Chiltern Harriers continued their excellent league season with a third win out of three at a sunny but windy Stopsley Park on Saturday.
The club won by 300 points from Milton Keynes and Bedford, and go into the fourth round with an 1100 point lead.
The course around the park was flat and fast with excellent underfoot conditions but fairly long courses made each race a proper challenge.
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The Under 11s continued their good work. Kara Gorman recorded her third win and Nia Clarke was again second. Maya Davis ran well to complete the scoring in fourth and Carys Jones ran well for 8th.
The scorers in the U11 boys team that came second were Jacob McCall (7th), Isaac McCall (9th) and Kit Dixon (13th) and they were backed up by Luke Coultate in 17th.
The U13 Girls were the first of several teams affected by losing athletes to the ESAA Schools Cup final in Newquay. The team did very well to finish third and are second overall. Marlie Nkoane was 8th, Issy Robinson 12th, Megan Lockwood 14th, Anna Stoneham 31st and Charlotte Grosse 36th.
The U13 Boys were almost at full strength and completed a third successive win. Tom Ford took a second individual win and the other scorers were Felix Danielli (4th), James Holdsworth (5th), and Charlie Quantrill (9th). Also running well were Charlie De Sousa (23rd) and George Mawby (27th).
Emily Ford in 8th led in the Under 15 Girls team which came third and stay second overall. Also scoring were Lily Jessop-Tranter (15th), Alice Peckham (16th) and Jocelyn Davies (19th). Marea Logan was 20th and Olivia Clarke 21st.
Despite missing several athletes to Newquay, the Under 15 Boys still managed a win courtesy of Alden Collier (2nd), Rowan Gawne (6th), Alfie Clifford (15th) and Rory Hilton (17th). Max Roughton (20th) and Hari Mistry (25th) also did well. The team has a good lead with two matches left.
The Junior Women were a good second with Katie Repper (8th), Charlotte Docwra (9th) and Ellie Shield (18th) scoring. Grace Thorpe (21st) and Soraya Lockwood (23rd) also did well. The team take a narrow lead into match 4.
Excellent packing from the U17 Men led to an unexpected win. Laurie Gawne (6th), newcomer Ash Finch (8th), Sammy Bennetts (9th) and Jerry Anderson (10th) kept the team in an overall lead.
The Senior Women had their strongest team out in the campaign so far and the winning team was led in by Hannah Wardley who had her best ever league finish to be second. Other scorers were Alicia Bushell (14th), Ellie Bates (16th), Jessie Keighley (17th), Mairead O’Rourke (23rd) and Natalie Hallas (27th). Also running in a massive team were Christine Burroughs (34th), Sue Elliott (35th), Katie Royals (39th), Aleksandra King (46th), Abigail Askey (47th), Tessa Passey (49th), Sylvia Moss (52nd), Cathy Holloway (54th), Christine Taylor (67th), Jinaan Lockwood (68th), Miriam Kempson (81st), Lyndsey Bill (82nd), Jennifer Webb (85th), Fiona Williams (90th), Kathy Jessop (96th), Caroline Stephens (97th), Hannah Ryan (102nd), Belinda Bell (106th), and Fiona Calder (121st). The women are second overall.
The Veteran foursome of Mairead O’Rourke, Natalie Hallas, Christine Burroughs and Sue Elliott were second and are second overall.
The Senior Men had a few missing but still had an excellent match to be second and are second overall. Scoring were Richard Slade (2nd), Will Perkin (7th), Aran Davidson (11th), Louis Peterson (17th), James Palmer (28th), James Repper (30th), Tom Dixon (43rd), Adam Shute (60th), Neil Turner (67th) and Mike Turney (103rd). Also running were Chris Lower (122nd), Richard Moss (134th), Tom Robinson (152nd), Jon Taylor (154th), Glen Martin (172nd) and Trevor Brawn (214th).
The Vet quartet of James Repper, Tom Dixon, Neil Turner and Mike Turney were first and keep the lead. James and Tom were second and fifth V40s. The U20 runners, Louis Peterson and James Palmer, were fourth and the team are narrowly second to MK overall.
The club take a good lead into match 4 but good turnouts will be required to maintain the momentum and keep the title challenge going. The next match is at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on January 15th.