Young Har­ri­ers snatch sixth in the Na­tion­als

U15 girls also give a very good ac­count of them­selves

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Steve Perkin and El­lie Laverty tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

CHILTERN Har­ri­ers U13 boys came a highly cred­itable sixth at the Na­tional Cross Coun­try Re­lay Cham­pi­onships in Mans­field on Satur­day.

Hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond in both the South­ern Road and Cross Coun­try re­lays ear­lier in the year, the trio of Cameron Reid, Ben Smith and An­gus Wil­liams trav­elled with high hopes of a top 10 fin­ish and did not dis­ap­point.

Reid took up the ba­ton for the first leg, usu­ally the quick­est as teams look to es­tab­lish a strong po­si­tion, and he came home 10th in 7mins 4secs.

Smith then clocked 7:22 to move Har­ri­ers up to sixth, which fi­nal leg run­ner Wil­liams briefly turned into fourth be­fore fad­ing back to sixth de­spite a time of 7:19.

Their com­bined time of 21:46 would have won a medal in most other years.

The U15 girls also en­tered a full squad of three in an 89-team event for their age group.

Sophie Mor­ton led off, fin­ish­ing ninth in 7:20 be­fore Scar­lett Wa­ger-Leigh made up five places with her run of 7:30 to leave Har­ri­ers on the brink of a medal.

How­ever, with sev­eral teams hav­ing opted to put their fastest run­ner on the an­chor leg, Robyn Watkins faced a tough task and de­spite run­ning 7:43, a full minute faster than her time the pre­vi­ous year, Har­ri­ers had to set­tle for 11th.

Har­ri­ers had hoped to en­ter an U17 women’s team, but ill health meant Han­nah Thear was last lady stand­ing so she ran alone,

9:06 clock­ing cir­cuit.

Mean­while, Chiltern Har­ri­ers’ hus­band and wife team Martin Black and Kirstie El­liott pounded the streets of the Big Ap­ple in the name of char­ity on Sun­day.

They took on one of the world’s big­gest marathons in New York in support of Ox­fam, and both crossed the line in un­der four hours.

Kirstie proved the quicker, com­plet­ing the 26.2 miles in 3hrs 20mins 50secs, with Black almost 35 min­utes be­hind in 3:55:03.

Their com­bined ef­forts have raised $2,372, and more do­na­tions are wel­come at www.crow­drise. com/ox­fam­nyc2014/fundraiser/ mar­t­in­black.

Closer to home, the club’s men’s team en­joyed in­di­vid­ual and team suc­cess at the Mar­low Half Marathon.

Ed­die O’Gor­man was first over



2.5km the line in 1hr 17mins, with team­mate Alis­tair Melville-Smith close be­hind in fifth – the lead­ing veteran over-35 run­ner – clock­ing a per­sonal best 1:22:11.

An­drew Wiseall was the third team mem­ber to count, com­ing home 16th in a sea­son’s best 1:25:48, while Nathan Tay­lor was 29th in 1:28:18.

It was a busy week for Tay­lor, who clocked 1:03:54 in the pre­vi­ous Sun­day’s 31st run­ning of the popular 10-mile Rocky Road Run.

That was not quick enough to up­stage Har­ri­ers’ Sian Thomas, who was first lady home almost half a minute ahead of Thomas in 1:03:25.

Hy­wel hot on record­ing Thomas was Tay­lor’s heels 1:06:01, while


another Har­rier, Kate Loach, recorded a new per­sonal best of 1:16:49.

Mean­while, M40 run­ners Sam Mel­drum and Scott Getley achieved times of 1:37:43 and 1:58:17 at Satur­day’s Thames Me­an­der Half Marathon, a trail race held in Kingston, Sur­rey.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

(Above) Chiltern Har­ri­ers U15 girls Robyn Watkins, Sophie Mor­ton and Scar­lett Wa­ger-Leigh, with Han­nah Thear, the sole U17 run­ner; (be­low) An­drew Wiseall, Alis­tair Melville- Smith, Ed­die O’Gor­man and Nathan Tay­lor at the Mar­low Half Marathon

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