Mild, sunny conditions made for some very high level performances.
Gold medal winners from Chiltern were Eleanor Mayhew (U13 Girls 200m), Orla Williams (U13 Girls 1500m), Robyn Watkins (U17 women 1500m), Hannah Thear (U20 women 800m), Sam Turner-O’Toole (U15 Boys long jump and shot), Cameron Reid (U15 Boys 800m), Angus Williams (U15 Boys 3000m), Harry Cox (U17 Men 3000m), Sarah Cross (U20 Women javelin), Will Perkin (U20 Men 1500m), and Allan Stewart (Senior Men 800m), Both Orla and Angus Williams set new Championship Best performances in their gold-medal winning events.
There was a good showing from the U13 girls with Orla Williams adding silver in the 800m to her great win in the 1500m. Her 1500m time of 4.59.98 is a new Championship Best and places Orla sixth nationally. Laura Williams also bagged middle distance medals with bronze in both 800m and 1500m. Eleanor Mayhew had a great debut Championships setting PBs in the 100m to win silver in 13.89, and going one better on Sunday to win gold in the 200m in 28.85.
Chiltern also had a great presence in the middle distance events. In the 1500m on Saturday Abbie Henderson was fourth, Holly Henderson sixth, Carys Arnold tenth, Jinaan Lockwood twelfth and Alicia Bushell fourteenth from a field of twenty, all the girls setting new PBs. In Sunday’s 800m the standard was just as high with Abbie Henderson fourth, Carys Arnold sixth, Jinaan Lockwood seventh, Holly Henderson eighth, and Katie Repper thirteenth from twenty-five competitors, again all gaining new PBs in the process.
Under 13 boys
Medals for the U13 Boys were restricted to the 800m with Zach Rahaman winning silver and Matt Aldred bronze, both in new best times. There were many performances to enjoy though with Cormac Nisbet fourth, Finn O’Brien eighth, Harry Vintner eleventh, William Mayhew twelfth, Teague Eaton thirteenth from the 25 finishers in the 800m and Zach, Cormac, Teague and Harry all gaining PBs to be in the top ten in the 1500m. In the sprints James Spicer was fifth in the 100m and William Shield did well in hurdles, high jump and javelin.
Under 15 Girls
Olivia Scarles came seventh in the 300m final after setting a PB of 45.38 in the heat. Also making finals were Soraya Lockwood (sixth) and Beth Welham (seventh) in the 800m, again after setting PBs in the heats. Soraya and Beth also set new PBs in the 1500m on Saturday. Also doing well in the middle distance events were Alice Moffat and Olivia Cameron who set new best figures in both 800m heats and the 1500m final. In the javelin there were several PBs - Olivia Scarles was third with 24.15m, Millie Hughes fourth with 19.55m and Imogen Sharkey fifth with 17.06m.
Under 15 boys.
Sam Turner-O’Toole had a great debut Championships, winning gold in both shot and long jump and silver in the 80m hurdles. Christian Grint won bronze in the hurdles and was fourth in shot. Cameron Reid ran very well for silver in the 1500m on Saturday but went one better on Sunday winning gold in the 800m in a blistering time of 2.05.09, just nine hundredths outside English Schools qualifying. Angus Williams was third in the 1500m but again struck gold on Sunday with a new Championship Best in the 3000m of 9.45.34. Ben Smith won silver in the 3000m in a PB of 9.53.20.
The middle distance races showed Chiltern’s strength in depth. In the 1500m, Tommy Davies (sixth), Thomas Job (eighth), Edward Watson (fifteenth) and Cameron Hathway-Enright (sixteenth) all set new bests. Thomas Job and Alex Aldred joined Cameron in the 800m final, Thomas finishing fourth in a new PB of 2.12.47, and Alex fifth after setting a PB of 2.14.97 in the heat. Robert Orr and Harry Tack also ran in the heats.
The sprinters also did well with Louis Greenaway (fourth), Finbar Blount (fifth), Harry Russell (sixth), and Alex Burn (seventh) all getting PBs in the 100m final. Felix Hale and Oliver Ayres ran PBs in the 200m final on Sunday. Felix also won bronze in the long jump with a PB of 4.85m. In the field, Harry Brandon won high jump bronze with 1.40m and Kristian Everiss bronze in the javelin with 32.15m, brother Phoenix also getting a PB to be fourth with 29.10m.
Under 17 women.
Robyn Watkins won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m, both in new best times. In the 800m Sandie Pohlman was eighth, Jess Orr tenth, and in the 1500m Jess Orr was fifth, Lizzie Barraclough eighth and Maddy Lacey ninth. Ella Merten-Mancer was fourth in the 100m final after a new PB of 12.83 in the heat and Maya Bhat, fifth, and Louise Lyons-Appiah, eighth, did well in the 200m final. Sandie Pohlman was fifth in the 300m final in anew PB of 44.61.
Under 17 men
Morgan Hiles recorded a PB of 11.70 to be fourth in the 100m final and Seb Mills was also fourth in the 800m. Harry Cox ran well to win gold in the 3000m.
Will Perkin ran a controlled race to take gold in the 1500m, Richard Slade and Rob Hall were fifth and sixth. Richard was seventh in the 3000m in a PB of 9.27.58. Hannah Thear had a busy weekend, second in 400m and long jump, third in 1500m, topped off with a great run to win the 800m on Sunday. This was after second in 400m and long jump and third in 1500m on Saturday. Sarah Cross won javelin gold with a good throw of 30.67m and Rachel Padwick was fourth in the 1500m.
Allan Stewart ran strongly to win the Senior men’s 800m in a good time of 1.57.14. Andrew Stewart tackled a big range of distances, and Peter Gould finished fourth in a high tempo 3000m. Emma Barraclough had a good run to be second in the Senior women’s 800m in a season’s best 2.25.15.