A pleasant sunny day and a firm, dry course provided fast conditions for this event where Chiltern secured two team wins plus a second place and third place finish.
The Chiltern A team runner Cameron Reid (6.45) soon went into a comfortable lead which he was not to relinquish. The B team anchor, Edward Watson (7.08) soon overhauled the Harrow runner but was caught by the Bracknell third runner, but held on well for third place. Unfortunately B teams are ineligible for medals. There were 21 complete teams. There was also an incomplete C team featuring solid efforts from Louis Hunt (8.08) and Matt Clifford (8.00).
Earlier in the meeting the Chiltern U20 men had secured the first win of the day. Lead off runner Will Perkin brought the U20s in first place on the longer 3k route. His 10.16 proved to be the fastest leg of the race. Richard Slade ran well (10.56) but lost one place to handover in second to anchor James McCarthy. James (10.18, second fastest leg of the race) ran a well-paced leg to overhaul the Windsor runner to complete a well-earned victory. The U17 team of Angus Denison-Smith (11.30), Will Brown (11.29) and Oliver Jackson (11.53) ran well to be 11th, George Brown (12.03) running in an incomplete B team.
The Under 13 Chiltern girls have been looking good at the early part of the season so a medal was always a possibility. First year Holly Henderson (8.04) looked after the first leg, and brought the team home in eighth but not far off the leaders. Orla Williams then took off and ran a superb leg to bring the team in with a fairly good lead. Orla’s time of 7.28 on the 2k circuit was second fastest of the whole U13 girls race.
On the final leg, Abbie Henderson (7.57) ran well but could not hold off Herne Hill’s Maisie Collis, one the leading U13s in the country. So silver medals were an excellent result against some very good teams. The B team also acquitted themselves well with tenth place courtesy of Jinaan Lockwood (8.11), Alicia Bushell (8.21) and Laura Williams (8.29). There were 28 complete teams. Maddie Hughes (8.47) ran her first U13 event on the first leg of an incomplete C team.
The Under 13 boys have strength in depth this year and the A team performed well to be fifth. Matt Aldred (7.37) came in tenth, Nathan Hackley ran a great second leg of 7.17 to bring the team up to fifth, and Teague Eaton (7.40) held that place on the final leg. For the B team Tom Emery (7.40), Zach Rahaman (7.45) and William Mayhew (8.22) were 13th, and the C team of William Shield (8.09), Gabriel Baker (8.04), and Raphael Baker (8.44) were 25th. There were 29 complete teams. Bailey Cameron (7.54) ran a strong leg for the incomplete D team.
The Under 15 girls had two teams out in a high class race. The A team did well to be ninth and the Bs 15th from 35 complete teams. The A team of Olivia Cameron (7.52), Jane Williamson (7.40) and Soraya Lockwood (8.04), and the B team of Emily Alderson (7.58), Millie Hughes (8.05) and Ella Peters (7.59) all ran good times.
The U17 women had one team facing the starter and Robyn Watkins provided an excellent start with second spot on the 2.5k course, and the fourth fastest time of the race with 8.32. Orla Fawcett (9.43) and Jess Orr (10.01) also ran well and the girls ended up in seventh.