A busy weekend for Chiltern track athletes took place in mostly pleasant mild, sunny conditions.
The first meeting on the agenda was the Southern Athletics League match 3 at Oxford Horspath. The league is for senior athletes in the U17, U20 and senior age groups, all competing together. Six Chiltern athletes took part and all did well. U23 Seb Mills had his first race at the 400m since 2017 and took a win in a good time of 52.00. Senior Woman Sarah Cross was second in 100m in 13.16 and followed this with third in javelin with 29.72m. U20 Finn O’Brien was second in 1500m with a PB of 4.25.01 and U17 Henry Webb was third in B string in 4.50.94 after already having been fifth in 800m A string in 2.19.35, his PB. U17 Olivia Edwards ran a PB of 65.03 to be third in 400m and T20 athlete Fiona Calder kept busy with good performances in 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump.
BMC Grand Prix
The final British Milers Club Grand Prix of the season took place at Eltham on Saturday evening. U23 Harry Cox continued his great season with second place in the men’s 800m B race in 1.51.40 and Adam Day ran a strong PB of 3.55.10 to be seventh in the men’s 1500m C race.
Bucks County Champs Day 2
Day 2 of the Bucks Track and Field Champs at Milton Keynes was a fairly quiet affair but there were plenty of great performances and interesting athletics to watch in the 1500m, hurdles and field events taking place.
The U13 girls race saw good runs from Marlie Nkoane (4th in 5.30.57) and Katie Allsop (7th in 5.41.03). James Holdsworth ran a PB of 5.09.29 to be fifth in the U13 boys race and Zach Cleary completed his first ever track race to finish on 5.54.76. The U15 girls race was well attended with sixteen athletes and saw a bronze medal for Lesedi Nkoane in 5.15.82. Also running well were Lily Jessop-Tranter (fifth in 5.24.55), Ffion Harman (seventh in 5.30.60), Alice Peckham (eighth in 5.32.93), and Jocelyn Davies (12th in 5.37.32).
A much smaller field contested the U15 boys race with Alden Collier winning comfortably in 4.28.63 and Isaac Jessop-Tranter second in 4.34.44. Rory Hilton ran a PB of 5.07.69 to be fifth. A good field of eleven raced the U17 women’s event with Charlotte Docwra best placed Chiltern athlete in third with a PB of 5.08.16. Tia Lomas was fifth in 5.16.31, Ellie Shield sixth in 5.19.92, Hannah Ashby ninth in 5.26.44, Amber Galley tenth in 5.45.84, and Annabelle Hilton eleventh in 6.04.98. Jerry Anderson ran a PB of 4.38.40 to be sixth in the U17 men’s race and Matthew Evans was eighth in 4.59.15. Louis Peterson had a good run to win gold in the U20/Senior men’s race coming home in 4.17.29 in an exciting race.
Lily Holt won gold in the U20 100m hurdles in a good time of 15.44. Jo Snelling won bronze in U15 girls 75m hurdles in a new best of 13.54. In U17 300m hurdles Rufaro Chikwanda won bronze in a new best of 50.14. Gabi Riley was fourth in 52.27 and Jess Cook fifth in 53.87. Jess won bronze in 80m hurdles in 14.18.
Lily added to her gold collection with a win in U20 high jump, clearing 1.70m at the first attempt but just missing 1.73m. Rufaro added to her successful day with gold in U17 women’s triple jump in a new best of 9.76m. Gabi Riley was second with 8.22m. Coincidentally Gabi also won silver in shot with the same distance – 8.22m. Newcomer Isabelle Harriss made her first appearance in a Chiltern vest and won bronze in U17 long jump with 4.01m. The senior women’s javelin saw Sarah Cross win gold in javelin with 26.77m.