A record number of Chiltern Harriers took part for their universities at the Ronhill University of Manchester Relays at Wythenshaw Sports Ground on Saturday.
On a flat but twisty 3k course, the men’s and mixed teams did six legs and women-only teams did three. Quite a few athletes completed more than one leg across several teams in this fun, informal but high quality event.
George Brown ran on leg 1 for his University of Nottingham team (Flying Nottsmen) and had a superb run to finish third and retain the third-fastest time of the day – 8.56. George also did leg 3 for the Nottingham mixed team in 9.21. The Nottsmen were seventh from 56 complete teams. Will Brown also ran very well for 9.10 on leg 3, the fastest leg of the Birmingham University team Lazza’s Legends which came 13th, and 9.25 on leg 5 for the Newcomers team that came 17th.
Two Chiltern old boys were on the same team with Alex Johnson (11.29 on leg 2) and Luke Martin (11.37 on leg 6) competing in the Manchester University B team that was 45th.
Bristol University also featured strongly and there were three Chilterns in the Bristol teams. Alex Aldred ran leg 3 (9.43) in the Bristol A team that came ninth, with Jamie Carruthers running 10.43 in leg 1 of the Bristol D team that was 43rd. Recent graduate Jess Orr was in a Bristol alumni team and ran 14.34 on leg 2
Ghoulish evening to you, Halloween Race report fans!
It has been a quiet week from a Race Report perspective. Tessa Passey kicked the weekend off early at Serpentine AC’s Last Friday of the Month 5k, clocking a time of 22.26.
There were some good performances in the SEAA Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday but the only medal was won by the Senior Men’s team, the first time a Chiltern senior outfit has medalled at this event.
It was a warm, sunny day at Acton and the course was mostly firm and fast. Chiltern’s junior teams were depleted with many families going away taking advantage of the two-week half term.
The first race was a combined U17/U20 women’s race where both Chiltern teams consisted of a duo. U17 Ellie Shield continued her good recent form with a first leg of 11.27 on the 3k loop and Marea Logan followed this up with 12.21. The U20s featured Liv Cameron in 11.45 and Holly Henderson in 11.58.
U20 Tom Emery made a welcome rare appearance for the club coming in third with a 9.20 lap and this was followed by Thomas Askey with 9.57. The U17 men competed alongside the U20s and Isaac Jessop-Tranter (10.01), Ash Finch (9.51) and Matt Evans (10.21) were ninth complete team. Euan Pinder had a great run of 9.42 in an incomplete B team.
The U13 Girls had one team out on the shorter 2k route and did very well to be fifth. Kara Gorman (7.08), Nia Clarke (7.51) and Megan Lockwood (8.12) all ran strongly in a field of 21 complete teams.
Jacob McCall (7.40), Isaac McCall (7.22) and Kit Dixon (8.02) were 12th in the U13 Boys race and Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmidt (8.21) and Felix Danielli (7.53) were an incomplete B team.
The U15 girls had two full teams, both of which logged top ten finishes. The A team featured Emily Ford (7.18), Lily Jessop-Tranter (7.20) and Olivia Clarke (7.44) in fifth, and in eighth were the B team of Izzy Martin (7.42), Lucy Wilkinson (7.31) and Issy Robinson (7.31). Rebecca Lawson ran 8.08 in an incomplete C team.
In the U15 Boys just one Chiltern team toed the line with Rory Hilton (6.53), James Holdsworth (7.00) and Isaac Collier (7.03) coming in tenth place.
The course reverted to 3k for the Senior Women and the A team of Katie Royals (12.04), Bex Nkoane (11.26) and Finola Watkins (11.56) came a creditable 14th. Katie’s time was 54 seconds faster than last year. The incomplete B team featured recent graduates Lizzie Barraclough (13.14) and Jess Orr (14.23).
The final action of the afternoon saw the Senior Men tackle a 4k route and pre-race there were hopes that the young team could improve on last year’s 8th place. These were well founded as Richard Slade won the first leg in a brisk 11.40. George Brown ran 11.49 on leg 2 to create a good lead. On leg 3 Cameron Reid ran 12.56 and Will Brown went into leg 4 in a close second to Windsor with Thames Valley close behind in third. An exciting final lap saw Will overtaken initially but then come through to confirm second, just 11 seconds off the win. Will’s time was 11.52. Richard’s 11.40 remained the fastest leg of the whole race.
Good Evening, Race Report fans, from a most dramatic and stormy Race Report HQ.
Whilst I think everyone who ventured out to run today deserves a medal, if you were racing you deserve no less than a big, shiny cup (and something warming to put in it)! Those brave souls were Ian Lawson and Mairead O’Rourke at the Abingdon Marathon, and Hywel Thomas at the Beach Head Ultra Marathon. In Abingdon Ian clocked a time of 3.31.58, getting an early (and wet) qualifier for the infamous Comrades Marathon under the belt, and Mairead was not far behind in 3.36.59. Hywel took on some 50-odd km and 4,500ft of elevation at Beachy Head, completing the event in a hugely respectable 5.37.27.
Chiltern Harriers made a great start to defending their Chiltern League title with a good win at the opening match of the season at Oxford Horspath on Saturday. It was a warm, sunny day and dry courses meant a choice between trainers and spikes. There were many team wins and several individual wins in a very strong showing by the club. There were 107 Chiltern athletes taking part.
The Under 11 Girls were first on the programme and a brand new team did well to finish fourth. The scorers were Soraya Roughton in an impressive fifth, Mala Bahia in 15th and Emilia Ingham in 23rd. The Under 11 Boys were second thanks to good runs from Thomas Living in eighth, Hector Gamblen 13th, and Jack Rogers 17th. There was also a good run from Jack Dixon in 29th.
Chiltern’s Under 13 Girls this year are a small but talented squad and all had good runs to provide the first of the club’s team wins. Kara Gorman won the race with Maya Davis third, Nia Clarke fifth, Evelyn Wildman eighth, Megan Lockwood ninth, and Carys Jones 18th.
A further win came from the Under 13 Boys. The scorers were Tom Ford in second, Charlie Quantrill eighth, Jacob McCall 14th and Isaac McCall 15th. Also running well were George Mawby 16th, Luke Coultate 19th, Vadym Poltorak 22nd, Kit Dixon 24th, Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmid 30th and Theo Roughton 31st.
The Under 15 Girls kept the team wins coming with great runs from Division 1 winner Emily Ford, Lily Jessop-Tranter third, Olivia Clarke sixth and Katie Allsop 11th. A good team presence was completed by Issy Robinson (13th), Lucy Wilkinson (15th), Jocelyn Davies (16th), Alice Peckham (21st), Rebecca Lawson (23rd), Keya Kara (37th), Genevieve Donald 41st and Lydia Cross (50th).
More great packing resulted in a team win for the Under 15 Boys. In-form Alex Hughes scored a strong win with Daniel Munn second, Rory Hilton sixth and James Holdsworth eighth. Aidan Suleyman was 13th, Max Roughton 15th, Danny Carruthers 27th, Charlie De Sousa 32nd, Soren Fox 40th and Mattie Gemmell 41st.
There was a great turnout from the U17/U20 Women and another team win. Maddie Hughes secured another individual win and Frankie Baxter in fourth and Ellie Shield in 11th completed the scoring. Also contributing were Lesedi Nkoane (14th), Maddie Rae (15th) Marea Logan (16th), Hannah Ashby (18th), Jo Snelling (27th) and Ellie Gowers (36th).
Thomas Redmond looked good in winning the U17 Men’s race and leading the team to another win. Also scoring were Archie Pinder second, Ash Finch sixth and Sammy Bennetts seventh. More good runs came from Matt Evans (14th), Euan Pinder (16th), Leon Doran (19th) and John Nickless (22nd).
The Senior Women had a great turnout and were second in both Senior and Veteran categories. Hannah Wardley ran well for fifth and the other scorers were Katie Royals (15th), Fiona Kelleher (19th), Finola Watkins (28th), Sarah Quantrill (29th), and Cathy Holloway (31st). Vet scorers were Sarah, Cathy, Abigail Askey (37th) and Tessa Passey (45th). Others in action: Alex Gray (52nd), Caroline Stephens (70th), Miriam Kempson (76th), Tamsin Finch (82nd), Kathy Jessop (100th), Hannah Ryan (106th), Ella Watson (108th), and Fiona Calder (127th).
The Senior Men’s result was amazingly close with Milton Keynes on 2069 points, Chiltern 2057, and Bedford 2050. There was an excellent showing from the Chiltern scorers led in by Richard Slade in a great second place. Will Brown was fifth, George Brown sixth, James Palmer 17th, Alex Aldred 18th, Nick Hughes 25th, Louis Peterson 27th, Tom Dixon 30th, Adam Shute 60th and James Repper 63rd.There were Chiltern wins in the U20 Mens’ category thanks to James Palmer, Alex and Louis, and in the Veteran category: Nick, Tom, Adam and James Repper. James and Alex were first and second U20s and Nick Hughes was first Vet 50. Completing a big team were Tom Askey (72nd), Neil Turner (78th), Alastair Melville-Smith (106th), Ian Lawson (112th), Henry Webb (128th), Chris Gloster (144th), Matt Hipgrave (149th), Jonny Slade (168th), Ben Hannen (169th), David Williams (172nd), Chris Lower (173rd), Ed Wright (180th), David Howells (206th), and Trevor Brawn (226th).
The second match is at Teardrop Lakes on November 12th.
Good Evening, Race Report fans. Firstly, and most crucially, a huge congratulations to all who took part in yesterday’s first Chiltern League match of the season. Chiltern Harriers AC came away with the overall win on the day. Look out for Steve Perkin’s report for a full download of the day’s excitement.
Several Chiltern Harriers school age athletes took part for their schools in the county round of the ESAA Cross Country Cup at Cottesloe School, Wing on Tuesday.
There were some excellent runs and several runners will be heading to the Regional Final on November 12th where there is the chance to progress to the National Final in December. It was a glorious sunny day which made the tough hilly courses drier than usual.
Chiltern athletes took the first four places in the first event on the programme, the Junior Girls race, featuring runners from Years 7 and 8. The girls ran a short 2300m course. Maya Davis carried on her recent strong form to record a big win. Nia Clarke was second, Evelyn Wildman third and Megan Lockwood fourth.
The Junior Boys race was slightly longer at 2700m. The Chiltern contingent were again well placed. Charlie Quantrill was second, Isaac McCall third, Eddie O’Brien eighth, George Mawby tenth, Luke Coultate 11th, Hugo Mundy 14th, and Theo Roughton 16th.
The Inter Girls ran the same 2700m circuit as the Junior Boys and there was again good packing from the Chiltern runners. Lily Jessop-Tranter was fourth, Olivia Clarke fifth, Lucy Wilkinson sixth, Issy Robinson seventh, Ffion Harman 10th, Rebecca Lawson 12th, Alice Peckham 13th, Katie Allsop 17th, Jocelyn Davies 20th, Abi Masters 24th, Keya Kara 29th, Florence Lee-Rubis 42nd, Genevieve Donald 44th and Lydia Cross 48th.
Alex Hughes was a comfortable winner on a longer 4400m course with Daniel Munn second. Also doing well were Rory Hilton ninth, Max Roughton tenth, Aidan Suleyman 11th, Isaac Collier 13th, Zach Cleary 14th, and Mattie Gemmell 29th.
Maddie Hughes had a great battle with Jemima Ridly and just won in the final straight. Frankie Baxter was third, Ellie Shield fifth, Olivia Edwards sixth, Maddie Rae ninth, Lesedi Nkoane tenth, Tia Lomas 11th, Jo Snelling 13th, and Hannah Ashby 14th.
Thomas Redmond won the 5.1k Senior Boys race with Archie Pinder second, Euan Pinder third, Tom Askey fifth, Isaac Jessop-Tranter sixth, Sammy Bennetts seventh and Ethan McCall 18th.
Chiltern’s youngsters had a good day at the National Road Relay Championships at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday. A sunny day provided good conditions in this high quality event where all age groups tackle a 3.88k circuit through scenic Sutton Park, and the six Chiltern teams all did well (all A teams in the top 20) with the Under 13 Girls taking the plaudits with an excellent fifth place finish.
The Under 13s were the first race off and Kara Gorman had a great run of 14.09 on leg 1 to bring the team home in third place. Evelyn Wildman was 20 seconds faster than last year with 16.10 to finish in 10th place on leg 2, and Maya Davis had a fantastic run of 14.52 to gain five places. The B team of Nia Clarke (16.28), Carys Jones (18.20) and Megan Lockwood (17.17) finished 36th from 49 complete teams.
The U13 Boys A team was 12th courtesy of Tom Ford (13.46), Charlie Quantrill (14.33) and Jacob McCall (15.26). The B team that finished 36th featured good runs from Isaac McCall (15.08), Kit Dixon (16.03) and Luke Coultate (15.45).
There were two Chiltern U15 Girls teams in action, the A team of Olivia Clarke (15.26), Marlie Nkoane (14.57) and Emily Ford (15.23) were 20th and the B team of Lily Jessop-Tranter (15.389), Lucy Wilkinson (15.22) and Izzy Martin (15.54) were 28th. Issy Robinson ran leg 1 of an incomplete C team in 16.06.
Alex Hughes had a very strong run in the Under 15 Boys race of 12.41 to bring the team home in third. Daniel Munn kept a good tempo to run 13.13 on leg 2 to finish 7th and James Holdsworth ran 13.48 and the team ended up a creditable 11th. The B team of Isaac Collier (14.43), Aidan Suleyman (14.12) and Soren Fox (16.12) was 58th. Danny Carruthers ran 15.48 in an incomplete C team.
The U17 Women were 7th after very good runs from Maddie Hughes (13.30), Frankie Baxter (14.28) and Ellie Shield (15.12). The B team of Lesedi Nkoane (15.53), Hannah Ashby (16.53) and Marea Logan (16.39) were 39th.
Another good effort came from the U17 Men with the A team a very good 11th. Archie Pinder finished 12th on the very fast first leg (12.13), Thomas Redmond (12.15) made up two spots and Isaac Jessop-Tranter lost just one (12.50). The B team featured Leon Doran (12.40), Matt Evans (12.59) but Ash Finch was held on the line for 40 seconds before being allowed to depart so his 13.45 should be classed as 13.05. The B team were 32nd but would have been ten places higher up without the delay. The strength in depth of the U17s saw the C team 44th thanks to Euan Pinder (13.57), Sammy Bennetts (12.56) and Max Baxter (14.33).
Good Evening, Race Report fans. I hope you have had a good weekend. Once again, Harriers have been in ultra action. This time it was Dave Bellamy, taking on three gruelling days of the Atlantic Coast Challenge along the Cornish coast. Each day saw Dave take on more than 40km of running, from Padstow to Lands End, Friday to Sunday. Dave clocked very respectable times on all three days. Well done!
We are continuing to operate a more standardised monthly posting of training session details, and in order to locate the meeting points we are using: what3words.com to enable the accurate location of the car parking and meeting point for each training session during October:
TUESDAY NIGHTS - Ready to run at 7pm. The Tuesday night routes will be on reasonably quiet and well lit roads in Chesham and the surrounding area.