Highlights were individual wins for Juniors Thomas Redmond and Lesedi Nkoane, and Lesedi led home the DCHS Junior team to victory. The DCHS Intermediates were third, and DCGS Juniors and Inters exceeded expectations to be fifth and thirteenth respectively. Chiltern athletes were also running for RGS and John Hampden.
First up were the Intermediate Girls and Abbie Henderson had a great run to be fourth. Holly Henderson in 15th and Alice Brown in 26th also ran well. Orla Williams, fourth last year, had a cold all week but worked hard to finish in 42nd to create a points total of 87; good enough for third. Also running well was Katie Repper in 62nd.
The DCGS Junior Boys had an inexperienced sextet compared to the team that won this title last year so fifth place was very pleasing. Thomas Redmond had a great run to beat some notable names, running his relentless tempo to create a hard race for his rivals. The rest of the DCGS team packed well with Oakley Denson 40th, Max Baxter 41st and George Beddoe 45th. Completing the team were Isaac Jessop-Tranter in 69th and Noah McCall in 85th. The RGS High Wycombe team also reached the final and were led home by Chiltern athletes Alden Collier in 20th and Rowan Gawne in 23rd.
Lesedi Nkoane and Frankie Baxter started the short (2.3k) Junior race with intent and Lesedi established a lead, putting herself in contention at the end of the race. In a tight battle Lesedi managed to keep her narrow lead holding out for the win by one second. Frankie was seventh, Maddie Hughes 11th and Hannah Ashby 15th to create a total of 34 points; a huge win. Ellie Shield also ran well for 93rd.
The final event was the long (4.2k) Inter Boys race and the DCGS team was mostly composed of boys who have worked hard over the past year to improve their endurance. The team did well against some top teams to finish 13th, with, as expected, all the boys packing well from 30th to 80th. Finn O’Brien led the team home in 31st, with Ben Jackson (47th), Matt Aldred (61st), James Watson (73rd), Luke Martin (74th) and Jamie Carruthers (82nd) all having good runs. Mac Nisbet was the second John Hampden scorer in the team that came 16th, running a well-paced race to be 53rd.