U13s boys smash club record at road relays
Personal best not enough to get Harriers gold medals
A NEW club record was set by Chiltern Harriers at the South of England Road Relays in Aldershot on Saturday.
The new mark was set by the U13s boys’ A team, who clocked 43.32 mins over four legs of 3k to take the silver medals.
They were given a great start by first year Angus Williams, who brought the team home in fourth place in 10.42 mins, before Cameron Reid went into a slight lead on leg two, running 10.58, which Tom Hall maintained on the third leg, managing 11.10.
However, although Ben Smith ran very well in a time of 10.33 on the final leg, he could not hold off the host’s final leg runner, who ran one of the fastest ever times on the course to just overhaul Chiltern and win by five seconds.
On the B team, Kristian Everiss (11.52), Tom Hunter (11.17), Tommy Davies (11.41) and Phoenix Everiss (11.58) came 19th out of 41, while the C team came 28th, courtesy of Harry Brandon (12.43), Edward Watson (11.34), Matt Clifford Porter (11.47).
The U13 girls fielded two inexperienced teams who did very well on the 2.3km course.
The A team of Beth Welham (9.06), Emily Alderson (9.30) and Alice Moffat (9.58) finished 29th and the B team of Jess Pullen (9.42), Isobel Swann (10.39) and Millie Hughes (10.10) were placed 57th out of 68.
The U15 girls have strength in
Seb depth this year and the three teams acquitted themselves well, with the A team of Sophie Morton (11.11), Scarlett Wager-Leigh (11.27) and Emily Bannister (11.32) coming 13th out of 74.
The B team of Jess Orr (12.27), Orla Fawcett (11.56), and Robyn Watkins (11.51) followed them home in 32nd, while the C team of Sandie Pohlman (12.30), Emma Kaye (12.21) and Mimi HoulihanBurne (13.30) were 55th.
There was a close tussle between the Chiltern A and B teams in the U15 boys race, where the A team of Jake Alderson (11.00), Angus Denison-Smith (10.26), Will Brown (12.23) and Seb Mills (10.43) finished 30th, just ahead of the B team of George Brown (11.10), Ethan Kidd (11.02), Ollie Powell (11.23) and Oliver Jackson (11.55) in 33rd.
There were also good efforts from the U17s, with the men, running a 3.8km circuit, 13th thanks to Will Perkin (13.01), Rob Hall (13.19), Richard Slade (13.20) and Toby Smith (13.35), while the women, running 3km, were 20th.
A stunning run from Hannah Morton on the first leg brought the girls in third, and her time of 10.34 was the sixth best of the whole race. Hannah Thear, with 12.40, and Katie Bench, with 12.28, were the second and third leg runners.
Last but not least were the senior women, who came in a commendable 34th out of 59, an improvement of seven places and 52 seconds on their 2013 efforts.
Ali Young had a great first leg on the 3.8km circuit, running 14.36, and was followed in by Kirstie Elliot (16.02), Hannah Wardley (16.19) and Sarah Needleman (15.33).
RECORD BREAKERS: Williams and Ben Smith
Silver medal winner Tom Hall, Cameron Reid, Angus