Chiltern Harriers had a great day at Keysoe in the fourth, and penultimate, match of the cross country league season.
On soft courses that got increasingly muddy as the day went on, the senior women and juniors scored great points to move up their respective divisions. The club were fourth on the day and retain third place overall with one match remaining. The match acted as Chiltern Harriers club championships for the juniors, so there was added spice to some of the contests.
The inexperienced U11 teams continue to impress, both coming second, and retaining second place after four matches. For the girls Marlie Nkoane was 10th, Ellie Danner was 14th and Charlotte Grosse 17th. Also doing well were Evelyn Wildman 23rd, Katie Allsop 31st and Keya Kara 52nd. In the boys match Tom Ford was 4th, Zach Cleary 5th and Charlie Quantrill 9th. The boys team are just nine points behind Milton Keynes so still have a chance to catch up. Good efforts also came from Kody Gilbody (10th), Felix Danielli (12th), Charlie De Sousa (15th), Hugo Mundy (16th), and Jacob Strutton-Smith (19th).
The U13s were back to almost full strength and both had comfortable wins. The girls won by 30 points, pulling ahead of rivals Bedford and County. The scorers were Zoe Gilbody (1st), Frankie Baxter (2nd), Marea Logan (5th) and Lily Jessop-Tranter (8th). Further good runs came from Savarnah Pandya (16th), Olivia Clarke (17th), Emily Ford (20th), Beth Togneri (24th), and Rebecca Lawson (37th).
The boys had a fourth consecutive win and have an unassailable lead. Max Baxter took his first Division 1 win and was backed up by Alex Hughes (3rd), Archie Pinder (4th), and Isaac Jessop-Tranter (6th). In a very strong team performance other great runs came from Rowan Gawne (10th), Leon Doran (11th), Daniel Munn (14th), Gabriel Strutton-Smith (15th), Callum Powell (20th), Rory Hilton (24th), Alfie Clifford (25th), Sammy Whibley (29th), Danny Carruthers (32nd) and Issa Phillip-Pope (39th).
The U15s continued the Chiltern winning habit, with the girls winning well and moving up from fourth to second overall. Holly Henderson was 2nd, Abbie Henderson 4th, Maddie Hughes 6th and Alice Brown 8th. More good runs came from Ellie Shield in 12th and Charlotte Docwra 14th.
After his U15 County Champs win last weekend, Thomas Askey secured another victory. Thomas was backed up by Thomas Redmond (2nd), Angus Stoneham (7th) and Oakley Denson (8th). The team was completed by Laurie Gawne (13th), Sammy Bennetts (15th), Zak Fisher (22nd) and Jamie Shepherd (28th).
The Junior Women were narrowly second on the day but retain a small 11-point lead going into the final match. Alicia Bushell was 3rd, Katie Repper 7th and Soraya Lockwood 16th. A good turnout was completed by Millie Hughes (17th), Jinaan Lockwood (22nd), Ella Peters (23rd), and Ella Watson (32nd).
The U17 Men ran very well to secure a win and have a good lead going into the final match. Max McGarvie had his best run of the season to be 3rd, Alex Aldred was 4th, Ben Jackson 8th and Ben Hunter 9th.
The Senior Women were second and are second overall. Scorers on Saturday were Ellie Bates (9th), Bex Nkoane (10th), Louise Fry (16th), Ali Young (27th), Lena Ni Chiobhain (29th), Sarah Quantrill (32nd), and Christine Burroughs (46th). The Vets foursome of Bex, Ali, Sarah and Christine won, and are just a point behind leaders Dacorum going into match 5. Another good turnout from the club featured the following: Sue Elliott (47th), Katie Royals (48th), Sylvia Moss (51st), Cathy Holloway (63rd), Helen Real-Slavicky (66th), Caroline Stephens (74th), Abigail Askey (78th), Tessa Passey (82nd), Helen Cholawo (85th), Christine Taylor (92nd), Rashila Wanninayake (100th), Fiona Williams (106th), Miriam Kempson (108th), Harriet Lemon (112th), Ruth Holyroyd (118th), Laura Gardner (124th), Tamsin Finch (125th), Angela Hughes (133rd), and Fiona Calder (147th).
The Senior Men were sixth. Scorers were led in by in-form Richard Slade in fifth. Further points came from Aran Davidson (30th), Neil Turner (79th), Sam Howell (89th), Andrew Wiseall (102nd), Jon Taylor (112th), Andy Hickman (122nd), Neil Bates (126th), Matt Hipgrave (129th), and Mike Worsfold (130th). The vets quartet of Neil Turner, Andy Hickman, Mike Worsfold, and Nathan Taylor (140th) were 11th. Other Chiltern men facing the starter were Shaun Fry (146th), Paul McCarthy (151st), Stuart Real-Slavicky (159th), Ian Lawson (165th), Tim Higrave (185th), Alan Hornibrook (190th), and Trevor Brawn (220nd).
The club need a good turnout at the final match at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes next month to ensure a third place finish.