Young distance runners get a taste for winning
Five little athletes gain second triumphs of the season
THERE were second wins of the season for five young runners at the second Chesham and District Inter Schools Cross Country meeting.
The race took place at Chartridge Combined School on Saturday, with up to 100 children competing in each race over wet grass, through woods and up a long muddy climb to the finish.
George Beddoe, of Gayhurst, took his second gold of the series in the year three boys’ race, with fellow Gayhurst pupil Finley Connoly in second place and Aaron Gladman of Chalfont St Peter in third. Gayhurst won team gold, with Great Missenden second and Gateway third.
Frankie Baxter’s second win for St Mary’s came in the year three girls’ race, with Lesedi Nkoane of Chartridge second and Katie Reid of Gerrards Cross in third. Team golds were won by Godstowe, with Great Missenden second and Chesham Prep School third.
The year four boys’ race was won by Oakley Denson of Gateway, while Gayhurt’s Sam Matthews was second and Great Missenden’s Jack Kingham in third. Gayhurst took team golds, with Gateway second, and The Beacon third.
Maddie Hughes of St Mary’s grabbed gold in the year four girls’ race, while Rosa Williams of Gerrards Cross took a second silver of the series ahead of Serena Pallenburg of Godstowe. Gerrards Cross landed team gold, with Godstowe second and Chalfont St Peter third.
Chalfont St Peters’ Matt Aldred converted bronze into gold by winning the year five boys’ race from Cormac Nisbet of Gateway in second and Bailey Cameron of The Beacon in third. Team golds were collected by The Beacon, with Chalfont St Peter second and Gateway third.
Abbie Henderson, of Gerrards Cross, built up a clear lead in the year five girls’ race and ran strongly to the finish to take a second gold, followed by fellow Gerrards Cross pupil Holly Henderson, while Olivia Edwards of Chesham Prep edged out Carys Arnold of Dair House on the line to take bronze. Gerrards Cross won team golds, with Chesham Prep second and Godstowe third.
There was another clear win for Aaron Phillips of Gayhurst in the year six boys’ race, with Gateway’s Zach Rahaman in second and The Beacon’s Thomas Creighton in third. Gayhurst took a third set of team golds, with The Beacon second and Gateway third.
Gerrards Cross’s Orla Williams attacked the final climb to produce another convincing win in the year 6 girls’ race, pursued by Megan Harris of Godstowe in second and Helena van Hullen of Chesham Prep in third.
Gerrards Cross completed a hat trick of team golds, with Godstowe second and Chesham Prep third.
The next meeting is at Hervines Park on Saturday, January 24.
MEDALS: Gerrards Cross School pupils and (inset) Aaron Phillips