Har­ri­ers take home a haul of medals

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHILTERN Har­ri­ers had a suc­cess­ful day at the South of Eng­land Cross Coun­try Re­lay Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day – with sil­ver medals for the U13 boys and U17 men and bronzes for the U20 women.

The first race of the day was on the 2.5k Worm­wood Scrubs course for both U20 and U1 women, Han­nah Ward­ley lead­ing off the older group with a first leg of 9.42, be­fore Con­nie Lewis clocked 9.41 in her first race in over 18 months, be­fore Emma Bar­r­a­clough came home in 9.59 to se­cure bronze.

The younger group were led off by Han­nah Thear, who ran well for 8.52, while Han­nah Mor­ton was the fastest of all sec­ond leg run­ners with 8.34, and the team was com­pleted by Katie Bench with 9.41 for eighth over­all.

The U20 men had a good out­ing on the slightly longer 3k course to be fourth, with James McCarthy (10.55), Callum Neal (11.39) and Joe Ah­erne (11.19) mak­ing up the team, while the next race, on the same se, pro­vided more dals for the Bucks ut­fit. Will Perkin led off o win the first leg in 0.46, and he was backed up by great uns from Richard ade (11.31) and Rob all (11.16), the lat­ter ning a great bat­tle he Herne Hill ast run­ner to clinch sil­ver.

Next up were the U13 girls, who run­ning over 2k, had an A team fin­ish 18th (Emily Alder­son 8.20, Beth Wel­ham 8.27 and Jess Pullen 9.13) and a B team come 23rd, as well as an in­com­plete C team.

The U13 boys’ A team kept the medal haul com­ing with sil­vers. Ben Smith got off to a great start to fin­ish fourth in 7.15, while Cameron Reid gained the lead with 7.16, but An­gus Wil­liams lost just one place to run 7.28. The B team fin­ished 10th, the C team 17th, the D team 23rd and the E team 25th.

The U15 Girls’ A team came eighth, thanks to Emily Ban­nis­ter (8.00), Sophie Mor­ton (7.30), and Scar­lett Wa­ger-Leigh (7.41), fol­lowed by the Bs in 21st, the Cs in 23rd and a solo D team run­ner.

The fi­nal in­ter­est for Chiltern was the U15 boys race, and with sev­eral key run­ners ab­sent, the A team did well to be 17th from 24 com­plete teams, with Ethan Kidd (7.29), George Brown (7.40) and Will Brown (7.37) mak­ing up the points. The B team was in­com­plete.

Steve Parkin

Con­trib­uted

MEDAL RUN: (Above) Chiltern Har­ri­ers U17 men Will Perkin, Rob Hall, Richard Slade; (left) Chiltern Har­ri­ers U20 women – Han­nah Ward­ley, Con­nie Lewis, Emma Bar­r­a­clough

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