The highlight were silver medals for the U13 girls team but most age groups A teams finished in the top ten. Conditions were poor with heavy rain and several substantial puddles to negotiate on the fast 3.1k circuit of Crystal Palace Park. The start and finish area was in the Crystal Palace athletics track which made for a good atmosphere.
The U13 Boys A team was made up of first years, so they did very well to finish in eighth place from the 44 complete teams. Leon Doran (11.32) led off, followed by Max Baxter (11.52), Euan Pinder (11.47) and Rowan Gawne (12.01). The B and C teams also did well, coming 24th and 29th respectively. The B team consisted of Archie Pinder (12.18), Alfie Clifford (12.18), Alden Collier (12.28) and Sammy Bennetts (12.40) and the C’s were Jamie Powell (12.41), Oakley Denson (12.01), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (12.28) and James Van Der Zwart (13.35).
The Under 15 Girls performed excellently with the A team fifth and the B team twelfth from 67 teams. For the A team Abbie Henderson (11.35) led off and Holly Henderson (11.53) move the team up to second. Orla Williams (11.46) struggled with a stitch but held on for fifth. The B team of Alice Brown (11.58), Alicia Bushell (12.00) and Jinaan Lockwood (12.28) showed the strength in depth the club have in this age group this year.
The Under 15 boys fielded two teams, with lots of inexperienced athletes. So the A team finish of 13th and B team placing of 21st from 42 teams was impressive. For the A team Louis Peterson ran excellently for fifth on leg 1 in 10.16. Finn O’Brien (11.10), Charlie Stone (11.15) and Matt Aldred (11.31) completed the team. The B team was made up of Jamie Carruthers (11.09), Woody Jackson (11.24), Ben Jackson (11.11) and Laurie Gawne (11.28).
The Under 17 Men have a good squad this year and the A team finished fifth, the best performance the club have achieved in this competition. The U17 Men ran a much longer 4.8k course than the younger age groups. Alex Aldred (15.55), Tommy Davies (5.58), Cameron Reid (16.38) and Angus Williams (16.27) made up the team. The B team of Alex Johnson (16.18), Tom Hunter (18.10), Matt Clifford (17.55) and Thomas Job (19.10) were 28th. An incomplete Clean team featured Cam Hathaway-Enright (19.10) and Joe Day (21.18). Soraya Lockwood Ran 13.01 as a solo U17 Woman on the 3.1k course.
The National Road Relay Championships are in Sutton Coldfield in two weeks and the Chiltern youngsters will be hoping for more good runs.