Chiltern Harriers certainly hit the ground running for ‘back to school’, with a number of events taking place over the first weekend of September. Some short and some (very) long. However, before we even get to September and this weekend, a mention is definitely due to Simon Beedell who completed the OCC (or the baby sister of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) on Thursday 30 August. Simon tackled almost 35 miles and over 10,000(!) ft of elevation in 7.34.48.
Southern U15/U20 Inter Counties Championships
Several Chiltern Harriers were taking part for Buckinghamshire in the Southern U15/U20 Inter-Counties meeting at Oxford Horspath on Saturday.
In the U15 age Group James Spicer ended his season with a good run in the 200m. James was third in his heat in 24.93 and fourth in the final in 24.24. In the 300m Lewis Fee also got to the final after a PB in the heat of 38.87. The final saw Lewis eighth in 39.21 in a high quality field.
Also up against strong competition was Louis Peterson who was eighth in the 800m in 2.12.68. On the girls side Alice Brown ran in the 1500m and was seventh in 5.22.07. The only Chiltern presence in the small Bucks U20 team was Harry Cox who was third in his 800m heat in 2.04.87.
UK School Games
The UK School Games is a multi-sport event, held this year at Loughborough, in which competitors are selected to represent the home countries or English regions. In athletics this meant that teams competed from Northern Ireland, Scotland, England South, England North and England Midlands.
After a good run at English Schools, Cameron Reid was selected to take part in the 800m for England Midlands. Cam ran well in his last race at the end of a long season to be fourth in 2.00.70.
Four Chiltern Harriers took part in the National U15/U17 Track and Field Championships at Bedford at the weekend. Bar the English Schools Championships, this is the top level meeting of the season for athletes in these age groups, with tough qualifying standards required.
Those competing on Saturday had by far the best of the conditions. Angus Williams ran in a straight final of the U17 men’s 1500m and had a solid run to be eighth in 4.08.48. Alex Johnson ran in a heat of the U17 men’s 800m and had a good run, despite a couple of weeks away from training, to be sixth in 2.02.87.
Louis Peterson ran in the U15 boys 1500m heat and had a solid run to be eleventh in 4.37.37. On Sunday heavy rain and strong wind made for difficult conditions. Millie Hughes was making her debut in this level of competition and was 20th in the U17 women’s javelin with a throw of 24.51m.
Five Chiltern Harriers took part in the Southern U15/U17 Championships at Lee Valley this weekend, which this year included an U13 Championships for the first time.
Conditions were not ideal with cooler temperatures and some wind and rain to contend with. However, Cameron Reid and Angus Williams both won medals in the U17 age group – a good achievement at this high level.
Cameron ran in the 800m and won his heat on Saturday in 2.00.30. In the final on Sunday a fairly modest first lap of 62 seconds gave way to a hard sprint for the line and Cameron finished second in 1.59.59. Cam will compete for England Midlands in the School Games at Loughborough in a couple of weeks time.
Angus had a comfortable heat on Saturday, qualifying easily in 4.25.93. The final on Sunday saw a grey, drizzly day but Angus ran well to come third in a good time of 4.08.33.
In the U15 Age Group Orla Williams had a straight final on Saturday and was sixth in 4.54.97.
Taking advantage of the new U13 age group John Broadis took part in 100m and 200m time trials, and long jump. Up against top opposition John ran 14.95 and 30.35 in a big minus wind and jumped a good 4.37m. Rosa Williams ran 2.40.72 in 800m.
Five Chiltern Harriers contributed to the Buckinghamshire team at the prestigious Southern Inter Counties Under 13 Championships at Kingston on Saturday.
All five competed very well at this high level meeting that features thirteen of the strongest athletics counties in the south of England. The sun shone but windy conditions made PBs unlikely.
There were fourteen 1500m races at the latest Watford Open. Conditions were perfect with another still, warm evening.
Chiltern Harriers concluded their U13 and U15 league season at a sunny Croydon Sports Arena on Saturday.
There were several good performances in the YDL Lower Age Group match to enjoy and a few event wins.
Whilst football may not have managed to come all the way home this time around, Chiltern Harriers AC continued to bring home fabulous performances over the weekend.
An impressive number of Harriers were representing the county at the English National Schools Track & Field Championships in Birmingham on 13 and 14 July. Lily Holt equalled her outdoor high jump PB to come 6thoverall in the Intermediate Girls’ competition and Cameron Reid was 5thin Intermediate Boys’ 800m in a time of 1.57.23. There were also great performances from Angus Williams, Orla Williams, Alex Aldred, Joe Eggleton, James Spicer and Robyn Watkins. Look out for full reporting from Steve Perkin.
Seven Chiltern Harriers took part for Buckinghamshire Schools and one for Somerset Schools at the 88th English Schools Track and Field Championships at Birmingham on Friday and Saturday.
All acquitted themselves well and enjoyed taking part in this highpoint of the season. The weather stayed fine all weekend and conditions were very good.