Har­ri­ers shine through mis­er­able weather

ATH­LET­ICS

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CHILTERN Har­ri­ers had an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful Bucks County Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Hugh­en­den Park, in High Wy­combe, on Satur­day.

In grey, driz­zly con­di­tions on tough, hilly cour­ses, the club won sev­eral medals and had their best cham­pi­onships for some time.

Fabian Downs led the six scor­ers to team gold in the se­nior men’s race with an in­di­vid­ual bronze on the ar­du­ous 11k cir­cuit.

He was backed up by Si­mon Beedell (eighth), James Rep­per (ninth), Nick Hughes (10th), George Gilling­wa­ter (20th) and Peter Gould (27th), while Rep­per and Hughes were gold and sil­ver win­ners in the vet 40 cat­e­gory.

In the se­nior women’s race, San­dra Reynolds, Cath Hol­loway and El­lie Bates bagged team sec­ond, but Reynolds, Hol­loway and Kirstie El­liott were the win­ners of the veteran team gold. In­di­vid­u­ally, Reynolds won gold in the vet 35 cat­e­gory, with El­liott sec­ond, while Hol­loway won gold in the vet 45 and Bar­bara Ralph bronze in the vet 55.

There was also a great deal of suc­cess for the young ath­letes, with all top-four run­ners guar­an­teed a place in the Bucks team at the Na­tional In­ter Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship, in Birm­ing­ham, in March.

In the U13 boys race, Ben Smith had a great run to win gold against a strong field. The team also won gold, with Smith backed up by An­gus Wil­liams (fourth), Tom Hunter (sev­enth) and Zach Ra­haman (ninth). In the U13 girls race, Beth Wel­ham ran strongly to be fourth.

The U15 boys event saw a sil­ver medal-win­ning run from Harry Ket­tle, as the team also se­cured sec­ond place with Will Brown (sixth), George Brown (ninth) and An­gus Deni­son-Smith (11th) also scor­ing. The U15 girls ended up dom­i­nant win­ners, with Emma Kaye the in­di­vid­ual win­ner, Jess Orr tak­ing bronze and Maddy Lacey one place be­hind.

The U17 men’s race was a bat­tle be­tween Chiltern’s Will Perkin and Callum Bamp­ton of Ox­ford, with Perkin hav­ing to set­tle for sil­ver on this oc­ca­sion. Chiltern’s other run­ners were Richard Slade in sev­enth and Will Olek­siuk 11th, while James McCarthy won the U20 men’s race com­fort­ably.

The ju­nior women’s race was very short on num­bers, but Han­nah Thear won the U17 cat­e­gory, with Katie Bench in bronze and Emma Bar­r­a­clough (fourth in the U20 race) com­plet­ing the win­ning team.

DOM­I­NANT: The U15 girls gold medal-win­ning team

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