Good Evening Race Report fans! With this being cross-country league weekend, its quite a quiet Race Report though no less impressive in terms of achievement. Keep your eyes peeled on the Chiltern Harriers website for Steve Perkin’s report from Saturday’s Chiltern League.
Chiltern Harriers completed another good match at Keysoe, Bedford on Saturday . The club were third overall on the day and have just managed to hold onto second place with one match to go.
The weather was grey, dry and mild, and underfoot conditions were good with a firm surface. As always at Keysoe the watersplash made an exciting feature.
Happy New Year Race Report fans. I hope you had a wonderful festive period and enjoyed some nice uninterrupted running time. Chiltern Harriers AC had a frankly astounding day at the Bucks County Cross-Country Championships yesterday at Hughenden, taking first place in the U13 category (boys and girls), U15 (boys and girls), U17 (you see where I am going) and the Veteran Women. The senior men came second which was … you know … not bad. Fabulous running everyone. A full report will follow soon, but for the time being, take a look at the results here.
British Milers Club Grand Prix, Sheffield
Three Chiltern Harriers commenced their 2019 indoor seasons at the BMC Grand Prix at Sheffield on Sunday. In his first race for a year, after a 2018 blighted by illness, U23 Will Perkin ran in the 800m C race and ran a strong last lap to be second in a solid 1.56.6. Fellow U23 Sam Howell was in the D race and was seventh in 2.00.30. Senior James McCarthy won the 1500m B race in 3.53.13.
All will be running again this winter to build on these times.
London Games – U13, U15, U17.
A diverse pool of Chiltern athletes took part in the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley over the weekend.
Jo Snelling began her 2019 with 9.96 and 9.87 in her two attempts at 60m, and ran 34.29 in 200m.
Jemma Thomson powered to 8.65 and a PB of 8.49 in her 60m efforts and also bagged an indoor 200m PB of 28.37. Gabi Riley ran 9.18 and a PB of 9.16 in her 60m. Gabi was similarly consistent in her 60m hurdles with 10.72 and a PB of 10.71 and ran a 300m PB of 49.61.
Noah Hobson ran 8.75 and 8.95 in 60m, 29.87 in 200m and logged a 3.94m long jump, so three PBs. Adam Winstanley ran an encouraging indoor 300m PB of 41.60
Lily Holt had a great start to 2019 with a 1.65m high jump, winning the event by some distance. Lily also ran 9.52 and a PB of 9.43 for 60m hurdles. Daniela Grice tackled 60m flat and ran 8.70 (PB) and 8.74. Dani also ran an indoor PB of 28.85 for 200m.
James Spicer ran 7.55 and Finn Hobson 7.57 in their first 60m and then both ran 7.62 in their second. Finn went on to run 24.66 in 200m and achieve an impressive 5.62m in long jump. Rhys Arnold equalled his high jump PB with 1.70m.
At Greenford on Saturday Nathan Hackley had a good run to be fourth in the Middlesex Champs Under 15 boys race. Nathan led in the team for his second claim club Hillingdon AC that were second.
On Sunday Herts Cross Country Champs were at St Albans. The small number of Chiltern athletes taking part did well. Callum Powell ran strongly to be second in the Under 11 boys race.
In the Under 13 Boys race Chiltern had five athletes taking part. Leon Doran was ninth, Euan Pinder was tenth and Archie Pinder was fourteenth to take team silver. Jamie Powell struggled with knee pain to be 35th and John Broadis ran well but couldn’t be found in results.
Under 20 Sophie Morton completed the Chiltern interest in the day running well to be third.
Chiltern Harriers had an excellent day at the 2019 Buckinghamshire Cross Country Championships held at Hughenden Park, High Wycombe on Saturday.
In an unprecedented show of ability in the junior age groups the club won all six team prizes, across U13, U15 and U17s. There were also successes individually and amongst the Seniors and U20s.