Twenty-seven Chiltern Harriers were taking part for their county associations in the first high level championships of the winter at Lloyd Park, Croydon on Saturday.
The weather was dry and mild but underfoot conditions fairly muddy on a good, undulating course around Lloyd Park.
Most were taking part for Buckinghamshire but three were wearing the orange colours of Hertfordshire in a match that features some of the best young cross country talent in some of the strongest counties in the country.
There were two teams toeing the line for Bucks with Marlie Nkoane sixth A team runner in 52nd and Evelyn Wildman third B team runner in 99th.
Tom Ford was second Herts scorer in the U13 boys coming 15th and also doing well were Felix Danielli who was first Bucks runner home in 22nd and Charlie Quantrill who was third Bucks scorer in 66th.
Lesedi Nkoane was second Bucks scorer in 19th and Frankie Baxter fourth scorer in 32nd in a team that came fifth. Emily Ford ran well for Herts to be 30th and Marea Logan (Bucks) finished in 101st.
The Bucks lads were hampered by being trapped at the back of a congested start. However Alden Collier moved through to be first scorer in 19th. Daniel Munn (35th), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (47th) and Alex Hughes (48th) completed a scoring foursome for Bucks and Rowan Gawne (62nd) and Rory Hilton (98th), making his county debut, also did well.
Chiltern had a big presence in the Bucks U17 Women’s team and in-form Maddie Hughes had her best run of the season so far to be an excellent third. Holly Henderson was third scorer in 22nd and Abbie Henderson fourth scorer in 30th. The team did well to be fourth overall. County debutante Charlotte Docwra (67th) Alice Brown (86th) and Hannah Ashby (87th) also ran well.
Oakley Denson continued his good form to be first Bucks runner home. There was good packing from the rest of the team with Jerry Anderson, Sammy Bennetts and Laurie Gawne all doing well. At time of writing results from this race weren’t posted.
U20 Women/Senior Women.
Hannah Wardley ran another strong race in Herts colours to be 13th Senior Woman. Alicia Bushell was first Bucks U20 woman for a long time but had to drop out with sickness issues.