Saturday started fine and the main track events were 100m, 300/400m and 1500m. Under 15 Finn Hobson had a very successful day, winning both 100m in a PB of 12.17 and the 300m, also a PB of 39.60. At the end of the day Finn added a silver in 80m hurdles (14.31). The Under 15 boys 100m also saw a bronze medal for James Spicer in 12.30, and Adam Winstanley was fifth in 12.85. Jemma Thomson (U13) continued her excellent season with silver in the 100m final in 14.12. Isaac Jessop-Tranter was fourth in the U13 boys 100m in 14.44, and Louis Greenaway fourth in U17 men’s 100m in a season’s best of 11.96. Charlotte Rigby ran well for fourth in the U17 women’s 100m.
In the 1500m races there were dominant performances by the Chiltern runners. Golds went to Thomas Redmond (U13 boys 4.53.49), Frankie Baxter (U13 girls 5.02.35), Louis Peterson (U15 boys 4.39.38), and Orla Williams (U15 girls 4.55.94). Max Baxter won bronze in the U13 boys 1500m, and Woody Jackson also won bronze in the U15 boys race. Tommy Davies was the silver medallist in the U17 men’s race with Alex Johnson fourth and Alex Aldred sixth. Ella Botha with silver and Lesedi Nkoane in bronze made it a Chiltern 1-2-3 in the U13 girls race and this was replicated in the U15 girls race with Abbie Henderson winning silver and Holly Henderson bronze. Hannah Ashby was fifth in the U13 girls race with Marea Logan seventh and Savarnah Pandya 12th. Alice Brown was fifth in the U15 race in a PB of 5.05.6, and Alicia Bushell was sixth, Jinaan Lockwood eighth. Gabriella Nero was fifth in the B race.
Lizzie Barraclough was third in U20 women’s 1500m and Oliver Jackson fifth in U20 men’s 1500m in 4.28.32. The later races were affected by a torrential downpour that made conditions quite unpleasant. Other Chiltern athletes getting PBs in 1500m were Ed Watson (U17), Joe Day (U17), Nathan Sweeney (U15), Thomas Askey (U15), Sammy Bennetts (U13) and Alfie Clifford (U13).
Isabelle Nero and Emily Gillespie made the final of the U15 girls 300m and Emily and Daniela Grice both ran well in 100m heats. Mike Day was fifth in U20 men’s 400m. Jess Cook made the final of the U15 girls 75m hurdles after a PB of 13.74 in the heat.
In the field Sarah Cross won gold in the Senior women’s javelin (32.81m) and was second in 100m. Millie Hughes won silver in U17 women’s javelin (27.85m) and was fourth in hammer.
A warmer, sunnier day made for very good competition. The track saw 200m and 800m heats and finals. The Under 15 boys 200m saw four Chiltern athletes qualify for the final and James Spicer took a great victory in a strong PB of 24.15. Finn Hobson was fourth in 24.63 and Lewis Fee sixth in 24.78. Adam Winstanley ran 25.52 in the heat. Jemma Thomson earned her second silver of the weekend in the U13 girls 200, running a PB of 28.61. In the U15 girls Daniela Grice was fifth in 28.61 and Isabelle Nero seventh in 29.18.
Chiltern again made a strong impression in middle distance with some superb efforts over 800m. Frankie Baxter picked up her second win of the weekend in the Under 13 girls race in a PB of 2.30.15. Orla Williams did the same with a win in the U15 girls race in 2.24.55. Abbie Henderson won bronze in a PB of 2.27.48. The Chiltern-heavy final was completed by Holly Henderson, fourth in 2.29.62 and Carys Arnold fifth in a PB of 2.30.19. Rosa Williams won bronze in the U13 girls 800m in a PB of 2.35.10.
The boys also had a great afternoon. Max Baxter gained his second bronze of the weekend in the U13 boys race, running 2.34.08. Rowan Gawne was fourth and Isaac Jessop-Tranter fifth. Louis Peterson picked up silver in the U15 race in a PB of 2.13.49. Matt Aldred and Mac Nisbet both ran PBs in heats to make the final of 2.17.61 and 2.19.97 respectively, and were fifth and eighth in the final. Harry Cox was third in the U20 men’s final, finally breaking through the two-minute barrier with 1.59.70. The final race of the meeting was the U17 men’s final and it was a great one for Chiltern with Cameron Reid, Alex Aldred and Alex Johnson scoring a Chiltern 1-2-3. Cam won in 2.01.42 and both Alex Aldred (2.02.12) and Alex Johnson (2.02.51) gained PBs. Rhys Arnold was fifth in a PB of 2.05.78.
Other Chiltern athletes running well in 800m were Matt Clifford (U17), Finn O’Brien (U15), Tom Emery (U15, PB), Laurie Gawne (U15), Woody Jackson (U15), Thomas Askey (U15, PB), Jamie Carruthers (U15, PB), Ben Jackson (U15, PB), Sammy Bennetts (U13, PB), Charlie Ventress (U13), Ethan McCall (U13), Soraya Lockwood (U17), Jinaan Lockwwod (U15, PB), Alicia Bushell (U15, PB), Gabriella Nero (U15), Charlotte Docwra (U15, PB), Samantha Grice (U15), Savarnah Pandya (U13), Joanna Snelling (U13), Ellie Shield (U13,PB), and Marea Logan (U13).
Gabi Riley had a great day winning 70m hurdles in a PB of 12.27 and shot in a PB of 7.26m. Gabi also added a bronze in high jump with 1.20m. Charlie Ventress won bronze in U13 boys 75m hurdles with Ciaran Davey fourth.
Lily Holt won silver in U17 women’s high jump with 1.60m. Noah Hobson won bronze in U13 boys shot with a PB of 6.12m and silver in discus with 13.96m. Jerry Anderson gained bronze in high jump with 1.20, Charlie Ventress was fourth with 1.15m. Luke Douglas was fourth in U15 boys high jump with 1.25m. Finn Hobson won bronze in long jump with 4.99m and Rex Vidal was fifth with 4.85m. Lewis Fee won bronze in U15 boys shot with 8.07m and was fourth in discus with 18.04m. In U15 girls discus Caitlin Gregory was fourth with a PB of 19.31m and was eighth in shot.
All-round a very good weekend for Chiltern Harriers with many successes and several younger athletes gaining great experience.