After great results at the Southern Championships in January it was always looking possible for some teams to be competitive on the national stage, and team silvers for the U13 girls, bronzes for the U13 boys and fourth place for the U15 boys were superb efforts in this highest level of inter-club races.
U13 girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_w51Qz3pp4
U13 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZZZNbvKMjo
U15 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teC3Rvn7UHo
The Under 15 boys were the first of the Chiltern teams in action on a long and gently undulating course in the picturesque grounds of Woollaton Hall that featured some very muddy sections. Angus Williams finished an excellent 23rd from the field of 379 finishers and the scoring was completed with very good runs from Alex Aldred (55th), Thomas Job (84th) and Tommy Davies (94th). Edward Watson also had a good run to be 165th. The boys’ fourth place from 36 teams was a great performance.
The next race was the U13 girls, and with only four starters, the Chiltern team had no room for an off-day. After winning the Southern Championships three weeks earlier, the girls were optimistic of a podium place. Orla Williams kept up her great winter form to be eighth, with Holly Henderson in 21st, Abbie Henderson 22nd, and Alicia Bushell 94th. The team score of 145 was well behind winners Blackheath and Bromley AC, but well ahead of third placed Wreake and Soar Valley AC. A massive field of 467 completed the race and there were 52 complete teams. Second place is the best ever result for a female Chiltern team in the National.
The Under 13 boys were late on in the programme but the boys ran with passion and had six in the top 90. This squad has grown in number through the season and each athlete has grown in confidence. The team total of 170 was enough to hold off mighty Tonbridge AC who were fourth. Woody Jackson 26th, Nathan Hackley 40th, Matt Aldred 49th and Louis Peterson 55th were the scorers in a field of 458. The strength in depth of the Chiltern squad was shown by Cormac Nisbet (78th), Tom Emery (84th) and Zach Rahaman (211th) all being well inside the top half of the field. There were 48 complete teams.
Also taking part in the other age groups were Hannah Morton who had a good run to be 46th in the Junior women’s race, and Will Brown (163rd) and George Brown (261st) in the U17 men’s event.
In the Senior men’s race of nearly 1700 finishers George Gillingwater was 731st, David Breingan 1058th and Nick Marsh 1456th.