Chiltern Harriers had teams in the U13, U15, and U17 age groups at the National Road Relays in Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.
This major event attracts strong endurance clubs from all around the country and the standard is very high.
All the Chiltern runners, many making their debut at this event, did well with the U15 Boys A team in tenth being the highest placed Chiltern team.
All the age groups tackle a 3.88k undulating road circuit. The weather stayed fair all day and at points was unseasonably warm.
The U13s were first off and the U13 boys trio did well to finish 16th from the 33 complete teams. Tom Ford led off and ran well to come home in 13th in 14.22. James Holdsworth ran 14.49 on leg two and Charlie Quantrill ran 15.12 to complete the team.
Issy Robinson ran 17.04 to start the U13 girls team. Evelyn Wildman ran 16.33 to make up six places and Marlie Nkoane with 16.41 made up three more and the team finished 25th overall.
Both U15 age group teams fielded the maximum allowed number of three teams. The boys teams all packed well with the A team 10th, B team 15th and C team 25th. Isaac Jessop-Tranter led off for the A team and ran 13.22 to bring the team in 17th. Archie Pinder ran 13.35 to move the team up to 12th and Alden Collier made a valiant effort to get towards the podium, running 13.10 to move to 10th. For the B team in-form Alex Hughes ran a strong 13.14 to finish 10th on leg 1. Max Baxter ran 14.36 and Euan Pinder 13.29 to end up a creditable 15th, the second highest placed B team. For the C team Ethan McCall (13.50), Callum Powell (14.39) and Rowan Gawne (14.08) all ran well for 25th. There were 48 complete teams.
The U15 girls A team featured Lesedi Nkoane (14.44), Olivia Clarke (15.43) and Frankie Baxter (14.52) running well for 14th place. The B team saw Izzy Martin (15.33), Emily Ford (15.03) and Lily Jessop-Tranter (17.49) finish 34th and the C team of Marea Logan (16.32), Lucy Wilkinson (17.31) and Jocelyn Davies (17.16) 44th from 52 complete teams.
Both U17 teams did well. Oakley Denson ran 12.50 to be 29th on leg 1 for the U17 men. Laurie Gawne ran 13.10 to maintain that spot and Thomas Askey moved up four spots on the last leg with 13.08. There were 51 teams. The U17 women finished 17th: Maddie Hughes ran 14.04 to be tenth on leg 1, Charlotte Docwra held that with 15.05 and Ellie Shield brought the team home with 16.12.