Chiltern Harriers performed very well in Round 2 of the England Athletics Five Mile Road Relay Competition. As expected the standard was higher than Round 1, but the Chiltern aggregate time of 3.45.59 was a four minute improvement for the team, and almost all those individuals who tackled both rounds logged an improved time at the second attempt.
In the end, from fifty complete teams, Chiltern finished a creditable thirteenth and fifty club runners participated, all posting great times. The scoring eight were Richard Slade (25.29), Aran Davidson (25.37), Fabian Downs (26.05), Will Perkin (26.06), Bex Nkoane (29.47), Maddie Hughes (30.05), Ellie Bates (31.04) and Lean Ni Chiobhain (31.46). There were 1257 competitors in total and a measure of the standard is that Richard’s great time was only enough for 63rd place.
Several Chiltern runners featured in the top ten in their age groups. As with the first round Nick Hughes was the fastest Vet 50, and Bex Nkoane fastest Vet 45. Also in the top tens were Maddie Hughes (2nd U15), Trevor Brawn (3rd Vet 70), Sue Elliott (5th Vet 55), Lean Ni Chiobhain (7th Vet 35), Alan Hornibrook (8th Vet 60) and Finn O’Brien (9th U17).
Only the wining club, currently City of Norwich AC in a blistering 3.33.06, go forward to the International Round to face teams from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. However, the competition has been an excellent focus for Chiltern’s athletes and has been great for club morale and for athletes’ fitness.
Hopefully once road relays return for real, the club will have generated enough interest to field teams.
Photo of Richard Slade and Aran Davidson
Full results on EA Website