‘Homeless’ Harriers enjoy remarkable finale
CHILTERN Harriers U13s and U15s had a fine finale to the season as they finished third at the Youth Development League meet in Acton.
In a closely-fought contest, Chiltern accrued 523 points, finishing just behind winners Thames Valley (533 points) and Bedford (532) at the fourth match of the season.
They amassed 1,948 points to finish second overall behind Bedford on 2,163 – quite a remarkable accomplishment from a team with no home track.
David Odita was among Chiltern’s many excellent performers, winning all three of his U15 A string events, with personal bests including a sensational 100m run in 12 secs flat.
Huey Chadwick managed his own triple PB, finishing second in the B string 100m and the A string 200m, before winning the B string long jump with 5.19m, while Siddhant Dey also achieved a PB, winning the discus with a huge 31.60m throw.
Abi Jones proved to be just as capable in the girls’ section, winning both of her A string javelin and shot events, while Ella Merton-Mancer gained a PB of her own by finishing the 100m in 13.20s.
In the U13 boys division, Matthew Patterson (long jump), Kristian Everiss (high jump), Cameron Reid (800m) and Angus Williams (1,500m) racked up the points for Chesham with four firstplace A string finishes.
Mia Henson was the only A string winner for the U13 girls, taking first place in the 75m, but Holly Martin (75m), Lauren Armstrong (150m), Beth Welham and Olivia Cameron (both 800m) all ran well and achieved PBs.
Emily Baxter also took gold in an A string event, winning the U15 pole vault, while Becca Jones made it a double by winning the B string. Amber Hitchcock (75m hurdles) and debutante Pippa Matthews (javelin) were also triumphant in their B string events.
Harry Kettle also performed admirably in his U15 B string events, winning the 200m and finishing second in the shot put as team-mate Seb Mills won the B string 300m and 800m.
Tom Hunter managed a B string 800m win of his own, emerging triumphant for the U13 boys alongside team-mate Harry Brandon, who won the B string high jump.
GREAT FINISH: and U15 Harriers
Some of the U13