There was a good turnout of 82 Chiltern runners and there were team wins for the U11 girls, U11 boys, U13 girls and U13 boys. Nick Hughes was again first home in the Vet 40 race and Oakley Denson won the U11 boys race.
The meeting opened in great style with four consecutive wins for Chiltern teams. The Under 11 girls won their second consecutive match with Frankie Baxter (second), Rosa Williams (third), and Maddie Hughes (fourth) the scorers. There were also excellent runs from Hannah Ashby (fifth), Ella Botha (eighth) and Lesedi Nkoane (twelfth). Ellie Shield was 18th and Sophia Hilton 40th. The girls look the team to beat this season.
The Under 11 boys had a stronger team out than at the first match and registered a win after fourth place last time. Oakley Denson won the race with Max Baxter sixth and Alfie Clifford thirteenth. Jamie Powell was 20th, Sammy Bennetts 29th, Ethan Trimmer 31st, John Broadis 44th and Charlie Ventress 78th.
Opening match race-winner in the U13 girls Orla Williams was ill so could not run on Saturday. However, Alicia Bushell (second), Abbie Henderson (third), Holly Henderson (twelfth), and Jinaan Lockwood (17th) all ran well to claim the team race for a second time. There were also good efforts from Alice Brown in 18th and Carys Arnold in 24th.
The U13 boys have been the surprise team of the autumn with several new athletes performing very well. The race on Saturday saw a Chiltern 1-2 with Nathan Hackley and Cormac Nisbet both running great races. Woody Jackson in fifth and debutant Louis Peterson in 13th completed the scoring, and there were good runs from Tom Emery in 16th and Zach Rahaman in 24th. Also well up were Luke Martin in 28th, William Shield in 33rd, Thomas Askey in 37th,
Both U15 age group teams were badly depleted with several athletes taking part in a school event. The Under 15 girls, however, still managed third place, despite only having three scorers. Jane Williamson in fourth, Ella Peters in ninth and Emily Alderson in 20th all ran well.
The U15 boys were even worse hit with six top runners missing. Thomas Job led the team with an excellent fourth place and Cameron Hathaway-Enright in 22nd, Matt Clifford in 27th, Jamie Trimmer in 34th and Louis Hunt in 42nd all ran well to be fifth.
The Junior women were injury affected, but Robyn Watkins consolidated her medal hopes with a great run for second. Orla Fawcett in 26th and Jess Orr in 32nd completed the scoring and the trio were third on the day. Sandie Pohlman was not far behind in 35th.
The Under 17 men were also down on numbers due to injury and illness. Adam Day ran well again for third and was backed up by Harry Cox in fifth and Jake Alderson in tenth. Despite only three scorers, the lads were third overall.
The Senior women had a big team out and were third on the day. Scorers were Bex Nkoane (7th), Susan Jarman (16th), Ellie Bates (18th), Kate Loach (36th), Carolynn Trimmer (68th), and Kathy Staunton (82nd). The vets foursome of Bex, Susan, Kate and Abigail Askey were second.
The Senior men were fifth and again relied heavily on the U20s. Nick Hughes led the way with another great run in tenth place to be first Vet 40. Will Perkin (22nd), Richard Slade (26th), Sam Howell (36th), James Repper (58th), George Gillingwater (61st), Rob Hall (78th), Simon Brown (106th), Andy Hickman (123rd), and Jon Taylor (130th) completed the scoring. The U20 foursome of Will Perkin, Richard Slade, Sam Howell and Rob Hall were second, and the vets quartet of Nick Hughes, James Repper, Simon Brown and Andy Hickman were third.
The third match is at Stopsley Park, Luton on December 3rd.