There was a good turnout of 76 across the age groups as Chiltern were fourth on the day and consolidated third place in the league. As with the first two matches, the opening races saw great performances from Chiltern’s Under 11 and Under 13 athletes.
The Under 11 boys are getting stronger match by match and recorded a second win. Oakley Denson scored another individual win and was backed up by new recruit Leon Doran in third and Max Baxter in sixth. More good runs came courtesy of Alfie Clifford (15th), Jamie Powell (17th), Ethan Trimmer (19th), and Sammy Bennetts (22nd). After three matches the boys have a one-point lead, so it looks like there will be an exciting battle for medals in the remaining matches.
Four strong runners were missing from the Under 13 Girls team as they were involved in the English Schools Cup Final on Merseyside, but Orla Williams led the Chiltern girls home with a second individual win of the season. Alicia Bushell in fifth, Laura Williams in 14th and Alice Brown in 28th completed the scoring, and Bea Griffiths ran well to be 36th. The girls were narrowly third on the day but keep their overall lead.
The Under 13 Boys had a strong team out. Nathan Hackley was second, Woody Jackson third, Matt Aldred seventh, and Teague Eaton 11th to score a third consecutive win. Further good runs came from Tom Emery in 12th, and Louis Peterson 18th. The boys look well-placed to complete a league win this season.
The Under 15 teams were missing several key athletes taking part for the Challoner’s teams in the Schools Cup final but those running did a good job to keep points ticking over. The Under 15 girls featured Jane Williamson (8th), Ella Peters (16th), Emily Alderson (25th), and Anna Bayles (38th). The quartet were fifth on the day, and the team is third overall.
The Under 15 boys were led in by Thomas Job in seventh. Also scoring were Cameron Hathaway-Enright (19th), Matt Clifford (26th) and Ben Howell (27th). Jamie Trimmer also ran to be 40th. The boys did well to be fourth on the day and are second overall.
The Junior Women had a large team out and recorded their best result of the season to be second. Robyn Watkins was second, Scarlett Wager Leigh seventh and Orla Fawcett 17th. Also running well were Emily Bannister (22nd), Jess Orr (27th), Sandie Pohlman (28th), Mimi Houlihan-Burne (30th) and Rachel Padwick (31st).
A small Under 17 men’s team saw good runs from Adam Day in fifth, Will Brown in 12th, and George Brown in 23rd. The boys were fourth but are third overall.
The Senior Women had a good turnout and were second. Bex Nkoane was sixth, Louise Durman seventh, Mairead O’Rourke 17th, Ellie Bates 19th, Tessa Passey 57th and Kate Loach 62nd. The veterans foursome of Bex, Mairead, Tessa and Kate were second and remain second league-to-date.
The Senior Men had a solid day to be eighth. Scorers were Nick Hughes (13th), Will Perkin (28th), Richard Slade (32nd), James Repper (48th), George Gillingwater (65th), Rob Hall (71st), Andrew Wiseall (109th), Simon Brown (118th), Neil Brown (122nd) and Mike Worsfold (123rd). The U20 trio of Will Perkin, Richard Slade and Rob Hall were second and are second overall, whilst the vets foursome of Nick Hughes, James Repper, Simon Brown and Mike Worsfold were third and are third overall.
The fourth match is on January 14th at Keysoe near Bedford, and with several young teams likely to be strengthened, the prospects are good for a strong performance.