Chiltern Harriers hadanother excellent year in 2019, with success in cross country, road running,and track and field athletics.
As usual the first main event of the year was the Bucks CrossCountry Championships. Held this yearat Hughenden Parkin High Wycombe, there were wins for Under 13 girls, U15 girls and U17 women, U13 boys, U15 boys, and U17 men, so a clean sweep of the junior age groups. Frankie Baxter and Thomas Redmond won U13 gold, and Orla Williams won U15 gold. TheSenior women were second and veteran women won gold. The Senior men were second with Nick Hughes first Vet 40.
In February the Chiltern Cross Country League concluded with Chiltern finishing, as usual, in a good third place. There were team wins for U13 boys, Veteran women, U15 girls, U13 girls, U11 boys and U11 girls. Individual winners were Nick Hughes (Vet 40), Thomas Redmond (U13 boys), Abbie Henderson (U15 girls), and Frankie Baxter (U13 girls). Other medallists included Callum Powell (U11 boys silver), Alex Hughes (U11 boys bronze), Lesedi Nkoane (U13 girls silver), Euan Pinder (U13 boys bronze), Holly Henderson (U15 girls silver), Orla Williams (U15 girls bronze), Nathan Hackley (U15 boys bronze), Angus Williams(U17 men silver), and Richard Slade (U20 men silver).
The Southern Championships at Parliament Hill in late January saw the U13 girls win a bronze medal thanks to Frankie Baxter, Lesedi Nkoane, Maddie Hughes, and Marea Logan. The U15girls won gold courtesy of Orla Williams, Abbie Henderson,Holly Henderson, and Alicia Bushell. Orla was individual bronze medallist. U13 boys were 9th, U15 boys 8th, and U17 men 6th, a very good set of results.
The National Cross Country was at Harewood House Leeds at the end of February and saw great runs from Frankie Baxter, Lesedi Nkoane, Maddie Hughes and Marea Loganto win silver in the U13 girls team race.
Frankie excelled again running for Bucks AA to win bronze at the prestigious UKCAU National Inter Counties at Prestwold Hall in March,whilst Thomas Redmond in The U13 boys race finished a creditable 11th. At the English Schools Championships in Leeds a week later, Abbie Henderson was best placed Chiltern athlete, 11thin the Junior Girls race, with Holly Henderson also doing well to be 17th.
In May the Chiltern-hosted Pednor 5 race saw team wins for Chiltern, thanks to Ben Alexander, Aran Davidson, Alastair Melville-Smith and Ben Hetherington for the men, and Ali Young, Natalie Hallas, and Katie Royals for the women. The race was used as the Bucks andHerts 5 mile championships, with Ben Alexander bronze medallist in Bucks for the men. The Pednor 5 Race Walk was won by Neil Bates in a great time of 45.13.
May also saw the track season get going with the Bucks Track and Field Championships a highlight.Cameron Reid had a good weekend, winning U20 400m and 800m. In the U17s Finn Hobson won gold in long jump, silver in 100m hurdlesand high jump,and bronze in 200m;Alex Johnson silver in 800m and 1500m; andAlex Aldred bronze in 1500m.In U15s Adam Winstanley won bronze in 300m, Matt Aldred bronze in 800m, and Thomas Redmond silver in 1500m. Jerry Anderson won high jump and Noah Hobson won silver in 80m hurdles. Alden Collier had a doublewin in 800m and 1500m, with Isaac Jessop-Tranter adding 100m gold to his silver in 1500m.Max Baxter won bronze in 1500m. Charlie Ventress won silver in 75m hurdles and bronze in shot.
Sarah Cross won Senior women’s javelin. Emily Gillespie won bronze in U17 women’s200m and 300m. Alicia Bushell won bronze in 800m, and Orla Williams silver in 1500m in stellar timeof 4.37. In U15s Serena Gueye was just pipped by Chisom Nwafor in 100m and Jemma Thomson won bronze in 200m. Chisom also won high jump, long jump, shot (Championship Best of 11.06m) and won silver in 75m hurdles. Abbie Henderson and Holly Henderson won a 800m/1500m gold /silver double with Alice Brown picking up 1500m bronze.Caitlin Gregory won discus silver.In the U13s Frankie Baxter had a great weekend winning, and setting new Championships bests,in 800m (2.22) and 1500m(4.55). Lesedi Nkoane won silver in 1500m.
Chiltern celebrated the success of the 2018-19 Chiltern League season, as well as the results of the Club Senior Championship at the annual Social & Awards Evening, held Saturday 18 May at the Polish Club in Amersham. The Senior Championship rewards performance across the whole year, based on results from events spanning the whole range of distances. Age category winners were: Aran Davidson, Katie Royals, Andy Hickman, Tamsin Finch, Mike Turney, Miriam Kempson and Robert Gill. Despite rain making the conditions on the inflatable assault course rather slippery, a great evening was enjoyed by all.
In June the Junior Tri attracted a good field again and amongst the winners were Hugo Mundy, Katie Allsop,Isaac Jessop-Tranter, and Frankie Baxter.
A record number of Chiltern athletes were to selected to represent Bucks Schools at the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Birminghamin July. Ten young athletes wore the Bucks vest with Robyn Watkins running Senior Women’s 400m for Somerset Schools-Junior Girls Abbie Henderson (800m), Holly Henderson (800m), Chisom Nwafor (100m), Serena Gueye (100m); Inter Girls Orla Williams (1500m), Lily Holt (High Jump); Inter Boys Alex Aldred (800m), Alex Johnson (1500m), Angus Williams (1500m), Senior Boys Cameron Reid (800m). Best placed was Alex Aldred, fourth in the Inter 800m finalin a new PB of 1.54.98.
A lot of hard work and organisation went into fielding teams inthe YDL Upper and Lower Age Group matches. The Lower Age Group team was third in the division of 8 clubs and the South Bucks composite team (which we share with Wycombe Phoenix) was third from 6 –very good results in competitive divisions. Frankie Baxterbroke both 800m and 1200m YDL recordsin the U13 age group.
In September Shardeloes 10k saw an individual win for Fabian Downs and aChiltern team winfrom Fabian, Richard Slade, Aran Davidson and Alex Paul. The women also won with Sarah Quantrill, Hannah Wardley and Sue Elliott scoring.
The autumn relays saw good results from the young athletes. At SouthernRoad Relays in September –U13 Girls gold (Frankie Baxter, Zoe Gilbody, Lesedi Nkoane), U13 Boys bronze (Alden Collier, Euan Pinder, Alex Hughes, Max Baxter) and U15 girl’sbronze (Maddie Hughes, Holly Henderson, Maddie Hughes).
The National Road Relays went even better. Alden Collier, now on the last leg in the U13 Boys race, caught up three places to run a storming winning lap. Max Baxter and Euan Pinder had set the race up on legs 1 and 2. The U13 Girls were also winners with Lesedi Nkoane, Frankie Baxter and Zoe Gilbody well ahead of second place.
The Southern Cross Country Relays saw further success –gold again for U13 Girls Zoe, Lesedi and Frankie, and for U13 boys Euan, Max andAlden. The B team was fourth and the C team tenth. Another win came from The U15 girls –Alice Brown, Holly Henderson, and Abbie Henderson, and a fourth courtesy of the U17 Men, Alex Johnson, Alex Aldred, and Angus Williams. An amazing day.
In November the Herbert’s Hole Challenge completed the Chiltern-hosted races for the year. There was an individual win for Nick Hughes and for the team of Nick, Ben Hetherington, Michael Turney, and Neil Turner. The women also won courtesy of individual winner Bex Nkoane, Ellie Bates, and Ali Young.
By Christmas Chiltern had lodged into third place in the Chiltern Cross Country League after three matches, including an overall win in Match 1.
Steve Perkin, February 2020
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