Chiltern Harriers junior athletes were in action at the first of a three-race series of cross country meetings organised by Peta Bee of Cookham Running Club.
The venue was Beeching Grove Wood near Maidenhead and the course was a tough, undulating circuit around farmers fields. The weather featured very heavy rain which made for tough conditions for the athletes. Some of those Chiltern Harriers taking part had run on the track at Harrow on Thursday and found competing again so soon a tough ask.
Each age group featured two waves, two minutes apart. This allowed for adherence to the England Athletics guidance and meant a maximum of 24 per race. U13s and U15s ran 3k, older age groups 4.5k. RESULTS
Wave 1 saw Olivia Clarke come in fourth of eight in 13.16. Olivia was seventh overall. The remaining Chiltern girls were in Wave 2 and in-form Emily Ford had a good run to win in 12.33, the fastest run across the two waves. Ellie Danner (13.14) was third in the wave (sixth overall), and Marlie Nkoane (13.30) was fourth (tenth overall).
In Wave 1 Daniel Munn was a convincing winner in 11.13 with Alex Hughes second in 11.49 and Callum Powell fourth in 12.00. In Wave 2 Tom Ford was fifth in 12.15 and Felix Danielli sixth in 12.19. Overall Daniel won (one second ahead of the winner of Wave 2), Alex was equal third, Callum sixth, Tom tenth and Felix eleventh. There were 23 boys in total.
Maddie Hughes was third (12.00), Frankie Baxter fourth (12.08) and Ellie Shield sixth (12.18) in the stronger first wave and held those positions overall. In Wave 2 Rosa Williams ran 12.48 to be third (ninth overall). Seventeen ran in total.
Wave 1 saw great performances from the Chiltern contingent with Alden Collier first in 10.21, Thomas Redmond second in 10.22, Oakley Denson sixth in 11.06, and Isaac Jessop-Tranter tenth in 11.57. In Wave 2 Ethan McCall went the wrong way near the finish but still managed third in 11.15. Alden and Thomas were 1-2 overall with Oakley seventh, Ethan ninth and Isaac fifteenth. There were twenty finishers.
Holly Henderson was third in Wave 1 in 18.44, with Abbie Henderson fourth in 18.54 and Alice Brown ninth in 20.06. In Wave 2 Under 20s Millie Hughes (22.09) and Soraya Lockwood (22.51) were fifth and sixth in their age group. Overall in the U17s Holly was fourth, Abbie fifth and Alice eleventh.
In Wave 1 James Palmer was fourth in 16.40 and Luke Martin fifth in 16.43. Wave 2 saw Thomas Askey run 16.56 to be sixth and Will Shield 17.42 to be ninth. Thomas and Will had both run hard at Harrow on Thursday. Overall James was eighth, Luke ninth, Thomas eleventh and Will eighteenth.
Max McGarvie ran well for sixth in 16.59 and Alex Johnson, another Thursday competitor, ran 17.23 for eighth.