Twenty-one Chiltern Harriers took part in the National Cross Country Championships at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire on Saturday. Conditions at the gently undulating and fast course in the grounds of the castle, were good on a dry but blustery day.
Again the main highlight for the club was U13 Girl Kara Gorman, adding to her medal collection with an excellent bronze. Although the club had runners in most of the races the only complete team was the Under 15 Boys who were a creditable ninth.
Earlier the U17 Women featured good runs from Maddie Hughes in 21st and Ellie Shield in 36th. The Under 15 Boys were next and Alex Hughes led the way in 23rd. Daniel Munn in 116th, Callum Powell in 130th, and Aidan Suleyman in 137th completed the scoring with James Holdsworth 193rd from 289.
Kara again ran a spirited race in the Under 13 Girls beating the Southern Champs winner in the process and adding to the bronze she won at that championships. Kara made her way through the field to finish very strongly. Evelyn Wildman was the other U13 girl, running well for 108th. There were 253 finishers.
The Under 17 men’s race saw Archie Pinder 36th with twin Euan in 138th. The Under 13 Boys was also a twins effort with Isaac McCall 204th, and Jacob 206th being the Chiltern presence. In the Under 15 Girls race Lucy Wilkinson was best placed Chiltern finisher in 46th. Issy Robinson had a good run for 99th from 285.
The Junior Men packed well with Louis Peterson 72nd, James Palmer 84th and Alex Aldred 85th.
The Senior Men also featured a trio and Richard Slade had a great run to be 29th on the long 12k course. George Brown also ran well for 39th and Will Brown was 73rd from the biggest field of the day of 1471 runners.
Amongst the photos is a picture of Richard, George and Will at the National Cross Country at Nottingham in 2014 where Richard was 112th, Will 117th, and George 242nd. Hard work and commitment have seen all three move up to the strong performances seen on Saturday.
Chiltern Harriers saved their best league performance of the season to the final match to confirm the retention of the overall league title.
Conditions at Keysoe Equestrian Centre were dry, still and mild, and the gently undulating courses were firm and fast for the most part. The watersplash created a great focal point for spectators.
There were several team and individual wins and medals, and the win on the day was by over five hundred points leading to a near-thousand point win overall.
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The U11 Girls have battled hard all season and were fourth on the day thanks to Annie-Rose Quantrill (4th), Mala Bahia (24th) and Emilia Ingham (26th). The team were second overall for the season and Soraya Roughton was fourth individual. The Under 11 Boys were second on the day and are second overall. The scorers on Saturday were Thomas Living in second, Hector Gamblen 9th and Zac Taylor 13th. Completing the team were Jack Rogers (15th), and Jack Dixon 25th. Also doing well were guest runners Arthur Small in 7th and Dexter Kahn in 34th. Thomas won individual silver for the season.
Kara Gorman completed a clean sweep of five wins in the Under 13 Girls race and was aided in the scoring by Maya Davis (3rd), Megan Lockwood (6th) and Evelyn Wildman (8th). Carys Jones was 21st and ended up 13th in the overall standings. The girls had a big win on the day and are confirmed as league winners. The Under 13 Boys were second on the day and stayed second overall, just ten points behind winners Dacorum. Thomas Reynolds was fourth, Charlie Quantrill 7th, George Mawby 18th, Jacob McCall 21st, Isaac McCall 22nd, Luke Coultate 25th and Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmid 34th. Overall Jacob McCall was ninth and Kit Dixon tenth.
In another good battle with Milton Keynes, the Chiltern U15 Girls were second by three points and ended up with overall silver by just six. Lucy Wilkinson continued her great form to come second and was backed up by Issy Robinson (5th), Izzy Martin (8th), and Marlie Nkoane (10th). Also running well were Alice Peckham (16th), Katie Allsop (19th), Jocelyn Davies (24th), Rebecca Lawson (26th), Keya Kara (32nd) and Lydia Cross (36th). Individually Emily Ford had already won the title. Lucy Wilkinson was 4th, Katie Allsop 11th, Jocelyn Davies 13th and Rebecca Lawson 16th.
Alex Hughes won the Under 15 Boys race convincingly and James Holdsworth was an excellent second. Rory Hilton in 7th and Callum Powell in 9th completed the scoring in a team win. Also running well were Aidan Suleyman (11th), Toby Pullen (15th), Dylan Rossi (19th), Charlie De Sousa (28th), Danny Carruthers (30th), and Soren Fox (33rd). The team ended up second.
The Junior Women’s team was third on the day, ending up fourth overall. Maddie Hughes was 8th, Ellie Shield 9th, Lesedi Nkoane 13th, Jo Snelling (22nd), Hannah Ashby (24th), and Ellie Gowers (36th).
Ash Finch gained his first Chiltern League win in the U17 Men’s race with Archie Pinder a close second. A strong team was completed by Leon Doran (7th), Sammy Bennetts (8th) and Matt Evans (13th). The team won on the day and completed the season convincing winners. Individually Ash was bronze medallist, Matt was sixth and Leon eighth.
The Senior Women were second on the day but did enough to stay ahead for the overall win. Hannah Wardley had a great run to be third with Bex Nkoane 6th, Ellie Bates 11th, Katie Royals 26th, Lou Martin 42nd and Abi Askey 53rd. Completing the team were Tessa Passey (56th), Sylvia Moss (68th), Lyndsey Bill (81st), Miriam Kempson (96th), Fiona Williams (110th), and Fiona Calder (132nd). Individually Hannah Wardley was overall league winner with Katie Royals 9th. The Vets were fourth on the day and ended up bronze medallists. Scorers on Saturday were Bex, Lou, Abi and Tessa. In the Vets categories Cathy Holloway won the Vet 55 group with Miriam sixth. Abi Askey was fourth Vet 45.
A great performance by the Senior Men was their best of the season to score a team win and perhaps best ever. Richard Slade took his first Chiltern race win with George Brown close behind in second. Completing the scoring were Will Brown (4th), Aran Davidson (10th), Tom Emery (16th), James Palmer (20th), Nick Hughes (24th), Adam Shute (32nd), James Repper (35th) and Tom Dixon (41st). Also running in an excellent team were Iain Ward (42nd), Alex Paul (53nd), Neil Turner (54th), Alastair Melville-Smith (83rd), Jonny Slade (114th), Ben Hannen (127th), Ed Wright (170th), Neil Bates (183rd), and Trevor Brawn (220th). The Seniors completed the season in second as did the vets. The scoring vets quartet on Saturday that also took the match win were Nick Hughes, James Repper, Tom Dixon and Neil Turner. Tom Emery and James Palmer scored good Under 20 points and the U20 team were convincing winners after five matches.
Individually Richard Slade was second, George Brown third, Will Brown fourth, and Aran Davidson ninth. Tom Dixon was Vet 45 bronze medallist and Nick Huges won the Vet 50 category with Neil Turner fourth. Trevor Brawn was the winner of the Vet 70 age group. James Palmer was U20 silver medallist with Louis Peterson winning bronze.
A great support group of team managers, coaches and parent helpers were very important all season in getting everyone to the right place at the right time and being supportive and encouraging.
The Chiltern Social Committee organised a great celebration on Saturday evening at Chesham Cricket Club to celebrate another fantastic club campaign.
Good Evening Race Report fans. Well, what a day yesterday was at the fifth and final Chiltern League match of the 2022-23 season. You’ll need to wait for Steve Perkin’s report for all the (gory) details, but, suffice to say, CHAC did themselves proud through the famous Keysoe water splash.
Bucks Schools Cross Country took place in glorious sunshine at Stowe School on Wednesday. There were several Chiltern Harriers athletes competing for their schools and attempting to gain selection to represent Bucks Schools in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Nottingham on March 18th. Year 7s ran for selection for the Primary Schools and Year 7 event in Prestwold Hall at the end of March.
The Year 7 (Minor) Girls race was a predictable Chiltern 1-2-3 with Kara Gorman winning from Maya Davis and Nia Clarke. Carys Jones ran well for seventh from 119 finishers.
In the Minor Boys Luke Coultate was fifth, Jacob McCall eighth, Isaac McCall 11th, and Kit Dixon 28th.
The Year 8 and 9s run as Juniors and the very high quality girls race saw Issy Robinson fifth, Marlie Nkoane seventh, Megan Lockwood tenth, Katie Allsop 12th, Abi Masters 27th, Keya Kara 43rd, and Lydia Cross 45th.
Billed as 4k, the Junior Boys turned out to be about 4.8k, a tough ask on a hilly course. Thomas Reynolds was an excellent fourth, Aidan Suleyman eighth, Charlie Quantrill 12th, Felix Danielli 16th, George Mawby 18th, Eddie O’Brien 23rd, Zach Cleary 24th, Dylan Rossi 28th, and Theo Roughton 58th. There were 135 finishers.
The Intermediates ran on the same 4k course as the junior boys but added in were the Senior Girls to make a fuller race. Lucy Wilkinson continued her great season to secure the win, Also running well in a race with several Chiltern girls competing were Lesedi Nkoane seventh, Lily Jessop-Tranter ninth, Olivia Clarke tenth, Jo Snelling 12th, Alice Peckham 13th, Rebecca Lawson 18th, Jocelyn Davies 20th, Sofia Lomas 25th, Charlotte Hewson 36th, and Ellie Gowers 38th.
The Inter Boys and Senior Boys tackled a 5.6k route. The Inter race saw good packing from Chiltern athletes with Archie Pinder second, Alex Hughes third, Euan Pinder sixth, Daniel Munn seventh, Callum Powell 12th, Toby Pullen 13th, Rory Hilton 14th, and Max Roughton 16th.
Just ten Senior Girls faced the starter. Maddie Hughes ran well for second, Ellie Shield third, Maddie Rae fifth and Charlotte Docwra ninth.
Sammy Bennetts was an excellent third in Senior Boys and Tom Askey tenth struggling with painful knees.
Several Chiltern Harriers took part for their universities at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships at Pembrey Country Park near Swansea on Saturday.
In BUCS cross country there is a Long A race and Short B race for both men and women. The Long A race for the men features the top six cross country runners at each university, the A race for the women the top four. The B races include all other good runners at each university so are usually bigger fields, and are very high quality at the front end. Conditions at Pembrey were dry and still on a flat and fast course.
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George Brown was the leading runner for Nottingham University A team on the 10k course coming in an excellent 30th place. Will Brown was part of the mighty Birmingham University A team. Will had an injury niggle recently and missed a few weeks training but ran well to be sixth Birmingham finisher in 45th. Alex Aldred ran for Bristol University and was 149th. There were 256 finishers and 41 complete teams. Birmingham were narrowly second to Loughborough, Nottingham 13th and Bristol 21st.
Jamie Carruthers ran for Bristol in the 8k Men’s B race, coming in a creditable 323rd out of 540. In the Women’s 6k B race Liv Cameron had an excellent run for Nottingham University to be 63rd, and the Lockwood sisters were in evidence, Soraya finishing 218th for Exeter University, and Jinaan coming in 339th for Southampton University. There were 406 finishers.
Good Evening, Race Report fans. I hope you have had a great weekend. Before we get into the detail of this week’s report, a reminder to you all to please book your place at the Club’s post-Chiltern league celebration by 5pm on Monday 6 February (tomorrow). It’s really easy to do. More information on how to do so is here.