This is home to the Hertfordshire Schools Cross Country Championships and several Chiltern youngsters were competing for their schools with a view to selection to represent Herts Schools at the English Schools Cross Country at Blackburn on March 14th.
There was great success amongst the group with Sophie Morton winning the Junior Girls race and Scarlett Wager-Leigh winning the Intermediate Girls event. Joining them in Blackburn will be Emily Alderson (sixth in the Junior Girls) and Emily Bannister (second in the Intermediate Girls).
Charlotte Munn was just outside the selection places in the Junior Girls as were Rachel Padwick and Mimi Houlihan-Burne in the Intermediate Girls. Jess Pullen was 18th in the Year 7 Pre-Junior Girls race.
Jonty Wager-Leigh ran a controlled race to be third in the Senior Boys event and Jake Alderson was in the very high calibre Intermediate Boys race, coming a respectable 15th.
Earlier at Verulamiam, some other Chiltern athletes took part in the 5k St Albans Parkrun. Due to the slushy, sleety conditions the route was the off road course rather than the fast, round the lake version. The race attracted 245 runners of all ages and was won by Will Perkin in a good time of 16.45. Third was Harry Kettle in 17.55 and Ben Smith was eighth in 18.53. Cameron Reid was 13th in 19.24, Zach Rahaman 21st in 19.47, Alex Aldred 34th in 20.47.
Hannah Thear was first female in 19.31, Orla Fawcett fourth female in 20.21, and Beth Welham fifth female in 21.21. Support from the rear came from dads, Steve Perkin logging 21.00, Tim Reid 23.38, and Stuart Aldred 28.59.
Also on Saturday Robyn Watkins was 15th in the Junior Girls race at the high standard South East Schools Inter Counties which took place at Reigate, There were 99 runners in her event and Robyn was third Berkshire scorer. This result confirms Robyn in the Berkshire team for Blackburn.
Further south in Stanmer Park, Brighton, Hannah Wardley was running for Loughborough University in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships, coming a respectable 284th from 497 student runners. Her time for the hilly and muddy 6k circuit was 31.45. George Gillingwater ran for Birmingham University and came 143rd in the B race from 444 finishers, completing the tough 8k course in 31.26.