There were individual wins for Abbie Henderson (U13 Girls), Cormac Nisbet (U13 Boys), Nick Hughes (Vet 40 men) and Bex Nkoane (Vet 35 Women). Other medals went to Holly Henderson (U13 Girls bronze), Woody Jackson (U13 Boys silver), Louis Peterson (U13 Boys bronze), Harry Cox (U17 Men silver), Richard Slade (U20 Men bronze), Robyn Watkins (U17 Women silver), Hannah Thear (U20 Women bronze), Nick Hughes (Senior Men silver), and Bex Nkoane (Senior Women silver).
There were team wins for the Under 13 Girls, Under 13 Boys, Under 15 Boys, and Veteran Men. The Under 15 Girls were second, Under 17 Men second, Junior Women third, Senior Men second, Senior Women second, and Veteran Women third.
The Championships took place under cloudy skies on a tough, hilly course at Stowe School alongside the Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire Championships.
The first race was the Under 13 Girls. Chiltern’s leading runner Orla Williams started the race but had to pull out due to illness. Abbie Henderson timed her effort up the final hill well to emerge as Bucks champion, with twin sister Holly not far behind in third. Laura Williams completed the scoring in fifth place and there were good runs from Alicia Bushell in eighth, Katie Repper 11th, Alice Brown 16th and Maddie Hughes 18th.
The Under 13 Boys tackled the same 3k course which features three substantial climbs. This race saw unexpected domination by Chiltern with an unprecedented 1-2-3-4 finish. Cormac Nisbet won the Bucks race, with Woody Jackson second, Louis Peterson third and Tom Emery fourth. The foursome were convincing team winners. There were also strong efforts from Matt Aldred in seventh, Zach Rahaman ninth, Thomas Askey 16th, Luke Martin 20th, and Will Mayhew 24th.
The Under 15 race saw an extra 1k loop at the start of their race, including a fourth ascent. Olivia Cameron in fifth, Soraya Lockwood sixth, and Ella Peters twelfth were the Chiltern scorers in the team that came second.
None of the Chiltern U15 boys were amongst the medals but great packing within the top twelve led to a team win. Ben Smith was fourth, Angus Williams fifth, Cameron Reid seventh and Thomas Job eighth to complete the scoring, but there were also excellent runs from Tommy Davies ninth, Alex Aldred tenth and Edward Watson eleventh. Also featuring in a big field of 38 were Rhys Arnold 19th, Cameron Hathaway-Enright 24th, and Matt Clifford 26th.
Both Under 17 men’s and Junior Women’s races were low on numbers. Harry Cox had his best race of the season to win silver and the team that finished narrowly second was completed by Will Brown fifth, Oliver Jackson sixth and George Brown ninth.
The Junior women were third and Robyn Watkins secured a silver medal in the U17 age group, Hannah Thear a bronze in the U20 age group. Robyn led the scorers in third overall and scoring was completed by Mimi Houlihan-Burne in eighth and Hannah Thear in tenth. Also coping with a tough 6k course involving a total of six climbs were Rachel Padwick 12th, Sandie Pohlman 14th, Jess Orr 15th and Eve Kopelman 17th.
Richard Slade was the sole Chiltern U20 in a race that featured no complete teams. Richard had an excellent run to be third.
The Senior Women’s team was a creditable second from seven teams. Bex Nkoane continued her great form to be second overall and first veteran. Ellie Bates in fifth and Kate Loach in 18th completed the scoring. The women’s veterans team of Kate Loach, Abigail Askey and Fiona Williams was third.
The Senior Men also did well to be second with Nick Hughes second overall and first Vet 40. The other scorers were Simon Beedell, James Repper, George Gillingwater, Peter Gould and Alastair Melville-Smith. Nick, James, Alastair, and Derek Brown were the winning veteran team.