A great turnout of twenty-four Chiltern Harriers across the age groups made the trip to Bannister Stadium Harrow for the first local open meeting of the track season.
The only distance on offer was 3000m and there were twelve races of about 14-20 in each, and many of the younger athletes were making their debuts at the event.
Conditions were dry and still but with cooler temperatures as the evening wore on.
This contained veterans only and included Ian Lawson who ran his first track race for many years, recording an impressive 10.32.42 to be fifth.
First year U15 Lily Jessop-Tranter made a great debut to be fourth in 10.55.78. Others making their debut in this one were U15 Lesedi Nkoane (seventh in 11.06.34), U17 Charlotte Docwra (eighth in 11.13.24), and U20 Emily Alderson (13th in 11.27.41). U17 Ellie Shield had a solid run for a season’s best 11.17.76 to be tenth.
Sammy Bennetts (U17) gained the first of three Chiltern wins of the evening with a strong run in 10.15.18. U15 Emily Ford made a good debut to be 13th in 10.54.36, U15 Frankie Baxter ran 11.11.09, and U20 Alicia Bushell, after a fall at the bell, ran 11.22.59.
Three Chiltern PBs in this one – U15s Max Baxter (fifth in 10.04.83), Daniel Munn (tenth in 10.11.91) and U17 Maddie Hughes (15th in 10.30.56)
Two more PBs - U15s Alex Hughes (ninth in 10.03.78) and Ethan McCall (12th in 10.18.23).
U15 Isaac Jessop-Tranter had a storming run to log a new PB and win the race in an impressive 9.42.61. U17 Angus Stoneham ran well to be second in 9.46.42 on debut. U15 Zoe Gilbody ran a gutsy 10.11.38 to be ninth and go second on the U15 Girls national rankings.
There were PBs for V50 Nick Hughes (tenth in 9.36.55) and V40 Tom Dixon (13th in 9.42.26) in this one.
A third Chiltern win of the night came courtesy of U20 Max McGarvie who duked out a win in 9.08.68 against training partner, U17 Thomas Redmond (9.09.11).
Senior Man Aran Davidson ran a good 9.03.11 to be seventh and U20 Louis Peterson ran a PB of 9.19.23 to be tenth.