Mark Hookway videos from Saturday.
Under 13 Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAuJ77_MdU
Under 13 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUWUMDkJqPM
Under 15 Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64GYuL3ii0E
Under 15 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10OmbQFqrH0
The Under 13 Boys were not to be outdone. The team has been successful for two years with many medals and trophies. The best was saved until last however with superb packing from the team. Matt Aldred had his best race of the season to be 25th and Thomas Redmond (28th), Woody Jackson (32nd) and Cormac Nisbet (39th) all battled hard to gain every last place. The strength of the squad was reinforced by having Tom Emery 45th and Laurie Gawne 49th. Younger runners gained good experience, and from a vast field of 570 finishers Jamie Powell was 170th, Max Baxter 294th, Rowan Gawne 296th, and Alfie Clifford 315th. The boys’ score of 124 points was well ahead of Aldershot on 162 and Sale on 207.
Orla Williams had a very strong run to be sixth in the Under 15 Girls race, the best individual Chiltern finish of the day. Ella Peters and Alicia Bushell who had both had bad falls at the Southern Champs in January did well here to be 60th and 75th respectively. Jane Williamson was disappointed to be 103rd, and at the finish, expectations were that the girls might have made the top six at best. However at the presentations it became clear that a total of 244 points had been enough for surprise silver medals. Jinaan Lockwood was the other Chiltern runner, 270th from 463.
Earlier Alex Aldred had a very good run in the Under 15 Boys race to be 16th from 504 finishers. The Chiltern team were depleted however with several absentees due to injury and illness, and Alex Johnson had to withdraw mid-race. Louis Peterson was second scorer in 97th with Finn O’Brien in 281st , Charlie Stone in 334th and Luke Martin in 339th gaining good experience.
In the Under 17 Boys race Tommy Davies (122nd), Ollie Jackson (172nd) and Cam Hathaway-Enright (338th) all gave good accounts on a tough 6k course. Will Brown was the sole Chiltern Junior Man in 181st, and Hannah Wardley (330th from 1113) and Peter Gould (349th from 2328) were the clubs representatives in the Senior races.