Overnight frost had made the ground firm and quick but the hilly courses made for a challenging day for the runners
The Year 5/6 Girls race was won By Frankie Baxter from Lesedi Nkoane. These two were, predictably, a long way clear of Marea Logan in third. Lily Jessop-Tranter was fourth and the Year 5 winner with Olivia Clarke 12th and third Year 5. Katie Allsop was 24th and Marli Nkoane 30th from a total of 106 finishers.
Max Baxter was second in the Year 5/6 Boys race with Rowan Gawne fifth. Danny Carruthers was first Year 5 home in sixth place, Alex Hughes second in ninth. Also running well were Isaac Jessop-Tranter (8th), Alfie Clifford (11th), Ethan McCall (15th) and Charlie Ventress (25th).
The Minor Girls race saw Rosa Williams second, Hannah Ashby fourth, Maddie Hughes fifth, and Ellie Shield 11th, from 98.
Thomas Redmond won the Minor Boys race by forty seconds from Jamie Powell in second. Oakley Denson was twelfth.
Chiltern athletes from DCHS dominated the Junior Girls race with a 1,2,3 for Orla Williams, Abbie Henderson and Holly Henderson. Alice Brown had a great run to be fifth, Alicia Bushell was sixth and Jinaan Lockwood 14th.
The Junior Boys featured another Chiltern 1,2,3 with Louis Peterson first, Woody Jackson second and Cormac Nisbet third. Other Chiltern athletes ran well – Matt Aldred (7th), Tom Emery (8th), Laurie Gawne (9th), Ben Jackson (10th), Jamie Carruthers (12th), James Watson (13th), Finn O’Brien (22nd) and Will Shield (30th). 112 faced the starter.
The Inter Girls and Senior Girls raced together. Once results had been sorted Olivia Cameron was fifth in the Inters with Soraya Lockwood 11th and Millie Hughes 19th. For the Seniors Emily Bannister was third and Lizzie Barraclough seventh.
There was a similar arrangement with the older boys. Angus Williams had a very good run to be second overall and first Intermediate. Also in the Inters Alex Aldred was fourth, Tommy Davies sixth, Alex Johnson 12th. From 68 finishers Ed Watson was 22nd and Cam Hathaway-Enright 45th. In the Seniors, Ollie Jackson was third, Will Brown 9th, Mike Day 10th, and George Brown 19th.
A final total showed 38 Chiltern runners had been handed invitations to compete for Bucks Schools in the two National finals in March.