Kara Gorman continued her great winter form to win the individual bronze medal in the U13 Girls race at the Southern Cross Country Championships at Beckenham on Saturday. Kara led home a strong Chiltern quartet that was fourth from twenty-two complete teams. Maya Davis was 27th, Nia Clarke 33rd and Evelyn Wildman 69th to complete the scoring.
Earlier the Under 15 Boys had put in a good performance to finish seventh team from twenty-seven. Alex Hughes was 11th, Callum Powell 46th, Daniel Munn 47th and James Holdsworth 58th.
There was a similarly good result for the Under 15 girls with Emily Ford in sixth and in-form Lucy Wilkinson in seventh both running superbly to break into the top ten. The remaining scorers in the team that came fifth from twenty-two were Issy Robinson 67th and Marlie Nkoane 74th. The girls were only fourteen points off the podium. Olivia Clarke in 104th and Rebecca Lawson in 121st also ran well.
There was another top ten run from Thomas Ford on the Under 13 Boys race, finishing an excellent fifth. Thomas Reynolds continued his good big-race progress with a very good twentieth.
In the Under 17 Women’s race Frankie Baxter in 16th and Ellie Shield in 22nd both had great runs. The Under 17 Men did well to come eighth team. Archie Pinder was 31st, Ash Finch 33rd, Leon Doran 56th, Sammy Bennetts 74th, Matt Evans 88th and Euan Pinder 120th.
Chiltern League stalwarts Louis Peterson and James Palmer both had good runs in the U20 Men’s race, Louis finishing 24th and James 39th. Ian Lawson was 471st in the Senior Men’s race.
Chiltern Harriers had a great day at Campbell Park on Saturday, winning the fourth match in the series and providing a buffer of 300 points going into the season finale at Keysoe in February.
After early heavy rain the weather improved but the course became increasingly muddy and treacherous as the day wore on.
The Under 11 girls began proceedings and Annie-Rose Quantrill in fourth and Soraya Roughton in sixth scored enough points to secure fourth. The team are second going into match 5. The Under 11 boys were third and are second season-to-date. Thomas Living was second, Hector Gamblen 14th, and Jack Rogers 18th, with Max MacDonald 19th, Zac Taylor 24th and Jack Dixon 36th.
Junior teams were back to more-or-less full strength and the Under 13 girls recorded a good win. Kara Gorman recorded her fourth win, thereby securing the league title. Also scoring were Maya Davis in third, Nia Clarke in fifth and Evelyn Wildman in eighth. Completing the small but talented team were Megan Lockwood in ninth and Carys Jones in 14th. After four matches the girls are narrowly second to St Albans with all to play for in the finale.
Tom Ford in second led home the victorious Chiltern U13 boys contingent with Charlie Quantrill sixth, Eddie O’Brien 13th and George Mawby 14th completing the scoring. Also running well were Jacob McCall 18th, Isaac McCall 19th, Theo Roughton 23rd, Kit Dixon 24th, and Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmid 33rd. The team have a small lead going into match 5.
In the Under 15 girls race Emily Ford scored a memorable win to complete four victories and clinch the overall title. Backing Emily up were Lucy Wilkinson in third, Issy Robinson seventh and Marlie Nkoane tenth. Olivia Clarke in 14th, Alice Peckham in 16th, and Rebecca Lawson in 22nd also ran well. The team were second to MK by a point and are just three points behind MK overall.
Back to full strength, the Under 15 boys powered to a good win. Alex Hughes won the race with Daniel Munn third, Callum Powell fourth and James Holdsworth fifth scoring. Also well up were Rory Hilton in tenth, Aidan Suleyman 12th, Max Roughton 15th, Toby Pullen 21st, Zach Cleary 22nd, Dylan Rossi 27th, Mattie Gemmell 30th, Charlie De Sousa 34th, and Danny Carruthers 35th. The team are second overall but too far behind leaders Bedford to catch up.
The Junior Women’s team won this match but are fourth overall. A place on the podium is still possible. Maddie Hughes in second, Frankie Baxter third and Ellie Shield ninth were the scorers, with Lesedi Nkoane in 14th, Hannah Ashby 19th and Ellie Gowers 30th completing the team.
A small Chiltern contingent did very well at Cassiobury Park, Watford on Sunday in the Herts Cross Country Championships. In awful conditions which featured frequent heavy showers, Chiltern managed two individual wins and a team bronze.
Tom Ford won gold in the Under 13 Boys race with Emily Ford also victorious in the Under 15 Girls race. Izzy Martin was ninth in the Under 15 Girls race, Callum Powell was fourth in the Under 15 Boys event and the trio of Ash Finch (5th), Leon Doran (8th) and Euan Pinder (11th) won team bronze in the U17 Men’s category. Senior Woman Hannah Wardley was seventh in her race, securing an Inter Counties spot.
Chiltern Harriers had a very successful Bucks Championships on Saturday at a grey and windy Ampthill Park in Bedfordshire. There were individual wins for Soraya Roughton (under 11 girls), Kara Gorman (under 13 girls), Maddie Hughes (under 17 women), Alex Hughes (under 15 boys), James Palmer (under 20 men), George Brown (senior men), and Nick Hughes (vet 50 men) and team wins for the Under 13 Girls, Under 17 Women, Veteran Women, Under 13 Boys, Under 15 Men, Senior Men and Veteran Men.
There were also several other individual medallists and other Chiltern teams that were in the top three. Several athletes obtained qualification to take part for Buckinghamshire in the National Inter Counties Championships on March 11th at Loughborough. The courses at Ampthill were hilly and varied in terrain but generally drier than expected after recent rain.
The first race was the Under 11 Girls and Soraya Roughton had a great run to win with debutant Holly Knott third, Branwen Harman ninth and Emilia Ingham tenth. The team was second.
The Under 13 Girls race was a great result for Chiltern with the club filling the first four places. Kara Gorman won the race, with Evelyn Wildman (second), Maya Davis (third) and Nia Clarke (fourth) completing the scoring. Also running well were Megan Lockwood in sixth and Carys Jones in 11th. The Under 13 Boys were also team winners with Thomas Reynolds (second), Charlie Quantrill (third), Felix Danielli (fifth), and Hugo Mundy (tenth) being the scoring four. Also running well in a strong team were Jacob McCall (11th), Isaac McCall (12th), Theo Roughton (13th), Eddie O’Brien (14th), Luke Coultate (15th), and Vadym Poltorak (19th).
The Under 15s continued the strong performances. The girls were second to the very powerful MK team. Leading the scorers was Lucy Wilkinson in fourth, backed up by Issy Robinson (ninth), Katie Allsop (tenth) and Marlie Nkoane (13th). Other good efforts came from Alice Peckham (15th), Jocelyn Davies (17th), Rebecca Lawson (20th) and Abigail Masters (28th).
The Under 15 Boys gained a convincing win with Alex Hughes being individual winner and Daniel Munn (second), James Holdsworth (fourth) and Aidan Suleyman (fifth) completing the scoring. Rory Hilton was sixth, Max Roughton seventh, Zach Cleary ninth, Dylan Rossi tenth, and Mattie Gemmell 14th.
The U17 and U20 Women run together and the Chiltern team were easy winners with Maddie Hughes winning the race narrowly from Frankie Baxter, and Allegra Massey in fourth completing the scoring. Ellie Shield was sixth, Maddie Rae eighth, Sofia Lomas 12th, Jo Snelling 13th, Annabelle Hilton 16th and Ellie Gowers 20th.
The U17 and U20 Men also compete together. In the U17 part of the race Thomas Redmond won silver with Matt Evans seventh and Sammy Bennetts ninth. James Palmer was seventh overall and first U20 and Henry Webb was fifth U20. U20 Tom Emery was well paced but had to withdraw after rolling an ankle.
The Senior Women did very well missing team gold by just one point and the Vets were team winners. In a small race the Chiltern scorers were Bex Nkoane in second, Ellie Bates fourth and Katie Royals fifth. The winning Vets threesome was Bex, Abi Askey ninth and Tamsin Finch 12th. Miriam Kempson was third in the Vet 55 race.
The Senior Men had a convincing win and filled the podium. George Brown won on the tough, 10k course with Will Brown second and Richard Slade third. Making up the six scorers were Aran Davidson in sixth, Alex Aldred in eighth, and Nick Hughes in 11th. Nick won the Vet 50 category and lead home the victorious Vets quartet of Neil Turner 18th, Michael Turney 21st and Ian Lawson 29th. Adam Shute was 13th and Jonny Slade 28th.
Several Chiltern youngsters were taking part in the Southern Inter Counties championships at Oxford Horspath on Saturday. This is a high calibre meeting with some of the strongest counties in the country involved.
On a very cold but sunny day, Buckinghamshire won the U17 Women’s race convincingly with two Chiltern runners amongst the scorers, and two others in the top thirty.
The U13 Girls also featured a strong Chiltern presence with all four Buckinghamshire scorers coming from the club. Kara Gorman was tenth, Evelyn Wildman 24th, Nia Clarke 33rd and Carys Jones 66th. The team were sixth.
Tom Ford had a good run for Hertfordshire in the U13 Boys race coming 18th and was second Herts scorer in the team that came fifth. Amongst the Bucks team that was eighth, Charlie Quantrill was second scorer in 38th, Felix Danielli third scorer in 57th and Jacon McCall fourth scorer in 82nd. Isaac McCall was 106th.
Emily Ford ran well for ninth and was the leading Herts runner in the U15 Girls race. Lily Jessop-Tranter running for Bucks was 80th. The Bucks U15 Boys were twelfth and saw a good Chiltern turnout: Rory Hilton was second scorer in 71st, James Holdsworth third in 74th, and Aidan Suleyman fourth in 89th. Isaac Collier was 105th and Soren Fox 109th. Alex Hughes started the race but soon had to pull out after being very badly spiked early on.
The Bucks U17 Women had a great race with Maddie Hughes first scorer in fifth, Frankie Baxter second scorer in seventh. Also running very well were Allegra Massey fifth Bucks in 17th and Ellie Shield sixth Bucks in 28th, emphasising the strength of the county in this age group currently.
In the U17 Men’s race Archie Pinder ran well to be second Herts scorer in 18th. The team was fourth. Euan Pinder was sixth Herts finisher in 52nd.
Several Chiltern athletes took part for their schools in the English Schools Cross Country Cup Final at the Grammar School at Leeds on Saturday. The highlight was a victory for the Dr Challoner’s High School Senior Girls team, composed entirely of Chiltern athletes. See Senior Girls race on Vinco
There were several local schools that had made the final, with hefty contributions from Chiltern Harriers. On fast, firm, gently undulating courses the weather was dry so good conditions for fast running.
DCHS featured good efforts from Evelyn Wildman (42nd) and Maya Davis (63rd). Maya had been ill all week and would normally have been much higher. The DCHS team was 18th from 27.
The DCGS team was a creditable fifth, helped by good efforts from Charlie Quantrill (15th), Felix Danielli (41st), Isaac McCall (95th) and Eddie O’Brien (131st). Luke Coultate had to pull out with illness.
Alice Peckham was second Chesham Grammar scorer in 54th place in the team that came 20th.
All five DCGS boys in the team that finished eighth are Chiltern runners. Alex Hughes was 13th, Daniel Munn 44th, Rory Hilton 58th, Aidan Suleyman 78th, and Mattie Gemmell 136th.
The DCHS Senior Girls had great runs to secure a win with 71 points, ahead of Bradford Grammar on 84 and Thomas Telford, Shropshire on 86. Maddie Hughes had a great run to be second with Frankie Baxter fifth, Ellie Shield 15th, Lesedi Nkoane 49th and Hannah Ashby 60th. The Wycombe High team that came eighth featured good efforts from Jo Snelling (66th), Tia Lomas (78th) and Sofia Lomas (80th).
See Senior Girls Race on Vinco
The Chesham Grammar team did well to be 12th, helped by strong runs from Archie Pinder (23rd), Euan Pinder (40th), and Sammy Bennetts (57th). The DCGS team were badly affected by illness and injury and only fielded three runners. Isaac Jessop-Tranter was 101st and Max Baxter 130th but Thomas Askey (injury) and Thomas Redmond (illness) could not run. Tom Emery was 28th running for Harrow School.
Chiltern Harriers remained competitive at Stopsley Park Luton on Saturday and go into the penultimate match still holding a slight lead. The club were second on the day to Milton Keynes who are now just 34 points behind. There were individual wins for Kara Gorman and Emily Ford and team wins for the U15 girls and U17 men. There were 62 Chiltern finishers.
On a chilly, grey day, there were solid performances all round on the mostly flat courses despite several athletes away at the Schools Cup final and others not available due to illness.
The U11s did well with the girls having their best match so far. Soraya Roughton was fourth, Annie-Rose Quantrill fifth, Emilia Ingham 16th and Mala Bahia 17th to tie with MK for the win. The team are second after three matches. The boys also did well with Thomas Living having his best run yet to be second. Hector Gamblen was sixth and Jack Rogers 16th. The boys were second on the day and are second overall.
The U13 girls had just two runners but Kara Gorman with the win and Nia Clarke, third, still scored enough points to be third. The team are third overall. The U13 boys were similarly short but Kit Dixon (16th), Jacob McCall (18th), and Theo Roughton (26th) all ran well for sixth. The team are second league-to-date and should be stronger next time.
The U15 girls had a really good team out and scored a team win courtesy of race winner Emily Ford, Lucy Wilkinson, having her best race of the season to be third, Marlie Nkoane eighth, and Katie Allsop 11th. Also running well were Lily Jessop-Tranter (14th), Jocelyn Davies (15th), Rebecca Lawson (26th), and Keya Kara (34th). The girls are narrowly second to MK after three matches. James Holdsworth ran well for third in the U15 boys race and the remaining scorers were Zach Cleary (16th), Danny Carruthers (21st), and Charlie De Sousa (25th). The boys were second and are second with two matches remaining.
Charlotte Docwra was the only Chiltern junior woman but ran well for 14th. The team are sixth so far but should be much stronger next time and could still get on the podium. The U17 Men scored a win despite only fielding three runners. Alden Collier in third, Matt Evans seventh, and Leon Doran ninth all ran well.
The Senior Women had a good team out and were second on the day. They still lead going into Match 4. Hannah Wardley continued her consistent season in sixth and was backed up by Bex Nkoane 11th, Finola Watkins 18th, Ellie Bates 25th, Katie Royals 32nd and Ali Young 36th. Completing the team were Fiona Kelleher 38th, Cathy Holloway 59th, Helen Cholawo 60th, Sylvia Moss 64th, Kate Paxton 92nd, Jennifer Webb 96th, Miriam Kempson 107th, Tamsin Finch 112th, Kathy Jessop 128th, and Fiona Calder 153rd. The Vets foursome of Bex, Ali, Cathy and Helen were third and the team are third overall.
The Senior Men ran well but were up against very strong teams from MK and Bedford and had to be content with third. Scorers were Richard Slade, second, Will Brown third, George Brown fourth, Aran Davidson 17th, James Palmer 22nd, Louis Peterson 23rd, Tom Dixon 34th, Alex Paul 76th, Neil Turner 95th and Michael Turney 103rd. Also running well were Richard Moss (117th), Jonny Slade (129th), David Williams (166th), James Grant (170th), Neil Bates (202nd), and Trevor Brawn (229th). The U20 duo of James and Louis were second and third individually and second team. The team have a big lead overall. The Vets team were fifth: Tom, Neil, Michael, Richard. The Vets are third. Nick Hughes leads the Vet 50 standings as does Trevor Brawn in the Vet 70s.
The season looks to be heading for an exciting conclusion and it will need good turnouts at the last two matches to ensure the club can compete to retain the league title. Match 4 is at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on January 14th.
There were some great runs from Chiltern youngsters at the Schools Cup Regional Round at Stowe School on Saturday where places at the National Final were up for grabs. There were thirty-nine Chiltern athletes taking part for their schools.
The DCHS team were second and through to the final. The team featured excellent efforts from Maya Davis (2nd) and Evelyn Wildman (5th). Chesham Grammar did not go through but Nia Clarke (6th) was their leading runner.
Charlie Quantrill (4th), Isaac McCall (12th), Eddie O’Brien (18th), and Luke Coultate (25th) ran well for DCGS who make the final. Theo Roughton had a good run for RGS in 23rd.
Chesham’s girls did well to be second. Olivia Clarke (7th), Issy Robinson (9th), and Alice Peckham (22nd) were part of the team. DCHS did not make it despite good runs from Rebecca Lawson (18th), Keya Kara (37th) and Lydia Cross (39th).
Alex Hughes (2nd), Daniel Munn (3rd), Rory Hilton (12th) and Aidan Suleyman (16th) were the scorers in the DCGS team that came third. Max Roughton (19th) and Isaac Collier (21st) featured for RGS, Aylesbury Grammar’s Zach Cleary was 25th and DCGS’s Mattie Gemmell was 27th.
DCHS’s all Chiltern team won comfortably thanks to Maddie Hughes (1st), Frankie Baxter (3rd), Ellie Shield (4th), Lesedi Nkoane (6th), Olivia Edwards (7th) and Hannah Ashby (14th), Maddie Rae was 13th for Piper’s Corner and Sofia Lomas (15th), Jo Snelling (16th) and Tia Lomas (17th) were in the Wycombe High team that came second.
The Senior Boys race was a high quality affair and the DCGS team was second to Abingdon (who were second in the National Final last year). Tom Redmond was 3rd, Isaac Jessop-Tranter 14th, Tom Askey 27th, and Max Baxter 37th. Chesham also qualified for the final in third and Archie Pinder 6th, Euan Pinder 7tth, Sammy Bennetts 20th all ran well.
Chiltern Harriers had another excellent day at the second Chiltern League match of the season at Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes on Saturday. The match, also incorporating an international for seniors and U20s, and the second round of the UKA Cross Challenge competition, saw some of the best runners from around the UK taking part.
In sunny conditions and on a dry fast course the Chiltern team did very well, narrowly second overall on the day but with wins in Senior Men’s, U20 Men’s, U17 Men’s, and U13 Boys races. There were 71 finishers for the club. The juniors were affected by several regulars running for their schools in ESAA Schools Cup Regional Rounds.
The U11 Girls were second team on the day and are third overall. There were good runs from Soraya Roughton (9th), Emilia Ingham (16th) and Mala Bahia (20th). The U11 Boys were second and stay second overall. Thomas Living was fifth, Hector Gamblen 13th, Albert Rushton 27th and Jack Dixon 33rd.
Kara Gorman provided the Chiltern highlight of the day with a great run in the U13 Girls race to win both the Chiltern League and the Cross Challenge. Joining Kara in the Chiltern team was Carys Jones who ran well for 16th. These two managed fifth and the team are second overall.
The U13 Boys team were missing some strong runners due to Schools Cup but still achieved an impressive win courtesy of scorers Tom Ford (3rd), Felix Danielli (8th), Kit Dixon (12th) and Jacob McCall (13th). Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmid also had a good run to be 20th.
The U15 Girls had a solid team out and were second on the day, second overall. Emily Ford gained another impressive individual win and the other scorers were Lily Jessop-Tranter (7th), Jocelyn Davies (16th) and Izzy Martin (17th). Katie Allsop also ran well for 18th.
The U15 Boys were hard hit by the Schools Cup, but the team on the day still manged fourth and they are second overall. James Holdsworth was 9th, Callum Powell 12th, Dylan Rossi 34th, Danny Carruthers 37th and Charlie De Sousa 40th.
The Junior Women were also affected by Schools Cup but had three scorers - Charlotte Docwra (12th), Alice Brown (16th) and Ellie Gowers (35th). The team was seventh and is third overall.
The U17 Men had just four runners, but all did excellently to score an unexpected win. Ash Finch was 3rd, Matt Evans 9th, Leon Doran 10th, and John Nickless 18th.
Although the Senior Women were fourth they retain their league lead. Hannah Wardley ran well for 6th and was backed up by in-form Katie Royals (19th), Finola Watkins (26th), Fiona Kelleher (28th), Orla Williams (39th) and Tessa Passey (50th). The scorers in the Vets team that were fourth were Tessa, Cathy Holloway (52nd), Helen Cholawo (54th), and Sylvia Moss (62nd). The other team members were Abi Askey (67th), Lyndsey Bill (94th), Jennifer Webb (102nd), Miriam Kempson (105th), Fiona Williams (127th), Laura Gardner (129th), Harriet Lemon (135th), Kathy Jessop (138th), Ella Watson (1548th) and Fiona Calder (159th).
The Senior Men had a great day with a narrow win over strong opposition from MK, Bedford and Wycombe. The scorers were Richard Slade (3rd), Will Brown (5th), George Brown (7th), Aran Davidson (14th), James Palmer (20th), Louis Peterson (25th), Nick Hughes (36th), Tom Dixon (38th), Angus Williams (40th) and Adam Shute (55th). The U20s also won thanks to James, Louis, and Angus. The Vets team of Nick, Tom, Chris Gloster (133rd) and Richard Moss (141st) were fourth and lie second overall. A great turnout was completed by Alex Paul (64th), Jack Lawther (132nd), Jonny Slade (142nd), Pablo Fuentes (152nd), Ian Lawson (167th), Matt Hipgrave (168th), Henry Webb (172nd), Ben Hannen (189th), and Trevor Brawn (256th). Nick was first Vet 50 and Tom fourth Vet 40.
The third match is on December 3rd at Stopsley Park Luton
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