Chiltern Harriers saved their best league performance of the season to the final match to confirm the retention of the overall league title.
Conditions at Keysoe Equestrian Centre were dry, still and mild, and the gently undulating courses were firm and fast for the most part. The watersplash created a great focal point for spectators.
There were several team and individual wins and medals, and the win on the day was by over five hundred points leading to a near-thousand point win overall.
Photos from Mark Easton
Photos from Gary Mitchell
The U11 Girls have battled hard all season and were fourth on the day thanks to Annie-Rose Quantrill (4th), Mala Bahia (24th) and Emilia Ingham (26th). The team were second overall for the season and Soraya Roughton was fourth individual. The Under 11 Boys were second on the day and are second overall. The scorers on Saturday were Thomas Living in second, Hector Gamblen 9th and Zac Taylor 13th. Completing the team were Jack Rogers (15th), and Jack Dixon 25th. Also doing well were guest runners Arthur Small in 7th and Dexter Kahn in 34th. Thomas won individual silver for the season.
Kara Gorman completed a clean sweep of five wins in the Under 13 Girls race and was aided in the scoring by Maya Davis (3rd), Megan Lockwood (6th) and Evelyn Wildman (8th). Carys Jones was 21st and ended up 13th in the overall standings. The girls had a big win on the day and are confirmed as league winners. The Under 13 Boys were second on the day and stayed second overall, just ten points behind winners Dacorum. Thomas Reynolds was fourth, Charlie Quantrill 7th, George Mawby 18th, Jacob McCall 21st, Isaac McCall 22nd, Luke Coultate 25th and Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmid 34th. Overall Jacob McCall was ninth and Kit Dixon tenth.
In another good battle with Milton Keynes, the Chiltern U15 Girls were second by three points and ended up with overall silver by just six. Lucy Wilkinson continued her great form to come second and was backed up by Issy Robinson (5th), Izzy Martin (8th), and Marlie Nkoane (10th). Also running well were Alice Peckham (16th), Katie Allsop (19th), Jocelyn Davies (24th), Rebecca Lawson (26th), Keya Kara (32nd) and Lydia Cross (36th). Individually Emily Ford had already won the title. Lucy Wilkinson was 4th, Katie Allsop 11th, Jocelyn Davies 13th and Rebecca Lawson 16th.
Alex Hughes won the Under 15 Boys race convincingly and James Holdsworth was an excellent second. Rory Hilton in 7th and Callum Powell in 9th completed the scoring in a team win. Also running well were Aidan Suleyman (11th), Toby Pullen (15th), Dylan Rossi (19th), Charlie De Sousa (28th), Danny Carruthers (30th), and Soren Fox (33rd). The team ended up second.
The Junior Women’s team was third on the day, ending up fourth overall. Maddie Hughes was 8th, Ellie Shield 9th, Lesedi Nkoane 13th, Jo Snelling (22nd), Hannah Ashby (24th), and Ellie Gowers (36th).
Ash Finch gained his first Chiltern League win in the U17 Men’s race with Archie Pinder a close second. A strong team was completed by Leon Doran (7th), Sammy Bennetts (8th) and Matt Evans (13th). The team won on the day and completed the season convincing winners. Individually Ash was bronze medallist, Matt was sixth and Leon eighth.
The Senior Women were second on the day but did enough to stay ahead for the overall win. Hannah Wardley had a great run to be third with Bex Nkoane 6th, Ellie Bates 11th, Katie Royals 26th, Lou Martin 42nd and Abi Askey 53rd. Completing the team were Tessa Passey (56th), Sylvia Moss (68th), Lyndsey Bill (81st), Miriam Kempson (96th), Fiona Williams (110th), and Fiona Calder (132nd). Individually Hannah Wardley was overall league winner with Katie Royals 9th. The Vets were fourth on the day and ended up bronze medallists. Scorers on Saturday were Bex, Lou, Abi and Tessa. In the Vets categories Cathy Holloway won the Vet 55 group with Miriam sixth. Abi Askey was fourth Vet 45.
A great performance by the Senior Men was their best of the season to score a team win and perhaps best ever. Richard Slade took his first Chiltern race win with George Brown close behind in second. Completing the scoring were Will Brown (4th), Aran Davidson (10th), Tom Emery (16th), James Palmer (20th), Nick Hughes (24th), Adam Shute (32nd), James Repper (35th) and Tom Dixon (41st). Also running in an excellent team were Iain Ward (42nd), Alex Paul (53nd), Neil Turner (54th), Alastair Melville-Smith (83rd), Jonny Slade (114th), Ben Hannen (127th), Ed Wright (170th), Neil Bates (183rd), and Trevor Brawn (220th). The Seniors completed the season in second as did the vets. The scoring vets quartet on Saturday that also took the match win were Nick Hughes, James Repper, Tom Dixon and Neil Turner. Tom Emery and James Palmer scored good Under 20 points and the U20 team were convincing winners after five matches.
Individually Richard Slade was second, George Brown third, Will Brown fourth, and Aran Davidson ninth. Tom Dixon was Vet 45 bronze medallist and Nick Huges won the Vet 50 category with Neil Turner fourth. Trevor Brawn was the winner of the Vet 70 age group. James Palmer was U20 silver medallist with Louis Peterson winning bronze.
A great support group of team managers, coaches and parent helpers were very important all season in getting everyone to the right place at the right time and being supportive and encouraging.
The Chiltern Social Committee organised a great celebration on Saturday evening at Chesham Cricket Club to celebrate another fantastic club campaign.
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