Chiltern Harriers had nine athletes taking part, eight for Buckinghamshire Schools, one for Berkshire Schools, and all acquitted themselves well.
Joe Eggleton, a first year Intermediate Boy, ran well in his 200m heat to win in a PB of 22.24, to qualify for the semi-final, early on Saturday. The 800m heats occurred mid-afternoon and Alex Aldred was first up in the Junior Boys 800m. Brutal qualifying standards meant only the winner of each of the four heats and four fastest losers would go though. Alex’s heat was fast and he ran a new PB of 2.02.92 to be fourth. Thomas Job was up in Heat 4 and ran well to be fifth in 2.06.29. After all heats had been run it was confirmed that Alex had made the final as third fastest loser.
Robyn Watkins, running for Berkshire Schools in the Intermediate Girls 800m heats, was in a very fast heat and did well to be sixth in 2.20.06. Finally Cameron Reid was involved in the Intermediate Boys 800m heats, with again only the winner guaranteed a final place. Cam was also up against the UK’s leading U15 800m athlete. Cam ran very well to go under two minutes for only the second time to be sixth in 1.58.69.
Lily Holt took centre stage on Saturday in the Junior Girls high jump. In a huge field of 21, Lily cleared 1.57 to end up 14th. Whilst Lily was jumping, Joe Eggleton was fourth in his 200m semi-final in another PB of 22.21, to qualify for the final later in the day.
At lunchtime Angus Williams spent a spell in the lead of a tactical Junior Boys 1500m final and ended up a creditable seventh in 4.12.92, after a strong last 100m. Joe Eggleton completed his excellent weekend with seventh place in the 200m final in 22.60. Will Perkin was in a very tactical Senior Boys 1500m final and just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in 4.01.23, his best position in this, his last of five appearances at the Championships.
Alex Aldred was the last Chiltern athlete competing, in the Junior Boys 800m final, and at the bell a tactical affair exploded with Alex ending up an excellent fifth in 2.03.59.
The athletes all enjoyed their competition in the Championships, the pinnacle of athletic achievement for school-age athletes.