There was another good turnout of Chiltern Harriers on Saturday at Merchant Taylor’s School in the second of the Active Training World Cross Country Series.
On a tough undulating parkland course there were some good efforts from the Chiltern contingent including wins for Ellie Danner, Thomas Ford, Zoe Gilbody and Thomas Redmond.
The Under 11s were first off on a 2k circuit. The waves consisted of around 20 runners, distanced on the start line formula 1 style, with mixed genders in the age group races. For the girls Ellie Danner added to her win at the first event with another victory in a good time of 8.51. Kara Gorman was again second in 8.55 and there were good runs from Nia Clarke (8th in 9.15), Evelyn Wildman (22nd in 10.02) and Madi Ifill (30th in 10.21). There were 58 finishers.
Tom Ford also gained a second U11 win, crossing the line in 8.11. There was good packing from other Chiltern runners with Felix Danielli (7th in 8.39), Jack Martin (8th in 8.39), Hugo Mundy (9th in 8.45), George Mawby (11th in 8.42), Charlie Quantrill (12th in 8.54), Jacob McCall (18th in 9.19), Lochlann Murray (25th in 9.35), Luke Coultate (27th in 9.40), Kit Dixon (30th in 9.44), and Isaac McCall (31st in 9.46).
The U13 girls were on a tough 3k circuit with several draining climbs. Emily Ford led home the Chiltern team, (5th in 14.12). Also running well were Lily Jessop-Tranter (7th in 14.29), Olivia Clarke (15th in 14.51), Marlie Nkoane (21st in 15.12), Jocelyn Davies (27th in 15.36), Issy Robinson (45th in 16.29), Anna Stoneham (46th in 16.29) Lydia Cross (49th in 16.39), Katie Allsop (52nd in 16.56), Beth Togneri (54th in 17.14), and Rebecca Lawson (56th in 17.32).
Daniel Munn was third in a high quality U13 boys race in 12.28. Alex Hughes was fifth in 13.28, Callum Powell 12th in 13.59, Kody Gilbody 20th in 14.03, Max Roughton 29th in 14.32, and James Holdsworth 38th in 14.46.
There was another strong showing from the Chiltern 15s. The girls featured good runs from National U13 Champ Zoe Gilbody, winning in 16.23 on a hard 4k route. Also running strongly were Frankie Baxter fifth in 17.22, Maddie Hughes sixth in 17.32, Lesedi Nkoane 13th in 18.00, Ellie Shield, 18th in 18.42, Hannah Ashby 30th in 19.52, and Amber Galley 48th in 24.08.
The U15 boys looked strong again with in-form Thomas Redmond winning in 14.43. Alden Collier was second in 15.13, and Archie Pinder 10th in 16.12. Completing the Chiltern presence were Sammy Bennetts 13th in 16.27, Max Baxter 15th in 16.28, Isaac Jessop-Tranter 17th in 16.38, Ethan McCall 19th in 16.50, Euan Pinder 21st in 17.11, Jerry Anderson 29th in 17.40, Sammy Whibley 31st in 17.51, and Alfie Clifford, 40th in 18.39.
Chiltern’s U17 women were out in force. Abbie Henderson led the way in fourth on a longer 5k route round the lake in 21.53. The other Chilterns to toe the line were Holly Henderson, 7th in 22.06, Orla Williams 12th in 23.24, Charlotte Docwra 16th in 23.58, Alice Brown 18th in 24.05, Olivia Edwards 20th in 24.19, Jinaan Lockwood 22nd in 26.32, and Ella Watson 26th in 29.00.
James Palmer had a great run to lead home the Chiltern U17 men in 19.03. Packing well were Thomas Askey 18th in 20.12, Ben Jackson 19th in 20.15, Luke Martin 20th in 20.16, Angus Stoneham 21st in 20.28, Will Shield, 26th in 20.56, Charlie Stone, 29th in 21.11, and Henry Webb, 37th in 22.55.
The third race in the series is due on Sunday 10th January. Hopefully restrictions will allow it to take place.