In cold conditions under blue skies at Keysoe Equestrian Centre near Bedford, the Chiltern runners achieved third place, and there were many excellent individual and team performances amongst the races
Chiltern’s U11s and U13s show great potential and the first four races saw Chiltern team victories, an excellent effort.
In the Under 11 Girls race that commenced the programme, Frankie Baxter just held on for her first Chiltern League win after leading all race. Maddie Hughes was fifth and Lesedi Nkoane had her best race of the season to complete the scoring in sixth. Ella Both in eighth and Ellie Shield in tenth also had great runs. The team have a good lead in the league.
Oakley Denson won his third consecutive league match in the U11 Boys. He was backed up by Alfie Clifford in third and Jamie Powell in sixth, both of whom had their best ever races. Max Baxter in tenth, Sammy Bennetts in 17th and John Broadis in 27th also ran well. The boys now have a 20-point lead going into the final match.
Orla Williams was back on form, winning the Under 13 girls race convincingly. The other scorers were Abbie Henderson in second, Holly Henderson fourth, and Alicia Bushell in sixth. Laura Williams in eighth, Katie Repper in 12th, Carys Arnold in 24th and Jinaan Lockwood in 28th also had good runs. The girls have a strong lead with one match left.
The Chiltern U13 Boys had another very strong outing with Woody Jackson winning his first Chiltern League race. He was backed up by Cormac Nisbet in third, Nathan Hackley in sixth and Louis Peterson in eighth. There were also good efforts from Tom Emery in ninth, Matt Aldred in 12th and Zach Rahaman in 15th. Also toeing the line were Luke Martin (37th), Gabriel Baker (43rd), and Raphael Baker (49th).
In the competitive U15 Girls age group, the Chiltern contingent did well with Jane Williamson leading the way in sixth. Olivia Cameron in 15th, Soraya Lockwood in 18th, and Emily Alderson in 22nd completed the scoring, with Millie Hughes doing well for 24th. The girls lie third.
The Under 15 Boys made it the fifth team win of the day with a typical display of strong packing. Angus Williams was third and backed up by Alex Aldred in sixth, Tommy Davies in seventh, and Cameron Reid in eighth. Edward Watson was 12th and Thomas Job 14th. Rhys Arnold was 23rd, Cameron Hathaway-Enright 28th, Matt Clifford 34th , Louis Hunt 36th, Ben Howell 37th,and Joe Day 50th. The boys are second overall, unlikely to make up a 92-point deficit.
Robyn Watkins led the Junior Women home in fifth and Emily Bannister in 19th and Sandie Pohlman 29th completed the scoring. Mimi Houlihan-Burne was just behind in 31st. The girls were fourth, but are third overall.
Another solid display from the U17 Men kept them in the medal reckoning. Will Brown was ninth, Oliver Jackson 13th, Jake Alderson 15th and Mike Day 18th and the team were third, keeping third place overall. George Brown also ran to be 24th.
The Senior Women had a good team out and Bex Nkoane had another great run to be fifth. The scoring was completed by Louise Durman in eighth, Ellie Bates 17th, Kate Loach 35th, Tessa Passey 48th, and Fiona Williams 68th . The team were third on the day and narrowly hold onto second spot overall. The Veteran women’s foursome of Bex, Kate, Tessa and Fiona were third on the day and the Vet team are second league-to-date.
Other ladies taking part were Barbara Ralph (72nd), Tamsin Finch (82nd), Miriam Kempson (86th), and Fiona Calder (101st).
Chiltern’s Senior Men continue to maintain a good points total each match. On Saturday U20 Will Perkin had his best run of the season to be seventh with leading Vet Nick Hughes just behind in tenth. The remaining scorers were Richard Slade 33rd, James Repper 45th, George Gillingwater 56th, Alastair Melville-Smith 73rd, Rob Hall 89th, Simon Brown 94th, Andrew Wiseall 103rd, and Neil Brown 117th.
Also taking part in a large turnout were Andy Hickman (120th), Thomas Powell (128th), Mike Worsfold (134th), Neil Bates (136th), Jon Taylor (138th), Toby Smith (142nd), David Breingan (144th), Hugh Beedell (146th), Nick Marsh (169th), Glen Martin (182nd), Steve Field (204th), Trevor Brawn (210th), and Martyn Cartwright (215th).
The Senior Men were fifth on Saturday and are fifth overall. The Vets were narrowly second on Saturday and are third league-to-date. The U20 men were third on the day but still hold a small lead with one match left.
The final match of the season is at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on February 11th.