The last weekend of January seemed to be a reasonably quiet one for Chiltern Harriers AC, with not too many events going on for the Club’s runners. Congratulations to all those who were taking part in the South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill. Full report to follow.
The past two weekends have seen the London Indoor Games - graded open meetings at Lee Valley’s indoor track. The 21st/22nd January was for U13s, U15s and U17s, and the 28th/29th January for U20s and Seniors.
Chiltern Harriers had a glittering day at the Southern Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields in London on Saturday.
In bright, mild conditions and on a relatively firm course, the club secured three team medals including a superb gold medal performance from the Under 13 girls.
At Black Park 18 Harriers braved the chilly temperatures on Saturday 21 January.
James McCarthy won his second medal in as many weeks with a silver in the Southern Indoors Championships Senior Men’s 800m on Sunday.
The previous weekend James had won bronze in the 1500m and was keen for more top level competition. James won his heat in 1.56.68 and in a close fought final was second in 1.55.49.
Also taking part in Chiltern colours were Adam Day and Seb Mills won both ran in the Under 20 800m races.
Although not progressing beyond the heats, both gained valuable experience, Adam running 2.04.88 and Seb 2.13.51.
The fourth Chiltern League Cross Country fixture of the season saw another great effort from Chiltern Harriers across the age groups. The club were third on the day and are now comfortably third with one match left. There were 91 Harriers taking part.
In cold conditions under blue skies at Keysoe Equestrian Centre near Bedford, the Chiltern runners achieved third place, and there were many excellent individual and team performances amongst the races
Chiltern Harriers had their first cross country club championships within the fourth Chiltern League match at Keysoe on Saturday.
Team managers awarded medals at the club tent at the end of each race and the event made for good club rivalry within each Chiltern League age group.
We had a total of 18 Athletes running at various local parkrun events on Saturday 14 January.
The quickest runner of the day was Nathan Taylor, 4th at Aylesbury in 19:23.
Yesterday, Saturday 7 January saw a great number of Chiltern Harriers athletes – junior and senior – achieving some fantastic results at the annual Buckinghamshire County Cross-Country championships, held on a challenging course at Stowe School. Look out for Steve Perkin’s report from the day. Meanwhile, you can find full results here.
Hertfordshire Cross Country Championships
There were several Chiltern Harriers taking part in the Hertfordshire Cross Country Championships at a wet and bleak Haileybury College on Sunday.
Photos from Mark Easton
Leon Doran and Jamie Powell both did well in the Under 11 race, finishing sixth and eighth respectively.
Ben Howell was 14th in the U15 Boys race and Sam Howell had a good run to be sixth in the U20 category.
On the female side Jane Williamson was silver medallist in the U15 Girls race with Emily Alderson in seventh. In the U17 women’s race Emily Bannister was seventh but an off-colour Scarlett Wager Leigh was twelfth.
In the U20 race Hannah Morton had a good run to win silver.
Middlesex Cross Country Championships
At Hillingdon House Farm on Saturday Nathan Hackley won the silver medal in the Under 13 Boys race. Nathan was competing for his second claim club, Hillingdon AC who emerged team winners in this age group.