SIAB Cross Country
Maddie Hughes in the Intermediate Girls and Alden Collier in the Intermediate Boys were representing England Schools at the SIAB International at Carmarthen on Saturday. The match features eight runners from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and is for the Junior and Intermediate age groups. On a fast course Maddie had a good run to be ninth, and seventh England runner in a field of over thirty. Alden suffered with a stomach muscle problem and finished 31st in his race.
Both get to keep their England kit from this prestigious high level event.
National Primary Schools Cross Country
There were two Chiltern winners at this event which has races for years 5, 6 and 7, and features teams from all over the country. The meeting was held at Market Harborough in Leicestershire.
The Bucks Swans team was organised by our own Becky McCall and the county did very well. Kara Gorman won the Year 6 Girls race comfortably after a poor start and Tom Ford, running for Herts, won the Year 7 Boys race. There were several other Chiltern runners taking part over a simple, flattish course in lovely spring sunshine.
The Year 6 Girls also featured good runs by Maya Davis (7th), Nia Clarke (23rd), and Carys Jones (79th). There were 149 finishers in total.
There were 138 runners in the Year 6 Boys race in which Jacob McCall was 51st, Luke Coultate 80th and Isaac McCall 82nd.
Unlike Kara, Tom Ford had the closest of battles, sharing the same time as the his fast-finishing rival and being awarded joint first, both well ahead of third. Also for Herts Jack Martin ran well to be 15th. Charlie Quantrill was 33rd running for Bucks Swans with Hugo Mundy 51st and George Mawby 91st. The Bucks Swans lads were silver medallists.
Evelyn Wildman was 38th in the Year 7 Girls race, third Bucks Swans girl home. The Team were an excellent third. Albert Rushton was Chiltern’s only runner in the Year 5 Boys race in 125th place.
The final big national cross country meeting of the season, the English Schools Championships, took place at Hop Farm, Kent on Saturday under blue skies and on a flat and firm course.
It was another very successful day for Chiltern athletes with Maddie Hughes, sixth in the Intermediate Girls race, and Alden Collier, fifth in the Intermediate Boys, winning selection to represent England in the SIAB (Schools International Athletic Board) race against Wales, Scotland and Ireland next Saturday in Wales.
The Intermediate Girls were the first race off on a 3.8k circuit and Maddie had another great run to finish sixth, securing her England spot for next week. And, in a pleasant surprise, the Buckinghamshire team won the team title, the first time a Bucks team has won in thie event in memory. Other Chiltern girls in this one were newcomer Allegra Massey, 73rd and fifth scorer, and Frankie Baxter 92nd and sixth scorer.
Next up were the Junior Boys on a 4.4k route with Bucks 24th team. First Bucks finisher was Daniel Munn in 50th, with Alex Hughes third scorer in 76th, Rory Hilton fifth scorer in 240th and Callum Powell sixth scorer in 255th.
The Junior Girls race of 3.2k saw a superb race for Hertfordshire Schools from Emily Ford who finished an impressive 13th. For the Bucks team that ran well to be fourth, Chiltern contributions came from Lily Jessop-Tranter in 100th and Marlie Nkoane in 153rd.
There were five Chiltern boys in the Bucks Intermediate Boys team that tackled 5.7k and they were a creditable sixth. Alden Collier, despite being a first year, ran an excellent race to be well up and fifth place is a superb effort. Alden will join Maddie in Carmarthen next Saturday in England colours. Also running well were Oakley Denson 77th, Euan Pinder 91st, Archie Pinder 103rd and Isaac Jessop-Tranter 189th.
The Senior Girls, running 4.4k, were eighth, continuing a very good day for Bucks. Holly Henderson was second scorer in 51st, Abbie Henderson fifth scorer in 101st and Olivia Edwards, after a fall near the start, eighth Bucks girl in 203rd.
The final race of the day saw the Senior Boys race 7k. James Palmer was 4th Oxfordshire scorer in 80th with Tom Emery 165th for Middlesex. The Chiltern lads in the Bucks team saw Louis Peterson first in 99th place, Ollie Meadowcroft third in145th in his first big race, and Laurie Gawne seventh in 252nd.
The most prestigious cross country meeting of the season, the National Inter Counties, took place at a sunny Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough on Saturday. Thirty-Five Chiltern athletes were representing their counties.
Underfoot conditions were quite good but there were still some very muddy sections to negotiate on the tough undulating circuit around the attractive park.
Highlight of the day was a win for Buckinghamshire’s U13 Girls with Kara Gorman having another great run to be sixth, and second scorer.
Earlier four Chiltern U20 men had competed in the first race of the programme. James Palmer had a good run to be first Bucks scorer in 44th place. Luke Martin was third scorer in 134th, Charlie Stone was fifth finisher in 162nd and Ben Jackson 172nd.
It was then time for the U13 Girls and, despite a poor start, Kara Gorman worked her way steadily through the field to a brilliant sixth spot. The four Bucks scorers were all in the top 20 so secured a memorable win.
Hannah Wardley took part in the Senior Women’s race despite suffering from sore calves recently. Hannah ran a solid race to finish 88th, second Herts scorer.
There were plenty of Chiltern lads in the U15 Boys race, including the Pinder twins running for Herts. For Bucks Alden Collier had a solid run to be 16th. Isaac Jessop-Tranter had a good outing to be third scorer in 79th, and Alex Hughes was fourth scorer in 97th. Daniel Munn was right behind Alex in 98th having been badly spiked at the start. Daniel gamely pressed on but needed four stitches in his foot after the race. Max Baxter was 182nd and Rory Hilton 233rd. For Herts Archie Pinder in 25th, and Euan Pinder in 28th both had great runs, being first and second Herts scorers. In the team stakes Herts were 9th, Bucks 12th.
Bucks U17 women were 8th and featured a strong Chiltern presence. Maddie Hughes had another top ten finish in a major race to be ninth. Holly Henderson was third scorer in 72nd and Abbie Henderson fifth finisher in 109th. Charlotte Docwra was 111th, Ellie Shield 138th and Alice Brown 162nd.
Next up were the U20 Women and Katie Repper was first Bucks scorer in 83rd but unfortunately Alicia Bushell did not finish due to hip problems.
Bucks U17 Men were 23rd and featured contributions from Jerry Anderson, fourth scorer in 158th and Sammy Bennetts in 219th.
Tom Ford had another excellent run to be ninth in the U13 Boys race, and first Herts scorer. For Bucks James Holdsworth was third Bucks scorer in 120th.
In the U15 Girls race Emily Ford had a great run to be first Herts scorer in 45th. Frankie Baxter was second Bucks scorer in 96th. Other Chiltern girls involved were Lily Jessop-Tranter, fourth scorer in 126th, Sofia Lomas, seventh finisher in 202nd and Jocelyn Davies eighth finisher in 222nd.
Finally the Senior Men took to the circuit with four Chiltern men in the team. Richard Slade completed his great winter season in 51st place, first Bucks scorer. Aran Davidson was third scorer in an impressive 105th and Neil Turner was 262nd but James Repper had to dropout with injury.
Chiltern Harriers Under 15 Boys carried on their successful winter season with an excellent win at the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday.
Despite it being a beautiful sunny day, the hilly courses soon cut up badly with plenty of lost shoes and fallers amongst the runners. Many runners in the Chiltern teams were taking part at this iconic venue for the first time.
First race off was the U17 Women and the Chiltern contingent ran very well to be a creditable fourth from eighteen teams. Running the big 5k loop, Maddie Hughes had another great race to be sixth. Holly Henderson was 41st, Charlotte Docwra 83rd and Abbie Henderson, suffering from a stitch, 94th to complete the scoring. Ellie Shield in 128th and Hannah Ashby 141st both ran well in a field of 274. Olivia Edwards started well but suffered two falls and a spiking before dropping out.
The Under 15 Boys were second on the programme and after a win at the Southern Champs in January were fancied to do well. Alden Collier had probably his best race of the winter to be second on the two lap 4k course. From a large field of 412 runners Daniel Munn was 40th, Euan Pinder 41st and Alex Hughes 74th to give a score of 157, well ahead of second placed Tonbridge. Archie Pinder was well placed but had a fall and had to settle for 96th. Also running well were Max Baxter 89th, Isaac Jessop-Tranter 90th, Rowan Gawne 174th, Callum Powell 250th, and Hari Mistry 194th.
Neither U13 team could complete a foursome but there were good efforts in both 3k races. Year 6 athlete Kara Gorman had another eye-catching run to finish a superb 5th for the girls with Issy Robinson 111th and Marlie Nkoane 117th completing the Chiltern presence. For the boys Tom Ford worked his way through the field well to be 15th and James Holdsworth in 37th and Charlie Quantrill in 137th both ran strongly.
The U17 Men had five out and were 16th from 23 teams. Ash Finch was first home over the tough 6k circuit in 86th and also scoring were Oakley Denson 108th, Laurie Gawne 163rd and Thomas Askey 220th. Sammy Bennetts was 241st.
Frankie Baxter lost a shoe, then a sock in the U15 Girls race early on and worked hard to stay upright. Carrying her ankle chip through the finish meant it didn’t register but Frankie finished about 100th. Meanwhile Emily Ford ran very well to be 34th and the scoring was completed by Lily Jessop-Tranter 145th, Izzy Martin 241st and Rebecca Lawson 315th.
Louis Peterson turned an ankle early on and had to drop out in the Junior Men’s race.
In the Senior Women’s race Emily Hollis made her Chiltern debut to be an excellent 250th from 1010 runners. Katie Royals also did well to be 354th. Fiona Williams was 808th. Ian Lawson was the sole Chiltern Senior Man and came 1138th from a giant field of 2087 runners.
As we all hoped, Saturday ended up with Chiltern Harriers winning the Division 1 overall title for the first time. After four wins in the first four matches, the club concluded the campaign in style winning the fifth match as well.
A very strange meeting at Shuttleworth College began with the announcement that trophy and medal presentations wouldn’t take place. The weather conditions, with strong winds and driving rain, were so poor at this point that no-one seemed to mind.
The first race saw a fifth consecutive win for Kara Gorman in the U11 Girls, with Maya Davis an excellent second and Carys Jones fourth. This small squad won on the day and secured the league team victory. Individually for the whole season it was a Chiltern 1-2-3 on the podium with Kara 1st, Nia Clarke 2nd and Maya Davis 3rd. Carys Jones was 6th.
The U11 Boys team was even smaller with just Kit Dixon in third place and Jack Rodgers 14th on debut, facing the starter. The duo were third on the day and the team were second overall for the season. Kit was fifth overall.
The Under 13 Girls had a good team out and were second on the day and second overall. The scorers were Marlie Nkoane (9th), Katie Allsop (11th), Evelyn Wildman (14th), and Issy Robinson (15th). Also running well in torrential rain were Anna Stoneham (29th), Lydia Cross (34th) and Charlotte Grosse (38th). Overall Marlie was the best placed Chiltern athlete in 7th with Issy 13th.
Tom Ford won the Under 13 Boys race, clinching the individual league title in style, and Felix Danielli had his best race of the season to be second. Charlie Quantrill in 5th and Hugo Mundy in 9th completed the scoring. There were good efforts from Aidan Suleyman (11th), George Mawby (18th) and Theo Roughton (28th). The boys won the team race on the day and the team league title. Overall in the top 20 were Felix Danielli 3rd, James Holdsworth 4th, Charlie Quantrill 8th, George Mawby 15th, and Charlie De Sousa 19th.
Another good turnout came from the Under 15 Girls led home by Frankie Baxter in fourth. Emily Ford (8th), Lily Jessop-Tranter (10th) and Sofia Lomas (13th) competed the scoring with good efforts from Jocelyn Davies (14th), Alice Peckham (16th), Sav Pandya (21st), Jo Snelling (21st), Genevieve Donald (25th), Rebecca Lawson (29th), Marea Logan (30th), and Ellie Gowers (32nd). In the top 20 for the season were Emily Ford 7th, Lily Jessop-Tranter 10th, Olivia Clarke 11th, Alice Peckham 12th, and Marea Logan 19th.
The Under 15 Boys dominated to take their fifth win and the league title. Alden Collier won the race to confirm him as league winner and the other scorers were Archie Pinder (2nd), Euan Pinder (4th), and Alex Hughes (5th). Max Baxter (6th), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (7th), Rory Hilton (9th), Callum Powell (14th), Hari Mistry (25th) and Danny Carruthers (28th) also ran well. In the final league standings Alex Hughes was 4th, Rowan Gawne 5th, Max Baxter 6th, Rory Hilton 10th, Max Roughton 15th and Hari Mistry 18th.
The Junior Women this season have been the best team in that age group that the club has produced, and there were nine Chiltern women on the start line out of a field of twenty. Maddie Hughes took the individual win thus ensuring the individual league title. Holly Henderson was 5th, Abbie Henderson 6th, Olivia Edwards 7th, Charlotte Docwra 9th, Ellie Shield 10th, Alice Brown 11th, Katie Repper 12th and Hannah Ashby 14th to conclude a great team effort, winning on the day and overall. The final league positions featured Holly 5th, Charlotte 6th, Abbie 7th, Alice 9th, Ellie 10th, Hannah 11th, and Grace Thorpe 13th.
There had been some delays on arrival for athletes with pressure on car parking. The Senior Men’s race was delayed by half an hour to allow for this. Although starting in sleet, the race concluded in bright sunshine. The Chiltern men had another good race but could not quite match a Bedford team that had several big guns in action to get them over the line. It was very close though with the final season scores 9809 to Bedford, 9735 to Chiltern.
Richard Slade concluded his great season, finishing second and thus clinching the league title. Before the race there were several men very close on points and the positions were rearranged with Will Perkin having his best finish in a senior league race to be fifth, thus ensuring the silver medal overall, moving up from fifth. Although Aran Davidson ran very well to be 10th, it bumped him from third to fifth in the overall standings. The other scorers on the day were Charlie Wood 13th, Louis Peterson 16th, Nick Hughes 25th, James Repper 31st, Tom Dixon 38th, Neil Turner 42nd, and Luke Martin 51st. Also contributing well were Ben Jackson 69th, Jamie Carruthers 83rd, Jonny Slade 105th, Richard Moss 107th, Ian Lawson 108th, Andy Wiseall 123rd, Ed Wright 133rd, Jon Taylor 144th, Neil Bates 152nd, Glen Martin 165th and Trevor Brawn 180th.
The Chiltern Veteran men won the match on the day courtesy of Nick Hughes, James Repper, Tom Dixon and Neil Turner. The Vets also won the overall league title. Nick was the Vet 50 winner and James Repper, Tom Dixon and Neil Turner were 2nd, 4th, and 6th in the Vet 40 standings respectively. Trevor Brawn was second Vet 70.
The Under 20 men were second thanks to Louis Peterson, Luke Martin and Ben Jackson, and after a tight battle all season were narrowly second to Milton Keynes overall. Individually overall James Palmer was second and Ben Jackson fourth.
During the men’s race rumours were circulating that the U17 men’s race and Senior Women’s race had been cancelled; the landowner having a problem with the match. Unfortunately there was no further racing, a great shame for all the young men and senior ladies who had travelled a long way to compete.
The Senior Women’s standings at the end of Match 4 remain with Chiltern second in both seniors and veterans. Individually Hannah Wardley was second in the Senior Women’s league with Ellie Bates seventh. Sue Elliott won the Vet 55 category with Miriam Kempson third, and several made the Vet 45 top ten: Abi Askey 4th, Cath Holloway 5th, Tessa Passey 6th and Sylvia Moss 8th.
The U17 Men’s league concluded with the Match 4 standings showing another Chiltern team win. Individually Laurie Gawne was silver medallist, Sammy Bennetts 10th, and Jerry Anderson 13th.
So an odd end to what has been a superb league season for the club with brilliant efforts from the athletes but helped by strong back up from team managers, coaches and officials.
A small group of Chiltern youngsters took part for their schools in the Herts Schools Cross Country Championships at St Albans on Saturday Feb 5th.
There were two wins, both courtesy of the Ford family. Tom ran well to win the Pre-Junior Boys (Year 7) race and Emily was first home in the Junior Girls event. Also in the Junior Girls was Izzy Martin who had a good run to be fifth. In the Junior Boys race James Holdsworth made his debut in this event to be 11th.
A record number of Chiltern athletes were running for their universities at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships at Horsenden Hill near Ealing yesterday.
This massive event has a long race and short race for both male and female athletes with each universities’ top runners in the long race. Each short race however had some superb athletes given the strength of some universities’ squads.
All the Chiltern women were in the short race and Emily Alderson (Loughborough) continued her great recent form to finish 63rd from 405 finishers. Also tackling the 6k circuit round a very muddy Horsenden Hill were Soraya Lockwood (Exeter) who was 218th, Lizzie Barraclough (231st) running for Leeds, coming back from a long period of injury and illness, and Jess Orr (Bristol) 299th.
In the men’s long race Seb Mills (Coventry) was 234th on a gruelling 10k circuit and Joe Day (Bristol) was 274th. The men’s 8k short race saw a good run from Harry Cox (Cambridge) to be 48th from a big field of 512. Angus Williams (Bristol) was 175th.
Over seventy Chiltern Harriers youngsters ran in the Bucks Schools Champs at Stowe School on Wednesday for their schools. There were some great results on the tough, hilly courses and several athletes are in contention to represent Bucks Schools at the English Schools Championships in Kent on March 19th.
The 1.6k Year 5/6 Girls race opened the programme and the Chiltern girls involved all did well. Kara Gorman won convincingly with Nia Clarke second, Maya Davis third and Carys Jones ninth. There was also a good Chiltern presence in the Year 5/6 Boys event with Jacob McCall fourth, Luke Coultate sixth and Isaac McCall seventh.
The Minor Girls race (Year 7) over 2k saw a good run from Evelyn Wildman to be second. Megan Lockwood was fifth. The Minor Boys race had several Chiltern lads well up – Felix Danielli was third, Charlie Quantrill fifth, Hugo Mundy eighth, George Mawby (12th) and Theo Roughton (29th).
The biggest race of the day was the 3k Junior Girls (Years 8 and 9) which had 154 finishers. Lily Jessop-Tranter had her best race of the season to be third and there were good top 20 efforts from Marlie Nkoane (6th), Katie Allsop (11th), Alice Peckham (17th) and Olivia Clarke (18th). Also involved were Jocelyn Davies (22nd), Issy Robinson (28th), Ffion Harman (33rd), Florence Lee-Rubis (38th), Lucy Wilkinson (45th), Anna Stoneham (49th), Lydia Cross (56th), Rebecca Lawson (72nd), Anna Dalgas (81st), Keya Kara (84th), Charlotte Groose (86th), and Eleanor Horne (91st).
Daniel Munn looked strong to win the 4k Junior Boys race with Ales Hughes second, Rory Hilton fifth, Callum Powell sixth, and Max Roughton tenth. Zach Cleary was 18th, Aidan Suleyman 26th, and Danny Carruthers 76th. There were 132 finishers.
For both girls and boys the Intermediates and Seniors ran together. This made for interesting racing across four year groups. In the 4k girls race Inter Maddie Hughes was the overall winner. Other Chiltern runners featuring well in the Intermediate standings were Frankie Baxter fifth, Allegra Massey sixth, Lesedi Nkoane eighth and Ellie Shield tenth. Jo Snelling was 12th, Hannah Ashby 13th, Marea Logan 15th, and Ellie Gowers 32nd from 47 finishers.
The Senior Girls race saw four finishers in 2020. This year the figure was 32, a very encouraging increase. Holly Henderson was the best placed Chiltern girl in second. Abbie Henderson was fourth, Charlotte Docwra seventh, Olivia Edwards eighth, Alice Brown 10th, Jinaan Lockwood 17th, and Jess Cook 23rd.
The Intermediate and Senior Boys ran over a tough 5.6k route. Again the individual winner was an Intermediate, in this case Chiltern’s Alden Collier. Archie Pinder was fourth, Oakley Denson fifth, Euan Pinder sixth, Isaac Jessop-Tranter ninth, Rowan Gawne 10th, Jerry Anderson 11th, Max Baxter 12th, Sammy Bennetts 14th, Ethan McCall 16th, Jamie Shepherd 27th, Sammy Whibley 30th, and Felix Palmer 35th. There were 61 finishers.
In the Senior Boys Finn O’Brien was fourth, Ollie Meadowcroft seventh, Laurie Gawne 10th, and Charlie Stone 13th from 33.
This year saw a new venue for the Southern Cross Country Championships, Beckenham Place Park in Kent. Chiltern Harriers had a good day in sunny but gusty conditions on a scenic course that had some sections with a quite hard surface. The finish was a tough long uphill grind.
The U15 Boys again took the main plaudits with an excellent team win. There were several other Chiltern teams in the top ten and several top ten individuals although no further medals.
The U15 Boys were the first race off and Alden Collier had a good run in fourth to lead the Chiltern team home. The other scorers were Euan Pinder (14th), Archie Pinder (15th) and Daniel Munn (25th). However the team’s strength in depth showed with Max Baxter (28th), Rowan Gawne (45th), Alex Hughes (51st) Isaac Jessop-Tranter (72nd), and Callum Powell (141st) all running well.
Next up were the U13 Girls and there was a good turnout from the Chiltern girls who finished a creditable fifth from 16 complete teams. Year 6 Girl Kara Gorman ran superbly in her first major championships to be sixth. Joining Kara in the scorers were Marlie Nkoane (33rd), Issy Robinson (83rd), and Megan Lockwood (90th), Also doing well were Evelyn Wildman (124th) and Lydia Cross (149th).
The U13 Boys also did well to be sixth with Tom Ford having a great run to be eighth. James Holdsworth (23rd), Charlie Quantrill (74th), and Zach Cleary (81st) completed the scoring.
Another top ten team finish came from the U15 Girls who were seventh. Frankie Baxter had a good run to be 16th, Emily Ford was 19th, Sofia Lomas 70th and Lily Jessop-Tranter 75th. Izzy Martin (85th), Jo Snelling (107th), Marea Logan (124th), Rebecca Lawson (148th) and Savarnah Pandya (151st) completed the Chiltern presence.
The Chiltern U17 men’s team was tenth. Ash Finch (46th), Laurie Gawne (61st), Thomas Askey (73rd) and Jerry Anderson (76th) were the scorers and Sammy Bennetts was 86th.
Maddie Hughes had a great run to be fourth in the U17 Women’s race with Ellie Shield running well to be 68th. James Palmer had a good run to be 33rd in the U20 men’s race.
Chiltern Harriers’ Chiltern League campaign goes from strength to strength.
The fourth match at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on Saturday saw a fourth consecutive victory and the club now lies 1600 points clear at the top of the league. All teams are in either first or second place. There were 106 club runners taking part.
It was an excellent performance across all teams with several individual and team wins. The courses at Campbell Park were as tough and hilly as usual and the weather was a big improvement on last Saturday’s county championships with better underfoot conditions.
The Under 11 Girls began things with an impressive 1-2-3, Kara Gorman winning by a big margin from Nia Clarke and Maya Davis. Carys Jones was close behind in 8th. The Under 11 Boys also took a team win courtesy of Kit Dixon (3rd), Jacob McCall (6th) and Isaac McCall (7th). The girls have a good lead with one match left, the boys lie in second.
The Under 13 Girls battled hard and were second with Marlie Nkoane (8th), Issy Robinson (12th), Evelyn Wildman (14th) and Katie Allsop (15th) scoring. Also running well were Anna Stoneham (24th), Megan Lockwood (25th), and Lydia Cross (32nd). The girls lie second overall.
Tom Ford scored another win in the Under 13 Boys race to consolidate his position at the top of the league. The team win was confirmed with Felix Danielli (3rd), James Holdsworth (4th), and Jack Martin (10th) being the other scorers. Completing the team were Charlie Quantrill (11th), Zach Cleary (12th), Aidan Suleyman (14th), Hugo Mundy (19th), Charlie De Sousa (29th), George Mawby (32nd) and Theo Roughton (33rd). The boys take a decent lead into match 5.
Frankie Baxter in fourth place led home the Under 15 Girls team that were second. Completing the scoring were Emily Ford (5th), Lesedi Nkoane (6th) and Lily Jessop-Tranter (10th). The girls are second league-to-date. Also having good runs were Olivia Clarke (11th), Alice Peckham (15th), Marea Logan (24th), Rebecca Lawson (31st) and Ellie Gowers (38th).
The Under 15 Boys were dominant as usual with Alden Collier winning to maintain his share of the league lead. The other scorers were Daniel Munn (2nd), Rowan Gawne (5th), and Alex Hughes (6th). The team also featured good runs from Max Baxter (7th), Rory Hilton (10th), Euan Pinder (11th), Max Roughton (18th) and Hari Mistry (25th). The team have a big lead in their division.
A fabulous turnout from the Junior Women saw another team victory with Maddie Hughes taking the individual win. Holly Henderson in fourth and Abbie Henderson in eighth completed the scoring. Charlotte Docwra was 9th, Olivia Edwards 10th, Hannah Ashby 12th, Katie Repper 15th, Alice Brown 16th, Ellie Shield 18th and Grace Thorpe 20th. The women lead the division going into the final match.
A depleted U17 men’s team battled hard to achieve second place thanks to Laurie Gawne 3rd, Sammy Bennetts 7th and Ash Finch 12th. The boys still lead overall going into match 5.
The Senior Women were second and are second overall, still very close to leaders Dacorum. Hannah Wardley continued her stellar season with her first ever Chiltern League win. Also in the scoring six were Ellie Bates (11th), Jessie Keighley (20th), Alicia Bushell (24th), Sarah Quantrill (26th) and Becky McCall (27th). The turnout was great as usual: Sue Elliott (28th), Katie Royals (30th), Cath Holloway (38th), Aleksandra King (40th), Tessa Passey (44th), Abi Askey (46th), Sylvia Moss (52nd), Jinaan Lockwood (62nd), Ella Watson (73rd), Christine Taylor (74th), Caroline Stephens (79th), Fiona Williams (83rd), Lyndsay Bill (92nd), Claire Dickinson (98th), Tamsin Finch (104th), Kathy Jessop (106th), Hannah Ryan (108th), Belinda Bell (111th), and Fiona Calder (124th). The Veteran team of Sarah Quantrill, Becky McCall, Sue Elliott and Cath Holloway were second and are second overall.
The Senior Men have had a great season but this was perhaps the best performance to date, with a great team win bringing the team very close to league leaders Bedford and County. The scorers were all in the top 50: Richard Slade (3rd), Aran Davidson (5th), Will Perkin (9th), Charlie Wood (11th), James Palmer (13th), Nick Hughes (21st), Finn O’Brien (23rd), James Repper (30th), Tom Dixon (43rd) and Angus Williams (48th). Also having great runs were Neil Turner (51st), Max McGarvie (52nd), Ben Jackson (56th), Adam Shute (66th), Mike Turney (100th), Richard Moss (125th), Ian Lawson (142nd), Chris Lower (146th), Ed Wright (166th), Neil Bates (186th), Tim Hipgrave (193rd), Dominic Schulte (202nd), Phil Damas (217th), John Coutts (219th), and Trevor Brawn (236th).
The Veteran team also won with Nick Hughes, James Repper, Tom Dixon and Neil Turner scoring. The vets lead overall. The Under 20 scorers were James Palmer, Finn O’Brien and Angus Williams. The team was second and are narrowly second league-to-date.
The final match is at Shuttleworth College on February 19th, where another good performance could lead to the club’s first ever Chiltern League win.