads new to the U20s. The team had their best result for some time to be fourth with James McCarthy 5th, Nick Hughes 10th, Will Perkin 19th. Richard Slade 32nd, Sam Howell 44th, and James Repper 54th all running very well to be top 60. The remaining scorers were David Thomas 93rd, Tom Dixon 95th, Neil Brown 106th, and Rob Hall 114th. The Senior men’s race also had a record number of finishers with 415 completing the 9k course.
Once the results were split by age group, the Chiltern U20 men won their age group, courtesy of James McCarthy, Will Perkin, Richard Slade and Sam Howell. The vets were third thanks to Nick Hughes, James Repper, Derek Brown and Andy Hickman. James McCarthy was first U20, Nick Hughes was the leading Vet 40.
So a great start, and pleasingly the Chiltern youngsters were the highest scoring Junior club at the match.
The next match is at Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes on November 12th.