Chiltern Harriers had a great day at Campbell Park on Saturday, winning the fourth match in the series and providing a buffer of 300 points going into the season finale at Keysoe in February.
After early heavy rain the weather improved but the course became increasingly muddy and treacherous as the day wore on.
The Under 11 girls began proceedings and Annie-Rose Quantrill in fourth and Soraya Roughton in sixth scored enough points to secure fourth. The team are second going into match 5. The Under 11 boys were third and are second season-to-date. Thomas Living was second, Hector Gamblen 14th, and Jack Rogers 18th, with Max MacDonald 19th, Zac Taylor 24th and Jack Dixon 36th.
Junior teams were back to more-or-less full strength and the Under 13 girls recorded a good win. Kara Gorman recorded her fourth win, thereby securing the league title. Also scoring were Maya Davis in third, Nia Clarke in fifth and Evelyn Wildman in eighth. Completing the small but talented team were Megan Lockwood in ninth and Carys Jones in 14th. After four matches the girls are narrowly second to St Albans with all to play for in the finale.
Tom Ford in second led home the victorious Chiltern U13 boys contingent with Charlie Quantrill sixth, Eddie O’Brien 13th and George Mawby 14th completing the scoring. Also running well were Jacob McCall 18th, Isaac McCall 19th, Theo Roughton 23rd, Kit Dixon 24th, and Lenny Brooks-Klingenschmid 33rd. The team have a small lead going into match 5.
In the Under 15 girls race Emily Ford scored a memorable win to complete four victories and clinch the overall title. Backing Emily up were Lucy Wilkinson in third, Issy Robinson seventh and Marlie Nkoane tenth. Olivia Clarke in 14th, Alice Peckham in 16th, and Rebecca Lawson in 22nd also ran well. The team were second to MK by a point and are just three points behind MK overall.
Back to full strength, the Under 15 boys powered to a good win. Alex Hughes won the race with Daniel Munn third, Callum Powell fourth and James Holdsworth fifth scoring. Also well up were Rory Hilton in tenth, Aidan Suleyman 12th, Max Roughton 15th, Toby Pullen 21st, Zach Cleary 22nd, Dylan Rossi 27th, Mattie Gemmell 30th, Charlie De Sousa 34th, and Danny Carruthers 35th. The team are second overall but too far behind leaders Bedford to catch up.
The Junior Women’s team won this match but are fourth overall. A place on the podium is still possible. Maddie Hughes in second, Frankie Baxter third and Ellie Shield ninth were the scorers, with Lesedi Nkoane in 14th, Hannah Ashby 19th and Ellie Gowers 30th completing the team.