In a closely fought match between eight clubs, Chiltern finished in a creditable third place. There were some excellent performances and several younger athletes did a great job making their league debuts.
There were A string wins for Carys Arnold (U13 Girls javelin), Nathan Hackley (U13 Boys 800m), Cameron Reid (U15 Boys 800m), and the U15 Boys 4 x 300m team; and B string wins for Holly Henderson (U13 Girls 800m), Thomas Job (U15 Boys 800m) and Harry Russell (U15 Boys shot).
The Under 13 girls contained many Year 6 athletes making their league debuts. Eleanor Mayhew shone with second in A string 75m (11.03) and 150m (PB of 22.03) and third in long jump (PB of 3.89m). Abbie Henderson was second in the A string 800m with a PB of 2.40.41 and she and twin Holly took care of the shot competition. Holly also ran a PB (2.47.13) to win the B string 800m impressively.
In addition to her javelin win (a PB of 15.72m), Carys Arnold did well in B string long jump (3.48m) and 1200m. There were also good efforts from Tara Offside in the sprints, Charlotte Hilton in non-scoring 800m and relay, Alicia Bushell in the hurdles, and Jinaan Lockwood in the 1200m (PB of 4.25.90). Most girls gained PBs in their events.
Under 15 girls
The U15 girls saw Lily Holt second in A string high jump (1.40m) and 75m hurdles (PB of 13.84). In the sprints Katie Dyer, Lucia Gonzalez Bohr, Mehma Bhandal and Isobel Swann worked hard. Soraya Lockwood gained PBs in 300m and 800m (48.07 and 2.35.65 respectively) and Millie Hughes, Olivia Cameron and Alice Moffat covered the other middle distance races. In the field Imogen Sharkey did well in the throws with PBs in shot, discus and javelin, and Olivia Scarles did very well across a diverse range of events with PBs in javelin (18.87m) and long jump (4.32m). Holly Martin gained a big PB in the long jump of 4.40m as well as contributing in the high jump.
Under 13 Boys
Nathan Hackley stormed into the national top ten for U13 Boys 800m with a great run of 2.21.92. Matt Aldred gained a PB in the B string (2.40.00) to be third. Cormac Nisbet and Zach Rahaman were second in A and B string 1500m respectively with PBs of 5.10.45 and 5.12.20, and James Spicer led the way in the sprints. Other good efforts came from Harry Vintner, Woody Jackson, William Mayhew, Bailey Cameron, and William Shield.
Under 15 boys
Chiltern’s U15 Boys are a solid outfit with plenty of talent, work ethic and experience. The highlight was a double 800m win for Cameron Reid and Thomas Job with great times of 2.09 and 2.22 respectively. Alex Aldred and Tom Hunter also ran well in the 1500m, second in A string and B string respectively. There was a big PB of 4.46.03 for Alex, and Felix Hale, Alex Burn, and Harry Russell all scored well in the sprints, Harry gaining a new 300m PB of 42.11.
Kristian Everiss, Phoenix Everiss and Alex Burn did well in the throws with Kristian gaining a javelin PB of 30.88m, Phoenix a javelin PB of 26.96m and Alex logging a new best of 19.74m in the discus. Harry Brandon scored well in the high jump. Sam Turner-O’Toole had a great debut with fourth in the A string 80m hurdles (PB of 13.51) and shot (PB of 9.91m) and third in the long jump (5.08m). The 4 x 100m relay squad of Ollie Ayres, Louis Greenaway, Harry Brandon and Felix Hale ran well for fourth in 52.99. The meeting came to a satisfying conclusion for the Chiltern team with the 4 x 300m quartet of Cameron Reid, Harry Russell, Alex Aldred and Alex Burn storming to victory in a great time of 2.54.92.
The next match is at Bedford on May 21st and the league looks to be an exciting one with several evenly matched teams.