Team South Bucks, a composite of U17 and U20 athletes from Chiltern Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix, had a solid match at Harrow on Sunday.
After a one-point win in Match 1, South Bucks had to be content with fourth this time, after a sterling effort from a relatively small band of athletes.
Charlotte Bellamy and Clare Croome ran well in the short sprints with Maisie Pennant and Iona Roberts looking after 400m. Tash Taylor and Hannah Thear ran 800m and Jess Orr (whose time of 5.12.5 was her best for a few years) and Rachel Padwick ran 1500m.
Orla Fawcett braved the intense heat to run 3000m. Megan Styles and Hannah Thear scored valuable points in the 1500m steeplechase and also doubled up in the long jump. Megan also kept the points coming in triple jump, javelin, and high jump. Further help in the field came from Iona and Clare. The 4 x 100m relay team of Charlotte, Maisie, Clare and Tash were second and the 4 x 400m team of Clare, Hannah, Grace Storr and Scarlet Storr won in an impressive 4.10.9.
Under 20 Men
Tim Rogers scored a good PB to win the A string 400m of 49.7 and also ran the 200m in 23.1 despite an increasing problem with blisters. Morgan Hiles and Ben Layne looked after the other short sprints and Seb Mills won B string 400m in 51.9. Seb also ran A string 800m and Cameron Hathaway-Enright ran a six second PB in the B string of 2.14.1. There was double win in the 1500m with Adam Day winning the A string in 4.26.0 and Will Brown the B string in 4.33.1. Richard Slade and Rob Hall looked after the 3000m in the hottest part of the day, Rob winning the B string.
There was a small South Bucks presence in the field with Morgan in shot and Seb in long jump contributing. Morgan, Cameron, Tim, and Ben ran 47.3 in the 4 x 100m relay and Ben, Seb, Richard and Adam were just pipped in the 4 x 400m relay in a quick 3.38.0.
Under 17 Women
Grace Storr ran A string 100m and 200m with Sian Vico looking after B string 200m. Scarlet Storr ran an excellent 42.0 to win the A string 300m with Sandie Pohlman running a PB of 44.3 in the B string. Cerys Vico and Emma Styles were both second in the 800m races and Robyn Watkins and Soraya Lockwood ran 1500m. Mia Waterhouse won the A string 300m.
Scarlet Storr and Soraya Lockwood both ran the 80m hurdles and Soraya made a further contribution in the 1500m steeplechase. Amelia Jarvis and Bethany Watson scored useful points in the throws and further help in the field came from Sian Vico and Maisie Pennant. Sandie, Robyn, Maisie and Soraya had an excellent run to be second in the 4 x 300m relay.
Under 17 Men
Sam Turner-O’Toole and Harry Russell ran 100m with Michael Hall and Harry Russell the 200m. Fraser Kilsby and Marcus Waterhouse ran 400m and Hal Burtenshaw and Mike Day ran well in the 800m. There was another male 1500m win double with Finn Bell winning the A string and Oliver Jackson the B string. Myles Caddell scored a PB in the A string 3000m and Fin Dyer won the B string.
Fraser Kilsby showed his versatility by adding good efforts in 100m hurdles and discus to his 400m. Sam Turner-O’Toole won A string triple jump and was third in long jump, with Michael Hall third in A string high jump. Hal Burtenshaw did well in his debut in pole vault. Mike Day and Oliver Jackson threw well for useful points in javelin.
The relay teams did well – Marcus, Sam, Michael and Harry were third in the 4 x 100m, and Harry, Fraser, Myles, and Michael second in the 4 x 400m.