Twenty-eight Chiltern Harriers were taking part, running for their counties in this most prestigious of the end of season national cross country events.
The second race featured the Under 13 Boys. After a Chiltern Harriers win in the National Championships two weeks ago, it was thought that the Bucks team, mostly Chiltern athletes, could feature highly. And so it resulted with the Bucks team finishing in an excellent fourth from 42 complete county teams. Leading the team home was first year Thomas Redmond, finishing in 11th place from 309. Completing the team were Woody Jackson 27th, Tom Emery 38th and Matt Aldred 42nd. Also in the top 100 were Chiltern’s two other runners, Cormac Nisbet in 95th and Laurie Gawne in 96th.
Angus Williams was in eighth in the Under 15 Boys race with about 600m to go, but had to drop out with a recurrence of a hip problem. Alex Aldred came home as first Bucks scorer in 21st. Alex Johnson was second home in 67th and Matt Clifford was 218th and sixth Bucks finisher in his first county event.
Sophie Morton was the sole Chiltern representation in the Under 17 Women’s race, coming in 114th and third Herts scorer despite losing a shoe in the mud early on.
Next was the Under 13 Girls race and, as with the boys, a Chiltern National win gave hope for a high place for Bucks. The girls ended up fifth from 42, a great result. Abbie Henderson rounded off her superb career as an U13 with her best ever run, finishing an excellent sixth. Close behind in 13th was twin sister Holly. The team was rounded off with Lesedi Nkoane in 49th and Alice Brown in 75th. Also having good runs were Ella Botha in 94th, Frankie Baxter in 95th and Rosa Williams in 108th.
Tommy Davies ran for well in the U17 Men’s race, coming 121st and being third Bucks scorer.
The final event featuring Chiltern interest was the Under 15 Girls. Orla Williams continued her very good recent form with tenth place, the first Bucks girl home. Ella Peters was the second Bucks scorer in 84th, but Olivia Cameron (asthma), and Alicia Bushell (spiked after losing a shoe) weren’t able to complete the race. Jane Williamson was the fourth scorer, in 69th, of the Herts team that finished fourth. Bucks were 19th.