Conditions on the mostly flat course were made tricky by heavy rain that made for a slippery surface.
The Senior men’s race was notable for Chiltern’s young men doing well and the scoring was led by U20s James McCarthy (15th) and Jonty-Wager-Leigh (25th). Next up were Vet 40s Nick Hughes (32nd), James Repper (54th) and Alastair Melville Smith (64th). Other scorers were Tom Dixon, Jon Taylor, Toby Smith, Paul Mailey and Nick Marsh. The Seniors were sixth on the day and are fifth after two matches.
James was the first U20 and Jonty third and the U20 team of James, Jonty and Toby were second and are in third overall. The Vets were third on the day, second overall with nick third Vet 40 and James 8th Vet 40.
The Senior Women’s race included several Chiltern runners that hadn’t run at the first match of the series. Sian Thomas made a great return to be ninth and was backed up by newcomer Louise Durman (18th), Bex Nkoane (23rd) and Ali Young (29th), The Senior women were third on the day and are sixth in the league-to-date.
The Vets foursome of Bex, Ali, Kirstie Elliott, and Barbara Ralph were second, and are second overall. Bex was 6th Vet 35, Ali 8th Vet 35 and Kirstie 9th Vet 35. Barbara was 4th Vet 55.
The U17 Men had a strong team of ten runners out and the scoring foursome of Will Perkin (4th), Tom Rayner (8th), Will Brown (13th) and Richard Slade (15th) were second, consolidating their overall second spot. Also running well were Sam Howell (18th), George Brown (22nd) and Rob Hall (23rd).
The Junior women, comprising the U17 and U20 age groups, were missing some key athletes through injury and illness, but still had a solid team out with Maddy Lacey (16th), Orla Fawcett (20th) and Scarlett Wager-Leigh (28th) scoring. The girls were fifth on the day but are still in the league medal hunt in third.
The U15s were missing several boys who were running in a schools competition but still managed a complete team with Ben Howell (30th), Ollie Jackson (35th), Phoenix Everiss (45th) and Kristian Everiss (52nd) scoring. The team were sixth on the day and fifth league-to-date.
The U15 Girls race saw good runs from Robyn Watkins (2nd), Sophie Morton (4th), Emily Alderson (13th) and Sandie Pohlman (24th) to be second and the girls have done very well to have a narrow lead after two races.
The U13 Boys had another superb race with Angus Williams (1st), Thomas Job (2nd), Tom Hunter (3rd), Nathan Hackley (4th) and Alex Aldred (5th) securing another clean sweep and convincing victory. Also competing well were Zach Rahaman (16th) and Matt Clifford (17th). The boys have a fifty point lead going into Match 3.
On the U13 Girls side Orla Williams (7th), Olivia Cameron (14th), Alice Moffat (18th) and Laura Williams (24th) all ran well to keep medal hopes alive. In what looks like being an exciting league the Chiltern girls are in second place just four points behind the leaders with the third placed team four points behind.
In the U11s both teams had good outings with the girls again victorious thanks to Abbie Henderson (7th), Holly Henderson (8th) and Carys Arnold (13th). Also running well were Maddie Hughes (14th), and Hannah Ashby (16th). The U11 Boys kept up the pressure on league leaders Bedford with scoring runs from Cormac Nisbet (8th), Matt Aldred (9th) and Bailey Cameron (11th). William Mayhew also had a good run for 19th. The Chiltern boys go into the next match in second place but with hardly any difference amongst the top three clubs.
The third match is on December 5th at Culham Lakes, Abingdon.