In races that featured over 100 teams from the best running clubs around the country, all four age group ‘A’ teams came in the top ten with bronze medals for the Under 15 boys being the highlight.
Under 13 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_UjTcbpjEE
Under 13 Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0LQqzMr0xA
Under 15 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6TjT5ETP2U
Under 15 Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aBnZKdcVTw
Under 17 Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kppCekO3Wng
After heavy overnight rain, in mild, drying conditions the teams tackled an undulating 2k circuit, the first leg about 50m shorter than the others due to the position of the start.
The first age group to feature a Chiltern presence was the Under 13 boys. Chiltern had three full teams in action and on the tough first leg Woody Jackson (7.20) brought the A team in 31st, Laurie Gawne (7.22) the B team in 36th, and Nathan Sweeney (7.44) the C team in 64th. Great inroads were made in the second leg with Thomas Redmond (7.19) bringing the A team up to 12th, Matt Aldred having a superb run to move the B team to 8th, and debutant Max Baxter (8.02) moving the C team to 51st.
In-form Cormac Nisbet (7.03) ran a great final leg to have the A team finish in 4th, just running out of course to collect a medal. Mac’s time was the second fastest of all the 2nd and 3rd lap times. Tom Emery’s 7.30 was enough for 11th, ensuring Chiltern had the best placed B team, and Jamie Powell with 8.39 finished off the C team. There were 97 complete teams.
The Under 13 girls also had a great day, replicating the boys fourth place. Again they came from behind. Holly Henderson ran 7.42 on the first leg to come in 13th. Rosa Williams (8.15) moved the team up to 10th and Abbie Henderson had a storming run of 7.43 to bring the team home. Abbie had the fifth fastest time of the day. There were 104 complete teams. Frankie Baxter had an excellent U13 debut to run 7.39 on the first leg in an incomplete B team.
The Under 17s were missing a runner but, on an extended 3k route, Oliver Jackson with 10.13 and Cameron Hathaway-Enright with 11.05 both had good runs.
The Under 15 girls had a pleasing result finishing an excellent tenth from the 101 teams. Orla Williams got the team off to a great start coming home in 13th place in 7.23. Jane Williamson moved the team up to fifth with 7.42 and Ella Peters had a very good run to record 7.59 for leg three and a final placing of tenth.
The last race featuring Chiltern runners was the Under 15 boys. Newcomer this season Alex Johnson braved the tough first leg and came home in 42nd place with a leg of 7.03. Alex Aldred continued his great season, moving the team up to 8th with a time of 6.35. Angus Williams was able to keep the momentum, running 6.38 to move up to third from 106 complete teams. Alex and Angus ran the third and fifth fastest times of the race. Jamie Carruthers ran well with 7.21 in an incomplete B team.
The club has seen excellent results from the age group teams in the autumn relays, and hopes are high that further medals can be achieved in the Buckinghamshire, Southern, and National Cross Country Championships after Christmas.