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