Good evening Race Report fans from Race Report HQ. I hope that you managed to dodge the rain this weekend and enjoy some almost-Spring-like running. Also, I am going to apologise up-front to anyone who might have been competing the British Masters Indoor track and field champs at Lee Valley. While Your Humble Race Reporter has a good deal of stamina, checking some 130 odd separate events was a bit too much even for her!
There were five Chiltern Harriers taking part in the England Athletics indoor champs at the EIS, Sheffield at the weekend.
Euan Pinder and Isaac Jessop-Tranter tackled U20 800m, Archie Pinder U20 1500m, and Emile Morti and Taye Awuku-Chan U15 60m hurdles.
Euan and Isaac were involved in 800m heats on Saturday. Issac was fifth in heat 2 in 1.59.21 and Euan ran a season’s best 1.56.82 to be third in heat 3. Unfortunately neither went through to the final.
Emile and Taye both ran in heat 1 of the 60m hurdles on Sunday. Both gained PBs, Emile second in 8.96 and Taye fifth in 9.34. Emile made the final and improved his PB again to 8.92 to be a very good fourth.
Archie Pinder was in a straight final in the U20 1500m on Sunday and ran well to be fifth in 4.10.48.
All five did very well in this top level of indoor competition.
Although it was a mild and sunny day, the underfoot conditions were extremely muddy at Oxford Horspath on Saturday for the final Chiltern League match of the season. Many described it as the muddiest race they had ever done and conditions got progressively trickier as the course cut up.
Chiltern Harriers went into the match 550 points behind Milton Keynes and, although the club took the win on the day, it wasn’t enough to close the gap and it ended up 17102 points to 16881 with Wycombe Phoenix 1000 points further back in third. Eighty-one club runners took part.
Emilia Ingham won the Under 11 Girls race to clinch the title for the season. The team ended up in sixth with Emilia often the only Chiltern competitor.
There was a full team however in the Under 11 Boys race and newcomers Thomas Cooper and Jonathan Kalibbala had good runs to be 12th and 21st. Jack Dixon was 23rd and the team was fourth. The team was eighth overall and Thomas Living, who didn’t run on Saturday, had already clinched third spot in the league.
The Under 13 Girls have been dominant this season and had another great match to secure the overall league win. Kara Gorman secured her fourth win, ensuring the individual title. Juliette MacDougall was second to confirm league silver and the other scorers were Nia Clarke in fourth and Maya Davis in sixth. Also running well were Annie-Rose Quantrill in ninth, Soraya Roughton tenth, Holly Knott 13th and Carys Jones 18th. Unfortunately Bea Robinson had to drop out. Nia and Maya ended up fourth and fifth overall.
The Under 13 Boys had a good match and did enough to move up a place into bronze medal spot. Logan Gaskell was seventh, newcomer Toby Reynolds an excellent 13th, Kit Dixon 19th and Jacob McCall 23rd to score as third team. They were well backed up by Isaac McCall 28th, Harrison Lawrence 31st, and Albert Rushton 41st. Logan ended the league season in fifth place with Zac Taylor 16th and Kit Dixon 18th.
Good packing has been the key to Chiltern’s U15 Girls keeping in silver medal place behind the MK juggernaut, and Saturday saw good runs by Megan Lockwood 10th, Evelyn Wildman 12th, Issy Robinson 13th, and Katie Allsop 16th, confirming second on the day and second overall. Lydia Cross was 26th and Mimi Daley 41st on debut. End of season league standings saw Issy ninth, Evelyn 12th and Megan 13th.
The other team apart from the U13 Girls to excel in the league were the Under 15 Boys, and a fifth consecutive win saw them clinch the league title. Tom Ford had a great run to win on the day and Edward Johnson (third), James Holdsworth (fifth) and Charlie Quantrill (sixth) completed the winning team. Also running well were Thomas Reynolds (eighth), Eddie O’Brien (13th), Dylan Rossi (25th), Charlie De Sousa (28th) and James Malin (32nd). In the final individual standings Tom was second, James fourth, Edward fifth, Thomas sixth and Charlie seventh.
The Junior Women have had a tough battle this campaign but won on the day to ensure the league victory. Frankie Baxter was fourth, Emily Ford sixth, and Maddie Rae 14th to score and they were backed up by Jo Snelling 18th, Lily Jessop-Tranter 23rd, Jocelyn Davies 31st, and Rebecca Lawson 32nd. Emily ended up fourth overall with Lily ninth, Roxie Jones 11th, and Rebecca 15th.
With fourth place on the day the Under 17 Men confirmed fourth spot overall. Jack Turner had a very good run to lead the team home in ninth and he was followed by Daniel Munn (12th), Callum Powell (16th), Rory Hilton (23rd) and Hari Mistry (26th). Overall Jack was 12th and Hari 18th.
By the time the senior women ran at 2.35pm the course was a swamp and even the leading runners were finding it a struggle. The Chiltern team were third on the day and second overall. Jessie Keighley led the team home in 21st with Charlotte Docwra (24th), Fiona Kelleher (25th), Orla Williams (32nd), Katie Royals (35th), and Jess Orr (38th) packing well to complete the scoring. Also flying the green flag on Saturday were Jenny Bizley 50th, Abi Askey 52nd, Sylvia Moss 59th, Claire Mistry 67th, Miriam Kempson 92nd, Harriet Lemon 93rd, Kathy Jessop 114th, Tamsin Finch 115th, and Fiona Calder 121st. The vets were eighth on the day courtesy of Jenny, Abi, Sylvia and Claire, finishing seventh in the league overall. In the final league senior standings Katie was eighth, Fiona ninth and Charlote 11th. Abi and Sylvia were 10th and 11th in the Vet 45 category and Mim fourth in the Vet 55s.
The Senior Men were bolstered by cameos from Harry Cox and Angus Wiliams, and Richard Slade recovered from his 5k PB at Armagh to win the race and secure the individual title after four wins in a row. Harry was third, Ash Finch tenth, Adam Shute 18th, Angus 19th, James Turner 34th, Tom Dixon 56th, Jonny Slade 58th, Neil Turner 60th, and Aran Davidson 84th after suffering with a stitch. Those scorers secured second place on the day and the seniors were fourth overall. Other good efforts on the day came from Mike Turney 94th, Ben Hannen 112th, Alan Crozier 124th, Richard Moss 139th, Ed Wright 168th, Frank Gaymond 179th, Glen Martin 180th, Neil Bates 186th, Clive Docwra 188th, and David De Sousa 192nd. Ash was first Under 20 on the day and the vets foursome of James, Tom, Neil and Mike were fifth. The U20s ended up fourth but the vets secured bronze medals for the season. And in the individual vets standings Adam Shute was third in the Vet 40 category, James Turner 7th. In the Vet 50s Neil Turner was second and Mike Turney was a convincing winner of the Vet 60 competition.
Chiltern won three of the five matches and completed another very strong Chiltern League season.
There was a good turnout of Chiltern athletes running for their schools at the Bucks Schools Cross Country Champs at Stowe School on Wednesday. There were a number of individual wins and several runners gained automatic selection for the Bucks Schools team for the English Schools Champs in Yorkshire in March. Many others put themselves in the frame as squad members.
The Year 5/6 girls race was won by Emilia Ingham who won the race overall and the year 6 component. Ingrid Bellwood was 12th overall and 3rd Year 5 and Elodie Bellwood was 18th overall and fifth Year 5. Thomas Cooper ran very well to be 14th in the Year 5/6 Boys race, 12th Year 6.
The Minor Girls (Year 7) race saw an emphatic win for Juliette MacDougall. Also well up in the field of 93 were Bea Robinson (5th), Holly Knott (8th), Soraya Roughton (9th), Annie-Rose Quantrill (12th) and Mala Bahia (17th).
The Minor Boys race saw the best run of the season for Zac Taylor who took an impressive win. Two newcomers ran well: Toby Reynolds was third and Harris Lawrence 13th.
Kara Gorman won the Junior Girls race and there was good packing from Maya Davis (4th), Nia Clarke (5th), Megan Lockwood (6th) and Evelyn Wildman (7th). Carys Jones was 26th from a field of 122.
The Junior Boys race was billed as 4k but strava revealed a circuit around 4.8k, so a tough ask for younger runners. There were many very good Chiltern performances on this tough course. Thomas Reynolds led the way in second and was followed by Charlie Quantrill (3rd), Logan Gaskell (5th), Eddie O’Brien (6th), Felix Danielli (9th), Hugo Mundy (13th), George Mawby (14th), Jacob McCall (24th), Kit Dixon (30th), Isaac McCall (32nd), and Theo Roughton (34th) from another field of 122.
The Intermediate and Senior Girls ran together on the same 4.8k route. The seniors tended to be towards the front of the race and there were 16 in total. Maddie Hughes (3rd), Frankie Baxter (4th), Ellie Shield (5th), Maddie Rae (9th) and Jo Snelling (10th) all did well.
There were 55 Intermediates running and the highest placed Chiltern athlete was Marlie Nkoane in 9th. Also competing were Katie Allsop (11th), Lily Jessop-Tranter (22nd), Ffion Harman (24th), Lydia Cross (27th), Issy Robinson who had a rare off day with breathing difficulties (28th), Abi Masters (29th), Rebecca Lawson (40th) and Isla Dalby (50th).
Intermediate Boys and Senior Boys also ran together, this time on a 5.6k route, testing for year 10s not used to the distance. Twenty-one seniors battled hard and Archie Pinder (4th), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (5th) and Euan Pinder (7th) all ran well.
Chiltern had a strong presence in the Inters and Alex Hughes took a good win, Aidan Suleyman was third, Edward Johnson fifth, Callum Powell seventh, Daniel Munn 11th, Rory Hilton 12th, Jack Turner 15th, Dylan Rossi 25th, Zach Cleary 27th, and James Malin 46th.
Good Evening, Race Report fans. Here in Race Report HQ we are gently dozing off the effects of yesterday’s Chiltern League. Congratulations to all the Harriers who took part in what can only be described as incredibly gruelling conditions. Keep watching the website for Steve P’s report. It’s also a doubly-impressive feat by those junior athletes who were in action at the Bucks Schools Cross Country Champs at Stowe School on Wednesday 7 February. You can find Steve’s report and pictures here. Furthermore, you can find reporting (and videos!) from last weekend’s SEAA Senior / U20 Indoor champs here, and from the Herts Schools Cross Country Champs at Verulamiam Park, St Albans, here.
Chiltern had four U20 men taking part in the 800m at Lee Valley at the weekend at the high level Southern Indoor Championships.
In heat 1 John Nickless ran a season’s best to be sixth in 2.01.43. In heat 2 the Pinder twins battled it out with Euan winning the race in 1.58.25 pipping Archie who logged 1.58.62. Issac Jessop-Tranter was second in heat 3 in 1.58.11 but only the winner of each heat was guaranteed a place in the final. All three fastest non-automatic qualifier spots were in heat 1 so unfortunately Archie and Isaac missed out.
In the final Euan ran well but was badly balked with 300m to go and finished sixth in 2.05.16.
There were several Chiltern athletes taking part in the Herts Schools XC Champs at Verulamiam Park, St Albans on Saturday.
The route moved from its usual part of the main park to an area around the golf course which gave the races a slightly different character.
Ash Finch was 11th in the Senior Boys race, after a break. James Holdsworth was 13th in the Intermediate Boys event, and there were three Chiltern runners involved in the Junior Boys race – Tom Ford was the winner with Max King 15th and Jack Martin 21st. Hector Gamblen was 14th in the Pre-Junior Boys event.
On the girls side Roxie Jones was 13th in the Senior Girls race, and Emily Ford (2nd) and Izzy Martin (7th) both had good runs in the Intermediate Girls race.
Good Evening, Race Report fans, on what feels like the first Sunday of the 2024 Spring road running season, with Chiltern Harriers putting in some sterling performances at the Watford Half.
However, we’ll start off with a couple of mentions from yesterday’s parkrun events. There were course PBs for Lizzie Barraclough (21.08 at Woodhouse Moor) and Isaac Taylor (21.35 at Black Park).
SEAA XC Champs
Kara Gorman gained yet another medal, placing third in the Under 13 Girls race at the Southern Cross Country Championships in Beckenham Kent. Kara will hope for more at the National and Inter Counties, and will be making her debut as a first-year Junior in the English Schools in mid-March.
New Year Open
U15 Owen Dersley opened his account with 44.72 in 300m indoors at Lee Valley. U20 John Nickless ran 53.43 for 400m and Isaac Jessop-Tranter 2.02.46 for 800m.
U17 Florence Lee-Rubis competed in the new Bunel Indoor Open on Jan 10th and jumped 4.72m in long jump and 9.81 in triple jump.
SEAA Indoor U13/15/17 Champs
U17 Abi Masters made a good start to her season by running 8.47 in 60m and 28.47 in 200m at the Southern Indoors at Lee Valley on Jan 13/14th. Ffion Harman ran 2.39.12 in 800m. Florence Lee-Rubis did a 4.85m long jump.
London Games, Lee Valley
On Jan 20/21st In the U20/Senior indoor meeting John Nickless and Toby Radbourne ran 800m. John ran 2.06.88 and Toby, making his debut, 2.27.12.
In the U13/15/17 meeting on the 27/28th Juliette MacDougall ran 2.37.24 for U13 Girls 800m on debut and Holly Knott won her heat in 2.40.06. The girls did further events, and Bronwen Harman and Bethan Lloyd also competed, but results are sketchy currently.
Good Evening Race report fans. This is a Race Report that features no races…. but some excellent running nonetheless. I help that like me you managed to enjoy some of the fine winter weather this weekend.