The club were second on the day and nearly caught rivals Bedford and County for second place overall, the final scores being 15,939 to 15,884.
There was also considerable individual success. League wins went to Orla Williams (U13 girls), Oakley Denson (U11 boys), Bex Nkoane (Vet 35 women), and Nick Hughes (Vet 40 men). Other medals went to Frankie Baxter (silver U11 girls), Rosa Williams (bronze U11 girls), Abbie Henderson (silver U13 girls), Holly Henderson (bronze U13 girls), Robyn Watkins (silver U17 women), Kate Loach (silver Vet 55 women), Nathan Hackley (silver U13 boys), and Woody Jackson (bronze U13 boys).
The first four races were again a great advert for the club with four consecutive team wins and individual winners. Frankie Baxter took her second league win in the U11 girls and was followed in by Rosa Williams in third and Lesedi Nkoane in fourth. This sealed a fifth straight win and a comfortable league victory overall. Also running well in a strong team were Hannah Ashby (5th), Ella Botha (6th), Ellie Shield (10th) and Maddie Hughes (18th).
The Under 11 boys have got progressively more impressive through the season and Oakley Denson won his fourth straight race to win the overall league title. He was backed up by Max Baxter in third and Jamie Powell in sixth. Also running well were Leon Doran in 7th, and Alfie Clifford 9th . The boys’ overall league win was the club’s ninth consecutive title in this age group.
The U13s have been no less dominant this season and the girls were led home by individual league gold medallist Orla Williams. Holly Henderson in third, Abbie Henderson in fourth and Katie Repper in 10th ensured a fifth team win and a big league victory. The league podium was all green with Orla (gold), Abbie (silver), and Holly (bronze). Alicia Bushell was fourth overall and Katie Repper 12th.
Despite leading the race the wrong way, Woody Jackson continued his great run of form to seal the win. Nathan Hackley in third, Cormac Nisbet in fourth and Tom Emery in sixth ensured a win on the day and overall team gold. A strong team also featured Matt Aldred 7th, Louis Peterson 9th, and Zach Rahaman 21st. Overall Nathan won silver, Woody bronze and Cormac was fourth. Matt Aldred was 7th, Tom Emery 10th, and Louis Peterson 12th.
The Under 15 girls had a sound foursome out. Jane Williamson had yet another good run to be fifth but she just missed out on an overall medal by one point. Finishing the scoring team were Ella Peters (14th), Millie Hughes (21st) and Beth Welham (24th). A small squad in this age group worked hard all season and bronze medals were a just reward.
Chiltern’s Under 15 boys are a large and talented group and league golds would have been possible without a schools competition taking athletes away for two matches. However, the race on Saturday saw a win on the day consolidate second overall. Alex Aldred had a great run to be third and the scoring was completed by Tommy Davies (5th), Thomas Job (7th) and Cameron Reid (12th), Ed Watson had a good run to be 13th and Rhys Arnold to be 20th. Highest placed runner overall was Tom Job in fourth with Matt Clifford 18th.
The Junior Women were led in by Robyn Watkins in third who won silver overall. Hannah Thear in 10th and Jess Orr in 17th scored enough for third on the day and bronze overall. Lizzie Barraclough made a welcome return to league action to be 20th with Rachel Padwick 31st. The girls won bronze overall.
The Under 17 men have also had a solid season and Saturday’s foursome of Harry Cox (4th), Will Brown (6th), George Brown (21st) and Seb Mills (22nd) were third confirming team bronze for the season. Will Brown was highest placed individual overall in fifth.
The Senior women had a good scoring six out, with Bex Nkoane completing a great season in fifth place and cementing her gold medal as leading Vet 35. Other scorers were Louise Durman (6th), Mairead O’Rourke (14th), Susan Jarman (34th), Kate Loach (36th), and Lisa Taylor (42nd). The Seniors were third to give overall silver, and the Vets quartet of Bex, Mairead, Susan and Kate won the match and are also overall silver medal winners.
The Senior men were bolstered by the return of Allan Stewart who scored highly in 11th. Nick Hughes completed a great season with 14th place, confirming him as gold medallist in the Vet 40 age group. Other scorers were Richard Slade (23rd), James Repper (48th), Sam Howell (53rd), Rob Hall (57th), George Gillingwater (58th), Andrew Wiseall (95th), Neil Brown (105th) and Richard Clark (110th).
The Vets foursome of Nick, James, Andy Hickman and Hywel Thomas were third and the Vets won bronze overall. The U20s trio of Richard Slade, Sam Howell and Rob Hall were second and were just overhauled by Milton Keynes for overall gold. Will Perkin, who was missing with illness, was fourth overall and Richard Slade seventh.
This has been Chiltern’s best season in the league and several runners will be representing Buckinghamshire or Bucks Schools in the Inter Counties races that wrap up the cross country season.
We'll be celebrating the Club's success at the Chiltern League at the annual social event and Awards Evening, taking place 6 May at Amersham & Chiltern Rugby Club.