A total of 24 young Chiltern athletes tackled fairy flat, hard-surfaced courses that provided good conditions for fast running. Most were running for Buckinghamshire, but three were wearing the orange of Hertfordshire.
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In a top quality field in the Under 13 girls race Holly Henderson was fourth, Abbie Henderson fifth, Frankie Baxter, making her county debut, 11th and Sonja De Koning (Milton Keynes AC) 23rd to win the title for Buckinghamshire. This is quite an achievement against some of the strongest counties in the country. Also running well for Bucks in a large field of 113 runners were Hannah Ashby (40th and fifth Bucks finisher) and Ella Botha (52nd and seventh Bucks finisher).
The Under 13 boys Bucks team were an excellent third with, again, the top three scorers being Chiltern athletes. Thomas Redmond was 12th, Matt Aldred 13 and Woody Jackson 21st. Wycombe Phoenix’s Rollo Parry completed the scoring in 26th. Other Chiltern athletes completing the team were Tom Emery (44th and fifth Bucks finisher), Laurie Gawne (52nd and sixth Bucks finisher) and Nathan Sweeney (77th and seventh Bucks finisher). There were 113 finishers.
There were four Chiltern girls in the Bucks U15 Girls team and one in the Herts team. Orla Williams led home the Bucks team in a very good 12th place, whilst Jane Williamson was first Herts girl in 16th. Alicia Bushell was second Bucks scorer in 46th with Ella Peters close behind, third scorer in 50th. Olivia Cameron had breathing problems but managed to finish in 107th, from 119 finishers.
The high quality from Chiltern runners continued with Angus Williams, fifth in the U15 boys race, and Alex Aldred, ninth. Alex Johnson made his county debut to be fifth Bucks finisher in 53rd, and Rhys Arnold was sixth Bucks finisher in 74th. The Bucks team was fifth. Nathan Hackley got a late call-up for the Middlesex team but had to drop-out due to injury.
Tommy Davies was fourth scorer in the Bucks U17 team that came tenth. Tommy’s 50th place was a creditable effort in a high-quality race.
At time of writing the U17 and U20 women’s race results were not available – update to come. Hannah Thear, Sophie Morton and Emily Bannister were all involved.