The event is the most prestigious cross country event in the calendar, and for the Seniors and U20s, acts as a selection race for the GB teams to run in the World Cross Country Championships in a few weeks.
Richard Slade was the first Chiltern runner in action, finishing a creditable 69th in the U20 men’s race and third Buckinghamshire scorer.
Next up were the U13 boys who had a drama-filled race. Louis Peterson lost a shoe at the start and had to stop and Woody Jackson stopped with a bad stitch. The other three Chiltern runners in the Bucks team were the first three scorers though, with Cormac Nisbet 64th, Matt Aldred 67th and Tom Emery 109th. Nathan Hackley had a good run to be second Middlesex scorer in 57th. The Bucks team were 15th.
The Bucks U15 boys team featured four Chiltern athletes and Alex Aldred continued his good run of form to be second scorer in 52nd. Ben Smith was fifth finisher in 63rd, Thomas Job, who was spiked near the start, 109th, and Tommy Davies 155th. The Bucks team were sixth.
Robyn Watkins and Jess Orr both took part for Bucks in the U17 women’s race with Robyn second scorer in 133rd and Jess seventh finisher in 258th. Emily Bannister was sixth Herts finisher in 218th. Hannah Thear was next up in the U20 race and ran well to be second Bucks scorer in 107th.
Abbie and Holly Henderson continued their great seasons with 30th and 31st places in the U13 girls race, first and second Bucks scorers. Alicia Bushell also did well, fifth Bucks finisher in 110th.
For the U17 men Harry Cox, Will Brown and Ollie Jackson toed the line for Bucks. Harry was fourth Bucks scorer in 180th, Will not far behind in 188th, and Ollie, making his county cross country debut, was 230th.
In the Under 15 girls race Chiltern’s two participants were both in Hertfordshire colours. Jane Williamson ran well for 38th, and Emily Alderson was 254th.