The weather was grey, dry and mild, and underfoot conditions were good with a firm surface. As always at Keysoe the watersplash made an exciting feature.
The Under 11 Girls completed their fourth consecutive win and have an unassailable lead. Olivia Clarke was third, Lily Jessop-Tranter sixth and Lucy Wilkinson ninth to provide the scoring. Izzy Martin in 17th and Marlie Nkoane in 18th also ran well.
Callum Powell and Alex Hughes continued to press for individual medals in the U11 Boys, with Callum second and Alex third. Gabriel Strutton-Smith had an excellent run to be fourth and, as with the girls, the U11 Boys have a big lead going into the final match. Also running well were Danny Carruthers in ninth and Zach Cleary (17th).
Success continued with the Under 13 Girls race. Frankie Baxter and Lesedi Nkoane ran strong races to be 1-2, with Maddie Hughes (sixth) and Marea Logan (eighth) completing the scoring. Ellie Shield in 15th continued her recent good form. The girls have a strong lead.
The Under 13 Boys have a large and able squad. The scorers in the winning quartet on Saturday were Thomas Redmond with a third individual victory, Alden Collier, third, Euan Pinder seventh, and Max Baxter eighth. Also packing well were Isaac Jessop-Tranter (10th), Rowan Gawne (13th), Oakley Denson (15th), Leon Doran (18th) and Alfie Clifford (20th).
A fifth team win came from the Under 15 Girls. Abbie Henderson gained her second individual win, and with Orla Williams (second), Holly Henderson (third), and Alicia Bushell (fifth) the girls were a dominant scoring foursome. Alice Brown in ninth also ran well. The girls lead comfortably after four matches.
The Under 15 Boys had a relatively small team out but battled hard to be third and maintain third place overall. Nathan Hackley kept his medal hopes alive with third place and the scoring was completed by Finn O’Brien (10th), Luke Martin (11th), and Jamie Carruthers (18th). Laurie Gawne was close behind in 19th.
The Chiltern trio of Soraya Lockwood (14th), Lizzie Barraclough (16th) and Emily Alderson (22nd) worked hard for fourth place in the Junior Girls race and stay fourth overall.
The Under 17 Men are in an attritional battle with Milton Keynes and had to settle for third place on Saturday. Angus Williams (third), Alex Aldred (sixth), Alex Johnson (14th) and Cameron Hathaway-Enright (28th) were the Chiltern team on Saturday and, with one match to go the team are just four points behind MK. The final match will need a great effort to take the league title.
Chiltern’s Senior Women were seventh on Saturday courtesy of Ellie Bates (16th), Bex Nkoane (19th), Becky McCall (22nd), Katie Royals (40th), Cath Holloway (52nd) and Caroline Stephens (72nd). The team are fifth league-to-date. The Veterans quartet of Bex, Becky, Cath and Caroline were fourth but the Vets still have a good lead going into Match 5.
The Senior Men were seventh and are fourth overall. The team was led home by U20 Richard Slade, having his best Chiltern League match in fifteenth. Nick Hughes was first Vet 40 in sixteenth and James Repper had a good run to be 19th and second Vet 40. The scoring was completed by Aran Davidson (56th), Ross Jarman (57th), Andrew Wiseall (93rd), Neil Bates (124th), Matt Robins (146th), Mike Worsfold (147th), and Shaun Fry (148th). Chiltern’s vets had a team win but are back in ninth overall. Nick, James, Ross and Mike were the scorers.
The club is perennially third in the Chiltern League. Going into the final match in second is an opportunity to take team silver but it will need a big turnout and commitment to win through. The final match is at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on February 9th.