Photos by Martyn Loach
There have certainly been some egg-cellent race results over the long weekend!
Fabe Downs managed to squeeze in no less than three Race-Report-worthy performances over the weekend: 4th place at the Maidenhead Easter 10 (mile) on Friday (52.57); 1st place at Wycombe Rye parkrun on Saturday (16.50); and 2nd place at the Beaconsfield 5 mile trail race today (28.05).
Several of Chiltern Harriers youngest cross country runners were taking part in the Primary Schools /Year 7 English Schools Cross Country on Saturday.
Held At Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire, the hosts did a great job of creating new courses after the National Inter Counties Championships at the same venue two weeks earlier had turned the estate into a quagmire.
The 22 Chiltern athletes were mostly competing for the Bucks Swans team, although three were taking part for Hertfordshire.
Several Chiltern Harriers were taking part for their county schools teams in the last big cross country event of the season, the English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
Conditions were tricky at Temple Newsam, Leeds with bitingly cold temperatures and strong winds but quite soft going underfoot.
The National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships took place at an extremely muddy Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire on Saturday.
Twenty-eight Chiltern Harriers were taking part, running for their counties in this most prestigious of the end of season national cross country events.
We’ll kick off proceedings for this week’s Race Report by celebrating the fantastic achievements of our young athletes. Chiltern Harriers AC’s U13 boys and girls teams were both crowned national cross-country champions on Saturday 24 February at Parliament Hills Fields in London, making Club history, whilst our U15 girls were second in their race. Congratulations to all the Harriers who raced on the day! I am sure a full report will appear soon enough.
Chiltern Harriers youngsters had their best ever day at the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Under Cloudless blue skies on Parliament Hill, London, the Chiltern Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys both became National Champions, with the Under 15 Girls adding team silver.
Mark Hookway videos from Saturday.
Under 13 Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAuJ77_MdU
Under 13 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUWUMDkJqPM
Under 15 Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64GYuL3ii0E
Under 15 Boys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10OmbQFqrH0
There were a few winning Chiltern Harriers AC performances at parkrun events on Saturday 17 February. Allan Stewart and Kate Loach were both victorious at Cassiobury Park in 16.03 and 21.24, respectively, whilst Fabian Downs won the Cootehill event (in Ireland) in 16.56.
The final Chiltern Cross Country League match of the season saw a great success for Chiltern Harriers on Saturday. In cold, wet conditions at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, the Senior Women completed a rare team victory. The veteran women also won team gold.
The Junior ranks also had their best season ever. From nine age groups the club won six golds and two bronzes. There were also several individual successes. Overall the club was third, matching the result of the past couple of years.
Many Chiltern Harriers youngsters were taking part for their schools at the Buckinghamshire Schools Cross Country Championships at The Cottesloe School, Wing on Wednesday.
Overnight frost had made the ground firm and quick but the hilly courses made for a challenging day for the runners