Several young Chiltern Harriers were taking part for their schools in the English Schools Track and Field Cup at Hillingdon on Tuesday.
In normal years a county round leads to regional finals and a national final, but due to covid, this year sees just county rounds only.
The age groups cross normal boundaries: so Juniors are years 7 and 8 (second year U13s and first year U15s), whilst Intermediates are years 9 and 10 (second year U15s and first year U17s). This meant some interesting match ups took place.
There were many excellent performances and, as athletes are required to tackle a track event and a field event, several athletes gained good experience in events that they don’t normally attempt.
The scoring features a decathlon style scoring system so level of performance more important than finishing position.
Olivia Clarke and Alice Peckham both won their 800m races in good times for Chesham Grammar in 2.36.4 and 2.39.9 respectively. Olivia also threw a 10.73m discus and Alice long jumped 3.52m. For Beaconsfield High Lucy Wilkinson ran 2.45.1 in 800m and threw 16.23m in javelin, Jocelyn Davies ran 5.30.0 in 1500m and high jumped 1.20m, and Georgia Potts ran 14.5 in 100m and threw 12.19m in discus. Beth Togneri ran 6.13.9 in 1500m for Pipers Corner and threw 13.92m in discus, whilst Keya Kara ran 6.07.6 in 1500m and threw 3.74m in shot for DCHS. For Wycombe High Ffion Harman ran 5.27.7 in 1500m and helped in the relay team.
For Wycombe High Sophie Habgood ran 27.1 in 200m and threw 20.11 in javelin, Sofia Lomas ran 2.36.4 in 800m and long jumped 4.41m, Amber Galley ran 5.50.01 in 1500m and threw a 20.89m discus, and Jo Snelling ran 14.7 in 75m hurdles and helped in the relay. For DCHS Frankie Baxter ran 2.27.2 in 800m and threw 7.58m in shot, Ellie Shield ran 2.34.2 in 800m and threw 12.23m in javelin, Lesedi Nkoane ran 5.01.8 in 1500m and long jumped 3.30m, Maddie Hughes ran 4.55.6 in 1500m and threw 16.53m in discus, and Rosa Williams ran 49.8 in 300m and triple jumped 8.01m. Pippa Holt ran 16.5 in hurdles and helped in the relay. For Chesham Grammar Kayla Best ran 27.5 in the 200m and helped in relay and Gabi Riley ran 14.5 in hurdles and triple jumped 8.27m.
In a competitive 1500m Callum Powell won for Chesham Grammar in 4.52.0, with DCGS’s Daniel Munn and Alex Hughes close behind in 4.53.1 and 4.55.8 respectively. Also for DCGS Rory Hilton and Danny Carruthers teamed up in 800m and triple jump with 2.31.6 and 7.29m, and 2.44.7 and 7.99m respectively. Johnny Tunstall won shot with an impressive 11.01m. For RGS Max Roughton ran 5.13.2 in 1500m and high jumped 1.26m.
For DCGS Oakley Denson won 800m in 2.05.3 and threw a 26.69m javelin, Isaac Jessop-Tranter ran 4.35.0 in 1500m and helped in relay, John Nickless ran 2.12.3 in 800m and triple jumped 8.75m, and Ethan McCall ran 4.51.2 in 1500m and threw a 25.36m javelin. For RGS Alden Collier won 1500m in 4.26.4 and high jumped 1.50m, and for John Hampden Noah Hobson long jumped 4.99m and helped in relay. Archie Pinder ran 2.10.1 in 800m and threw 15.77m in javelin for Chesham Grammar, and Euan Pinder ran 4.29.3 in 1500m and helped in relay.