A strong turnout of twenty-three Chiltern athletes ran in the third, and penultimate, Watford open of the season on Wednesday. Conditions were grey, but mild and still so very good for fast times.
Although the end of the season approaches, there were some very good runs and a pleasantly surprising number of sixteen PBs.
Alice Brown (U17) and Isaac Jessop-Tranter (U15) both made their debuts at the event. Both did well, Alice running strongly in race 2 for 63.59 and Isaac setting a good benchmark in race 4 of 55.52.
U13 Hugo Mundy made his 1500m debut with a good run of 5.21.14 to be fifth.
U15 Olivia Clarke ran 5.14.42 for a new PB. U13 Marlie Nkoane ran well for a new best of 5.19.88 and U13 Lydia Cross made a good debut at the event with 5.25.38.
Fast improving U13 James Holdsworth ran positively for a big new best time of 5.02.40. U15 Emily Ford was a little outside her best with 5.13.56.
U15 girls Lesedi Nkoane and Lily Jessop-Tranter were both a little off their PBs with 5.05.02 and 5.07.00 respectively.
This one saw four evenly matched Chiltern athletes running well. Senior Woman Hannah Wardley ran 4.52.19, a tenth outside her best set earlier this season. Callum Powell (U15) ran a PB of 4.55.81, U13 Tom Ford ran 4.57.28 and U15 Frankie Baxter ran 4.58.56, both slightly outside their season’s bests.
A close race saw great PBs from U15 Max Baxter (4.42.82), U17 Maddie Hughes (4.44.78) and U15 Alex Hughes (4.45.52).
U17 Henry Webb ran well for third in 4.36.42, a second outside his best.
Three strong runs from Chiltern males in this one which saw a win for U20 Jamie Carruthers in a new best of 4.23.14. U17 Sammy Bennetts ran well for a PB of 4.27.13 and Vet 40 Tom Dixon made his 1500m debut with 4.30.50.
Senior Man Aran Davidson was well below his usual long race distance but ran well for a new PB of 4.14.89.
In-form U17 Oakley Denson, fresh from an SEAA 800m win at the weekend, ran a superb race to smash his PB and log a strong time of 4.02.69.