Unusually dry conditions made for faster racing than usual at this tough, hilly course. Chiltern ended up with several team and individual medals amongst the juniors but also some success amongst the veterans.
The U11 boys were even more dominant with a 1-2-3-4 of Callum Powell, Alex Hughes, Zachery Cleary and Gabriel Strutton-Smith ensuring a convincing win to close the season. Danny Carruthers also ran well for sixth. Individually Callum won silver, Alex bronze, Gabriel was fifth, Danny sixth and Zachary twelfth. Also making a good contribution in the league have been George Fotherby, Will Doran and Issa Phillips-Pope.
Both U13 teams also recorded wins on the day and overall. Frankie Baxter continued her good recent form to log a third league win of the season. Lesedi Nkoane was third, Maddie Hughes fifth and Marea Logan sixth to complete the scoring and other good runs came from Hannah Ashby (8th) and Ellie Shield (13th). The girls won the division by nearly 200 points. Frankie and Lesedi both ended the season on 8 points with Frankie edging into gold medal position on number of wins. Lesedi won silver and Maddie was 5th, Marea 7th and Ellie 15th. The U13 team has also featured Savarnah Pandya, Ella Botha, and Roxy McLellan this year.
The U13 boys have been the club’s biggest ever squad in the league and the boys have run well to hold off a strong St Albans team this year. Thomas Redmond completed win number four to ensure an overall individual league win. Other scorers were Alden Collier (3rd), Euan Pinder (5th), and Max Baxter (7th). Also running well were Oakley Denson (8th), Alfie Clifford (13th), Leon Doran (15th), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (16th), Rowan Gawne (17th), and Archie Pinder (20th). In addition to Thomas’s overall win, Euan won bronze and Max (5th), Alden (7th) and Oakley (10th) also ended up top-ten. Other lads in the mega-squad have been Ethan McCall, Charlie Ventress, Sammy Bennetts, and William Slater.
Abbie Henderson recorded a third straight league win to seal the U15 girls title. Holly Henderson was second, Alicia Bushell fourth, Alice Brown fifth and Orla Williams sixth. Overall individually Holly won silver, Orla bronze, and Alicia was fourth. Jinaan Lockwood, Olivia Conner, Charlotte Docwra, Ella Watson and Sammi Grice have also featured this season
The U15 Boys started the day in third, and although a good team effort led to a win on the day, it was not enough to move up. Louis Peterson logged his first Division 1 win and was backed up by Nathan Hackley (5th), Finn O’Brien (9th) and Luke Martin (10th). Further good runs came from Woody Jackson (12th) and Laurie Gawne (15th). Cormac Nisbet was going well but was badly spiked. Overall Nathan won individual bronze, and Finn O’Brien was tenth. Charlie Stone, Jamie Carruthers, Ben Jackson and Matt Aldred have also helped this season.
The Junior Women (U17s and U20s) featured Ella Peters (8th), Soraya Lockwood (21st), and Millie Hughes (23rd) to be fourth on the day. The women have worked hard all year and ended up a creditable fourth overall, Soraya highest placed individual in 14th. Sophie Morton, Lizzie Barraclough and Jess Orr have also pitched in with good efforts over the winter.
The U17 Men have been in a tight battle with Milton Keynes AC all season and were second by a point on Saturday leading to silver medals overall, 506 points to 511. Angus Williams was third, Tommy Davies fifth, Alex Aldred 14th and Edward Watson 19th. At season-end Angus won silver and Alex was eighth. Other contributors have included Alex Johnson, Matt Clifford, Cam Hathaway-Enright, and Cameron Reid.
Chiltern’s Senior Women won the league last year but had to be content with fourth this year. The Veterans team, however, ran out comfortable winners. On Saturday the fourth-placed scoring six were Ellie Bates (10th), Bex Nkoane (20th), Becky McCall (22nd), Ali Young (24th), Katie Royals (39th) and Kirstie Elliott (41st). The Vets foursome of Bex, Becky, Ali and Kirstie were second on Saturday, but that was enough to maintain first-place overall. Becky McCall was overall fourth Vet 35, and Cathy Holloway fifth Vet 45. Tamsin Finch, Nicola Conner, Miriam Kempson, Fiona Williams, Katherine Day, Kathy Jessop, and Harriet Lemon have been team stalwarts this season.
The Senior Men were seventh on the day and are fifth overall. Scorers were Nick Hughes (12th), who sealed the Vet 40 title with another win, Richard Slade (34th), who won overall silver in the U20 Men age group, Ross Jarman (47th), Tom Dixon (72nd), Jon Taylor (107th), Richard Moss (109th), Neil Bates (110th), Mike Turney (111th), Ben Hetherington (112th), and Andy Hickman (127th). The Vets team of Nick, Ross, Richard Moss, and Mike were seventh, and the Vets were 9th overall. Pitching up for at least four matches were Matt Hipgrave, Matt Robins, Mike Worsfold, Glen Martin, Matt Lawrence, George Baxter, Trevor Brawn and Doug Smith.