In stifling heat the Chiltern youngsters were never in the lead until the final stages and there were some superb performances to enjoy and, given the heat, a large number of PBs. Although everyone did well, the middle distance group did an amazing job to win 14 out of the 16 total races.
The final scores saw Chiltern on a season’s best total of 650.0 points with Harrow second on 612.5 and Wycombe third on 577.5
Abbie Henderson set a great new PB of 3.59.1 in winning the A string 1200m and Rosa Williams won the B string in a new best of 4.05.9. In the A string 800m Holly Henderson won the A string in a good time of 2.29.5, Ellie Shield made her debut in the B string with 2.53.5.
Serena Gueye had an amazing day, second in both 75m and 150m but in scorching times of 9.9 and 19.7 respectively. This puts Serena well into the top ten U13 female sprinters in the national rankings. Caitlin Gregory was second in A string shot and there were good efforts from Gabi Riley (hurdles, shot and long jump) and Jemma Thomson (75m, 150m and high jump). Ellie Shield and Maddie Hughes looked after javelin. The 4 x 100m relay team of Serena, Jemma, Rosa and Gabi ran a season’s best 58.6 to be sixth.
Under 13 Boys
There was a Chiltern double win in the 1500m courtesy of Matt Aldred and Tom Emery, who despite the heat, both ran PBs – 4.53.5 and 4.57.6 respectively. Woody Jackson was second in the A string 800m but Cormac Nisbet was a comfortable winner of the B string. Rex Vidal gained PBs of 13.0 and 26.8 in the A string 100 and 200m, and Adam Winstanley did the same in the B strings with 13.8 and 28.0.
Rex also did well in high jump, clearing 1.35m, with Tom Emery doing a good job in the B string with 1.25m. Saajan Jassy made a strong debut with 7.83m in the A string shot, 14.8 in B string hurdles and 13.6 in non-scoring 100m. Tom Emery did his usual good job over A string hurdles with 14.7. First years Jamie Powell and Thomas Redmond did well in long jump with Jamie also doing well in javelin. Thomas ran an impressive PB of 2.31.4 in non-scoring 800m.
Under 15 Girls
A large Chiltern contingent covered the bases well. There was another double 1500m win for Olivia Cameron (4.56.5) and Jane Williamson (4.57.5). Orla Williams, despite the heat ran a big PB of 2.21.9 to win the A string 800m and Jinaan Lockwood won the B string in a PB of 2.33.8.
Millie Hughes won A string javelin with 22.55m and Lily Gregory made a good debut winning the B string with 15.25m. Millie also won B string shot. Sade Wallace did a great job in A string hammer (fifth), discus (second) and shot (second – PB of 8.45m), and Lily Holt again scored great points winning A string 75m hurdles and high jump. Good efforts in the sprints came from Imogen Hunt Cooke, Freya Guneratne and Anna Bayles and Anna logged a new PB in the long jump of 4.24m. Mehma Bhandal did well to win B string discus with 13.94m in her debut at the event. Alicia Bushell and Erin Pitts both did well in non-scoring 800m and Abi Fountain ran a new PB of 14.6 in non-scoring 100m. The relays teams did well –the 4 x 100m quartet of Imogen, Lily, Mehma, and Freya ran 56.4 to be sixth and the 4 x 300m team of Orla, Erin, Jinaan and Laura achieved a season’s best 3.13.2 to be third.
Under 15 Boys
There were only ten Chiltern U15 boys but all did excellently. Angus Williams scorched to a PB of 2.02.9 (English Schools qualifying) in the 800m, with Tom Hunter winning the B string in a PB of 2.15.3. The 1500m also saw a double win from Alex Aldred (4.32.2) and Thomas Job (4.34.1). Louis Greenaway ran well in A string 100m (PB of 11.9) and 200m, and James Spicer did a great job in B string 200m (PB of 25.9), A string high jump and javelin.
Ollie Ayres ran well in B string hurdles and 100m (PB of 12.8), and was second in B string long jump. Chris Grint tackled A string hurdles, long jump and won B string shot. Debutant Jude Lingard threw well in A string discus (28.17m) and shot (8.52m), and William Shield did his usual job of keeping the points ticking over in hammer, discus and javelin. Angus Williams and Alex Aldred both ran well in 300m, and the 4 x 300m relay team of Tom Hunter, Thomas Job, Angus Williams and Alex Aldred again ran well for second. The 4 x 100m team of Louis, Ollie, James and Chris a ran season’s best 49.1 to be third.
The final match is at Hemel Hempstead on July 15th with Chiltern likely to maintain the league lead and possibly achieve promotion.