Chiltern Harriers’ Chiltern League campaign goes from strength to strength.
The fourth match at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on Saturday saw a fourth consecutive victory and the club now lies 1600 points clear at the top of the league. All teams are in either first or second place. There were 106 club runners taking part.
It was an excellent performance across all teams with several individual and team wins. The courses at Campbell Park were as tough and hilly as usual and the weather was a big improvement on last Saturday’s county championships with better underfoot conditions.
The Under 11 Girls began things with an impressive 1-2-3, Kara Gorman winning by a big margin from Nia Clarke and Maya Davis. Carys Jones was close behind in 8th. The Under 11 Boys also took a team win courtesy of Kit Dixon (3rd), Jacob McCall (6th) and Isaac McCall (7th). The girls have a good lead with one match left, the boys lie in second.
The Under 13 Girls battled hard and were second with Marlie Nkoane (8th), Issy Robinson (12th), Evelyn Wildman (14th) and Katie Allsop (15th) scoring. Also running well were Anna Stoneham (24th), Megan Lockwood (25th), and Lydia Cross (32nd). The girls lie second overall.
Tom Ford scored another win in the Under 13 Boys race to consolidate his position at the top of the league. The team win was confirmed with Felix Danielli (3rd), James Holdsworth (4th), and Jack Martin (10th) being the other scorers. Completing the team were Charlie Quantrill (11th), Zach Cleary (12th), Aidan Suleyman (14th), Hugo Mundy (19th), Charlie De Sousa (29th), George Mawby (32nd) and Theo Roughton (33rd). The boys take a decent lead into match 5.
Frankie Baxter in fourth place led home the Under 15 Girls team that were second. Completing the scoring were Emily Ford (5th), Lesedi Nkoane (6th) and Lily Jessop-Tranter (10th). The girls are second league-to-date. Also having good runs were Olivia Clarke (11th), Alice Peckham (15th), Marea Logan (24th), Rebecca Lawson (31st) and Ellie Gowers (38th).
The Under 15 Boys were dominant as usual with Alden Collier winning to maintain his share of the league lead. The other scorers were Daniel Munn (2nd), Rowan Gawne (5th), and Alex Hughes (6th). The team also featured good runs from Max Baxter (7th), Rory Hilton (10th), Euan Pinder (11th), Max Roughton (18th) and Hari Mistry (25th). The team have a big lead in their division.
A fabulous turnout from the Junior Women saw another team victory with Maddie Hughes taking the individual win. Holly Henderson in fourth and Abbie Henderson in eighth completed the scoring. Charlotte Docwra was 9th, Olivia Edwards 10th, Hannah Ashby 12th, Katie Repper 15th, Alice Brown 16th, Ellie Shield 18th and Grace Thorpe 20th. The women lead the division going into the final match.
A depleted U17 men’s team battled hard to achieve second place thanks to Laurie Gawne 3rd, Sammy Bennetts 7th and Ash Finch 12th. The boys still lead overall going into match 5.
The Senior Women were second and are second overall, still very close to leaders Dacorum. Hannah Wardley continued her stellar season with her first ever Chiltern League win. Also in the scoring six were Ellie Bates (11th), Jessie Keighley (20th), Alicia Bushell (24th), Sarah Quantrill (26th) and Becky McCall (27th). The turnout was great as usual: Sue Elliott (28th), Katie Royals (30th), Cath Holloway (38th), Aleksandra King (40th), Tessa Passey (44th), Abi Askey (46th), Sylvia Moss (52nd), Jinaan Lockwood (62nd), Ella Watson (73rd), Christine Taylor (74th), Caroline Stephens (79th), Fiona Williams (83rd), Lyndsay Bill (92nd), Claire Dickinson (98th), Tamsin Finch (104th), Kathy Jessop (106th), Hannah Ryan (108th), Belinda Bell (111th), and Fiona Calder (124th). The Veteran team of Sarah Quantrill, Becky McCall, Sue Elliott and Cath Holloway were second and are second overall.
The Senior Men have had a great season but this was perhaps the best performance to date, with a great team win bringing the team very close to league leaders Bedford and County. The scorers were all in the top 50: Richard Slade (3rd), Aran Davidson (5th), Will Perkin (9th), Charlie Wood (11th), James Palmer (13th), Nick Hughes (21st), Finn O’Brien (23rd), James Repper (30th), Tom Dixon (43rd) and Angus Williams (48th). Also having great runs were Neil Turner (51st), Max McGarvie (52nd), Ben Jackson (56th), Adam Shute (66th), Mike Turney (100th), Richard Moss (125th), Ian Lawson (142nd), Chris Lower (146th), Ed Wright (166th), Neil Bates (186th), Tim Hipgrave (193rd), Dominic Schulte (202nd), Phil Damas (217th), John Coutts (219th), and Trevor Brawn (236th).
The Veteran team also won with Nick Hughes, James Repper, Tom Dixon and Neil Turner scoring. The vets lead overall. The Under 20 scorers were James Palmer, Finn O’Brien and Angus Williams. The team was second and are narrowly second league-to-date.
The final match is at Shuttleworth College on February 19th, where another good performance could lead to the club’s first ever Chiltern League win.