Chiltern Harriers had another solid league match at Stopsley Park, Luton on Saturday. The club were fourth on the day and remain third overall after three matches.
There were team wins for the U13 Boys, U13 Girls, U17 Men and Junior Women, and an individual win for U13 Alden Collier. Across all age groups eighty-three harriers faced the starter.
On a flat and reasonably firm circuit around Stopsley Park, the U11 Girls were first off. Only four Chiltern girls toed the line but all ran well to be third on the day, and the girls are second overall. Ellie Danner was 8th, Charlotte Grosse 11th and Keya Kara 30th to score with Gabby King 57th.
The U11 Boys were stronger and the scoring trio of Tom Ford (2nd), Charlie Quantrill (7th) and Zach Cleary (8th) all ran well to be narrowly second. After three matches Milton Keynes head Chiltern by just three points in a two-horse race. Also running well were Jacob Strutton-Smith (11th), Kody Gilbody (12th), Felix Danielli (17th), Hugo Mundy (23rd) and George Mawby (42nd).
The U13s were missing several runners but strength in depth meant team wins for both girls and boys. Zoe Gilbody ran with a bruised knee but still finished fourth. Lucy Wilkinson (6th), Olivia Clarke (10th) and Izzy Martin (11th) completed the scoring. Emily Ford (12th), Savarnah Pandya (19th), Beth Togneri (21st ) and Izzy King (46th) were the other Chiltern runners involved.
Alden Collier took an easy win for the boys and Rowan Gawne (5th), Gabriel Strutton-Smith (6th) and Rory Hilton (18th) completed the team win. Issa Phillips-Pope (25th) and Max Roughton (27th) also did well.
The U15 Girls, with virtually the whole team away on Schools Cup duty, consisted of just Annabelle Hilton who ran well for 19th. The U15 girls are fourth with two matches left.
The U15 Boys were also down on numbers but ran well for third. Angus Stoneham was third, Laurie Gawne (7th), Felix Palmer (17th) and Jerry Anderson (18th). The boys are third overall.
A great turnout from the Junior Women saw a good win. Orla Williams was fourth, Alicia Bushell fifth, and Katie Repper ninth to keep a narrow lead going into match 4. Completing the strong Chiltern presence were Millie Hughes (14th), Charlotte Gilbody (15th), Ella Peters (18th), Soraya Lockwood (23rd) and Jinaan Lockwood (27th).
The U17 Men also won with good packing from Alex Aldred (3rd), Alex Johnson (4th), Max McGarvie (5th) and James Palmer (7th). Luke Martin (8th) and Louis Peterson (13th) also did well.
The Senior Women continued their steady progress. The scorers on Saturday were Hannah Wardley (9th), Ellie Bates (10th), Louise Fry (17th), Sandra Reynolds (34th), Aleksandra King (39th), and Sue Elliott (41st). The team were third on the day and remain second overall. The Vets foursome of Sandra, Aleksandra, Sue and Christine Burroughs (44th) were third. A good turnout from the women saw further finishing positions as follows: Susan Jarman (45th), Sylvia Moss (53rd), Cathy Holloway (58th), Katie Royals (61st), Caroline Stephens (78th), Rashila Wanninayake (88th), Christine Taylor (89th), Miriam Kempson (94th), Harriet Lemon (98th), Fiona Williams (101st), Tamsin Finch (110th), Laura Gardner (115th), Ruth Holyroyd (116th), Angela Hughes (127th), and Fiona Calder (140th).
The Senior Men were sixth, led home by a great run by Richard Slade in fourth, backed up by Aran Davidson (19th), Cameron Reid (34th), Tommy Davies (42nd), Neil Turner (74th), Tom Dixon (90th), Alex Paul (96th), Alistair Melville-Smith (98th), Andrew Wiseall (107th) and Andy Hickman (130th). Cameron and Tommy were the U20 duo that came fifth, and the vets quartet of Neil, Alistair, Andy and Mike Worsfold (132nd) were eighth. Completing the men’s squad were: Matt Hipgrave (131st), Shaun Fry (150th), Paul McCarthy (154th), Glen Martin (176th), and Trevor Brawn (219th).
The fourth match is on January 11th at Keysoe where the junior squads should be back to full strength.