A drizzly, overcast morning greeted the younger age groups. The courses for the youngsters are flat and fast, but the U17s and seniors have to cope with a tough muddy climb at the end of their circuit.
The U11Boys also completed a third win of the season, Callum Powell (2nd), Alex Hughes (3rd) and Danny Carruthers (5th) all running excellently.
The U13s have also dominated their divisions so far and Match 3 was no different. The U13 Girls race saw Lesedi Nkoane (2nd), Maddie Hughes (4th), Frankie Baxter (5th), and Marea Logan (7th) scoring, and Ella Botha (9th) was close behind. The girls have a good lead at the top of their division.
Thomas Redmond secured his second Division 1 win in the U13 Boys race and Tom was backed up by Max Baxter having his best race of the season to be second, Alden Collier fourth and Rowan Gawne ninth. Also running well in a strong squad were Euan Pinder (11th), Alfie Clifford (14th), Oakley Denson (15th), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (17th) and Archie Pinder (19th).
Abbie Henderson scored her first Chiltern League win as an U15, with twin Holly just behind in second. Alicia Bushell completed a Chiltern 1-2-3 and Orla Williams was fourth scorer in sixth. Also running well in an impressive Chiltern performance were Alice Brown in eighth and Katie Repper in tenth.
The U15 Boys are in a tight three-way battle with Bedford and Dacorum. Saturday saw the team second and they are third overall. Cormac Nisbet had his best race so far to be sixth and Finn O’Brien was just behind in seventh. Completing the scoring were Ben Jackson in 11th and Matt Aldred in 14th. Running well to pack the top-20 were Luke Martin (16th), Louis Peterson (17th), James Watson (19th) and Jamie Carruthers (20th).
The Junior Women had their strongest turnout of the season so far and achieved a creditable second place, moving up to fourth overall. Sophie Morton (7th), Ella Peters (10th) and Emily Alderson (17th) scored, with Soraya Lockwood (21st), Jess Orr (28th) and Millie Hughes (33rd) also contributing.
The U17 men’s race started well with Angus Williams, Alex Aldred and Alex Johnson packing well in third, fourth and fifth. However a fall for Alex Aldred led to him falling back to 11th, Alex Johnson was fourth over the line but collapsed with fatigue after finishing, and Angus Williams didn’t finish due to a back spasm. However the team still managed second place and retain the overall lead. Cameron Reid in 18th and Ed Watson in 22nd completed the scoring and Matt Clifford ran well for 24th.
The Senior Women kept points ticking over. Susan Jarman (23rd), Becky McCall (24th), Cathy Holloway (44th), Kirstie Elliott (53rd), Katie Royals (54th) and Abigail Askey (62nd) were the scorers that finished eighth (the team are fifth overall). The Vets quartet of Susan, Becky, Cathy and Kirstie were the Vet team winners and they extended their overall lead.
The Senior Men managed to be sixth despite missing some big scorers. Scoring were Nick Hughes (16th), Richard Slade (19th), Tom Dixon (46th), George Gillingwater (59th), Jon Taylor (83rd), Ben Hetherington (87th), Pablo Fuentes (104th), Andy Hickman (120th), Tom Powell (121st), and Matt Robins (126th). Nick again won the Vet 40 race and the vet team of Nick, Andy, Mike Worsfold and Paul McCarthy were 12th (11th overall). Richard was fifth Under 20.