Young dis­tance run­ners get a taste for win­ning

Five lit­tle ath­letes gain sec­ond tri­umphs of the sea­son

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Anna Casey tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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

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