The course was on a very exposed ex-airfield and the very strong wind was a major factor in the day’s races. The highlight for Chiltern was a bronze medal for the Under 15 boys team, but there were promising performances throughout the age groups.
The Under 15 girls fielded just one team and the trio of Jane Williamson (10.38), Soraya Lockwood (10.47) and Beth Welham (11.18) put in a solid display to be 21st from 53 complete teams.
Both girls and boys Under 13 teams also acquitted themselves well. Orla Williams proved her great recent training form to come home second on the first leg with a time of 10.17. This was the fourth fastest time of the whole race. Alicia Bushell (11.14) and Jinaan Lockwood (11.05) completed the A team that finished an excellent 11th from 45 complete teams. The B team also did well with Laura Williams (11.38), Abbie Henderson (10.51) and Holly Henderson (11.14) coming home in 16th place. Carys Arnold ran 11.42 in an incomplete C team.
The Under 13 boys also had two teams out. The A team of Teague Eaton (10.13), Zach Rahaman (10.31), Cormac Nisbet (10.16) and Matt Aldred (10.55) were 13th from 35 complete teams. The B team were 21st thanks to Harry Vintner (10.12), James Watson (11.08), Bailey Cameron (10.55) and William Shield (11.24).
In the Under 17 age group the women’s A team featured good efforts from Scarlett Wager Leigh (10.29), Robyn Watkins (10.41) and Sandie Pohlman (11.27) to be 13th from the 34 complete teams. The B team of Jess Orr (11.26), Mimi Houlihan-Burne (11.47) and Orla Fawcett (10.55) also did well, coming 22nd.
The Under 17 men were 18th from 23 teams with good efforts on the longer 4.5k circuit from Adam Day (15.38), Harry Cox (16.04), Will Brown (16.45) and George Brown (18.20). Oliver Jackson ran well on leg 1 to record 16.46 on the incomplete B team.
Chiltern’s senior men had not taken part in the Southern relays since 2009, but this year managed two full teams, partly thanks to some new Under 20s who helped swell the ranks. The A team finished 30th from 59 complete teams, a good effort in very high class company. James McCarthy led off well with 18.16 on the 6k course and was backed up by Will Perkin (19.55), Richard Slade (20.12), George Gillingwater (21.07), Sam Howell (20.38) and Peter Gould (20.18). The B team comprised Andy Hickman (22.13), Rob Hall (21.56), Andrew Stewart (24.57), James Repper (20.41), Trevor Brawn (29.06) and Nick Marsh (23.21).