In grey, drizzly conditions four of the five age group A teams came in the top ten with both U13 teams winning silver medals. Frankie Baxter and Thomas Redmond were both in the fastest three lap times in their respective age groups. It was the best set of results that the club has posted in this prestigious early season competition.
Straight after the boys the Under 13 Girls were underway and Frankie Baxter confirmed her good early season form, coming home in second place on leg 1 in a sizzling 14.09 (this was the third fastest leg of the race as a whole). Ella Botha took the lead on leg 2 with 14.52 and Lesedi Nkoane held onto second on leg 3 with 14.40. The girls combined time of 43.41 was comfortably the best ever in this age group by a Chiltern trio. The B team gained good experience with Maddie Hughes (15.23), Ellie Shield (16.46) and Savarnah Pandya (18.02) coming 34th from 46 teams.
Next up were the Under 15 Girls who had run well to finish fifth at the Southern Relays in September. This time Orla Williams took on the first leg and ran well for twelfth place in 14.17. Holly Henderson (14.41) moved up to fourth and Abbie Henderson (14.33) consolidated that position. There were 61 complete teams and an incomplete B tam of Alice Brown (15.48) and Jinaan Lockwood (15.48) both had solid runs.
The Under 15 Boys feature a large but inexperienced squad this year. The A team of Finn O’Brien (13.52), Nathan Hackley (13.03) and Louis Peterson (13.06) ran very well to finish 13th from the 68 teams. The B team of Charlie Stone (14.08), James Watson (14.00), and Jamie Carruthers (14.11) did well for 38th and Laurie Gawne (14.12) and Matt Aldred (14.26) ran in an incomplete C team.
The final Chiltern interest of the day came in the Under 17 Men’s race. The A team ran very well for ninth, out of 58 teams. Angus Williams led off with a good run of 12.10 for eighth place. Alex Johnson ran 12.35 to come in ninth and Tommy Davies (12.29) held this. The incomplete B team featured Cameron Reid (12.57) and Ed Watson (14.17).