There were a record number of individual trophies for Chiltern along with the usual good spread of team success. Individual gold went to Eddie O’Gorman (Vet 40 men), Sophie Morton (U15 girls) and Nathan Hackley (U11 Boys); silver to Hannah Morton (U17 women) and Will Perkin (U17 men); and bronze to Nick Hughes (Vet 40 men), Sandra Reynolds (Vet 35 women), Jonty Wager-Leigh (U17 men), Scarlett Wager-Leigh (U15 girls) and Ben Smith (U13 Boys).
The Under 11s have been very successful this year with both girls and boys winning their leagues, the first time this has happened since 2008. The girls were first off and the small but talented Chiltern team did their usual job of packing well in the top twenty. Orla Williams ran a well-paced race to be fourth, with consistent Abbie Henderson in fifth. Completing the scoring was Katie Repper in seventh. Holly Henderson and Carys Arnold also ran well as usual to be 11th and 16th respectively. After five matches Abbie was 5th, Katie 8th, Orla 9th, Holly 14th, and Carys 17th.
The Chiltern Under 11 Boys have an amazing record in the Chiltern League and this was the eighth straight year the Chiltern boys have won the U11 league. This year three runners in particular have excelled with Nathan Hackley winning on the day to confirm him as league champion. Zach Rahaman was fourth to finish fourth overall and Matt Aldred was sixth to finish eighth. These three have been well supported by William Mayhew, Gabriel Baker and Sebastian Lawrence.
The Under 13 Girls saw another good run by in-form Emily Alderson to be 13th. Jess Pullen was 41st and Millie Hughes, despite a mid-race nosebleed, was 46th. The girls were ninth on the day, seventh overall.
There was another team win for the Under 13 Boys. The Chiltern team has featured a record number of competitors with nineteen boys taking part through the season. On Saturday Angus Williams had his best finish of the season to be second. He was backed up by Cameron Reid (10th), Tom Hunter (12th), and Alex Aldred (13th). Ben Smith did not run on Saturday but his four previous races were enough to win individual bronze. Overall Angus Williams was 4th, Alex Aldred 13th, Tom Job 14th, Ben Howell 15th, Phoenix Everiss 18th and Matt Clifford 19th.
The Under 15 Girls have gone from strength to strength and on Saturday had their second consecutive league win. Sophie Morton was second to confirm her as Chiltern League champion. Emily Bannister was third, Robyn Watkins fourth and Scarlett Wager-Leigh sixth. Overall the team was narrowly second behind Bedford and County, with Scarlett individually third, Emily sixth and Robyn eighth. Also making a great contribution during the season were Jess Orr, Orla Fawcett, Maddy Lacey, Emma Kaye, Lizzie Barraclough, Sandie Pohlman, Charlotte Munn, Jemima Taswell-Fryer, and Mimi Houlihan-Burne.
George Brown had his best run of the season in the Under 15 Boys race to be seventh and was joined by Seb Mills in 17th and Jake Alderson 18th. The Chiltern boys were fourth after five matches.
Chiltern teams are increasingly strong in the U17 age group and the women were third this campaign with Hannah Morton second on the day to be silver medallist overall. Hannah Thear was 11th and Katie Bench 26th. Overall Hannah was 8th, Katie 17th. Also scoring during the season were Sophie Chesterman, Emma Barraclough, and Amy Harris.
On the U17 men’s side, Will Perkin and Jonty Wager-Leigh have had great seasons and on Saturday were second and third respectively to confirm those positions overall. Richard Slade had another great run to be 9th and Sam Howell was 16th. The team were second and eased past Milton Keynes to be second team overall.
The Senior women had a good team out with Sian Thomas 6th, Bex Nkoane 18th, Ellie Bates 19th and Kirstie Elliott 28th. The Veterans foursome of Bex, Kirstie, Tara Passey and Kate Loach scored well and the final league table saw the seniors sixth and the vets silver medallists. Sandra Reynolds didn’t run on Saturday but her four prior runs put her third overall. Sian Thomas was sixth senior overall and Kate Loach seventh Vet 45.
The Senior men also had a good turnout and were sixth, confirming sixth overall. The Veterans continued their excellent run of success, winning the league for a second consecutive year.
Eddie O’Gorman led the way with 12th, and Eddie won first place in the Vet 40 individual competition. Under 20 James McCarthy was 14th, James Repper 24th, Nick Hughes 29th, Michael Goddard 59th, and Nick Harvey 63rd. Overall Nick Hughes was third Vet 40 and James Repper fourth.
Chiltern Harriers continues to thrive in the League with talent and enthusiasm across all the age groups.
The cross country season comes to a close in the next few weeks with several juniors taking part for their counties in national inter-county competitions.