The match also included Round Two of the British Cross Challenge series, so each race was supplemented by some of the strongest cross country athletes from around the UK.
The Under 11 Boys saw a Chiltern winner, but a different athlete from the first match with Callum Powell just holding out in a close finish. Alex Hughes, the winner of match 1, was narrowly behind in third and Gabriel Strutton-Smith closed the scoring in sixth. The boys logged their second win of the campaign. Danny Carruthers also had a good run to be 11th.
The U13 Girls also recorded win number two. Lesedi Nkoane was second, Marea Logan having her best ever run to be fifth, Maddie Hughes seventh and Frankie Baxter tenth. Roxy McLellan in 21st and Savarnah Pandya in 24th also ran well.
The fourth win of the day came from the Under 13 boys. In-form Euan Pinder won the Division 1 race and was backed up by Max Baxter 11th, Alfie Clifford 13th and Archie Pinder 14th. Jamie Powell in 18th and Ethan McCall in 22nd were also well up.
Alicia Bushell led in the Chiltern Under 15 Girls in third place. Despite missing several athletes due to school commitments, the Chiltern girls worked hard to be fifth on the day and are second overall. Jinaan Lockwood in 18th, Olivia Conner in 27th and Sammi Grice in 40th completed the scoring.
Again due to schools races, just three Under 15 boys toed the line. Nathan Hackley had another good run to be third, Woody Jackson was 11th and Charlie Stone 22nd. These three achieved fourth place on the day and the boys are in second after two matches.
The trio of Soraya Lockwood 23rd, Emily Alderson 27th and Millie Hughes 32nd, were ninth in the Junior Women’s match and the girls are seventh overall.
The Under 17 Men were in a very congested race which involved both U17 and U20 Cross Challenge runners. For Chiltern League Division 1 Angus Williams was second, Tommy Davies 8th, Alex Aldred 12th and Matt Clifford 23rd and the quartet were second on the day but the team retain the league lead. Alex Johnson was running well but had to stop with chest pain.
The Seniors also had a solid day. The men packed well to be fifth and are third overall. Aran Davidson had his best ever league race to be 21st. Allan Stewart was 23rd and Nick Hughes (the leading Vet 40) 24th. Also scoring well were newcomers Sam Reed 54th and Oli Laband 55th. The remaining scorers were Tom Dixon (64th), George Gillingwater (88th), Jon Taylor (101st), Neil Bates (124th), and Nathan Taylor (147th). The Vets team of Nick, Nathan, Andy Hickman and Mike Worsfold were tenth and are ninth league-to-date.
The Senior Women had a big team out and were sixth, but the Vets team scored a second league win. The six scorers in the seniors were Becky McCall (26th), Susan Jarman (28th), Ali Young (30th), Sandra Reynolds (46th), Christine Burroughs (60th) and Cathy Holloway (67th). The Vets winning foursome were Becky, Susan, Ali and Sandra.
The next match at Luton on December 1st sees the juniors back to full strength so hopes are high that the club can consolidate second place.