This year’s National Road Relays, as nail-biting as ever, saw monumental efforts from many Chiltern Juniors. Hosted in Sutton Park, a course notorious for its gradual inclines and never-ending finish, it wasn’t an easy task. Yet, as ever, the results show grit and drive from our Chiltern athletes.
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Chiltern Harriers had a good day at the first big competition of the autumn season, the SEAA Road Relays, back at its original home of Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot.
Chiltern took home two team medals with the U13 Girls winning silver and the U15 Boys bronze. Kara Gorman won the prize for fastest lap by an individual U13 Girl. There were also many good performances elsewhere.
It was a bright sunny day at Aldershot and there was a big turnout of the strongest endurance clubs in the south. The U13s and U15s ran a 3k circuit with the U17s going 4.6k.
There was a great battle between Chiltern’s A team and B team in the U13 Boys race. Luke Coultate led off for the As and ran 11.43 to Issac McCall’s 11.50. On the second leg Jacob McCall ran 11.58 with Jack Rodgers coming back with 11.51. So a great battle ensued on leg 3 with Kit Dixon (12.32) just edging it for the Bs from Isaac Taylor (12.33). The B team was 36th, the A team 37th. Also running well was Albert Rushton with 13.28 in an incomplete C team.
Kara Gorman ran strongly to win leg 1 of the U13 Girls race and her 10.33 remained the best time of the day in the age group. Nia Clarke had a great run to keep the team competitive on leg 2 with 11.40 and Maya Davis ran a gutsy last leg of 11.30 to push the team up to silver medal position. The B team of Annie-Rose Quantrill (12.52), Bea Robinson (12.05) and Carys Jones (13.42) did well to be 25th.
Aidan Suleyman continued his great recent form running 9.42. James Holdsworth kept the team in touch with 9.58, and Isaac Collier ran a great last leg of 9.47 to ensure bronze medal position. The U15s showed their strength in depth with three more teams doing well. The B team were 17th - Tom Ford (10.00), Charlie Quantrill (10.16), and Felix Danielli (10.53); the C team 35th – George Mawby (11.18), Eddie O’Brien (11.06), Thomas Reynolds (10.19); and the D team 55th – Zach Cleary (11.12), Charlie De Sousa (11.35) and Massimo Schiavi (12.26).
The A team of Issy Robinson (10.51), Lydia Cross (12.28) and Marlie Nkoane (11.21) were 20th with Evelyn Wildman running 11.49 in an incomplete B team.
Alex Hughes ran a great first leg for the A team of 14.12 to finish second. Isaac Jessop-Tranter (15.14) and Euan Pinder (15.48) completed the team that finished 10th. On the B team Callum Powell ran 16.11, Rory Hilton 16.56, and Daniel Munn 16.07 to be 35th, and Hari Mistry (18.35) and Jack Turner (17.48) were an incomplete C team.
The A team were 17th courtesy of Frankie Baxter (17.18), Emily Ford (18.12), and Lily Jessop-Tranter (17.37). Rebecaa Lawson ran 21.15 and Jocelyn Davies 21.42 in an incomplete B team.
Matt Evans was the sole senior man running 19.58 on the longer 6k circuit.
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).