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