Harriers take bronze
CHILTERN Harriers’ U17 men’s team brought home bronze from the South of England Cross Country Championships at Brighton on Saturday.
They tackled their tough, hilly 6k circuit among 157 runners, and after a short first lap with a long steep climb, Jonty WagerLeigh and Will Perkins were in the leading group. Despite the long, tough course, they maintained good positions throughout.
Wager-Leigh finished 12th and Perkins 15th, while Richard Slade, in 52nd, and Sam Howell (59th) completed the scoring, and Henry Turnbull finished 142nd.
The U13 boys had the biggest Chiltern contingent and Ben Smith had the best finish, coming an excellent fifth, just six seconds behind the winner. Angus Williams, in 25th, Cameron Reid (35th), and Ben Howell (94th) completed the scoring for fifth. There were also good runs from Tommy Davies (98th), Nathan Hackley (100th), Alex Aldred (113th), Phoenix Everiss (129th), Edward Watson (152nd), Kristian Everiss (171st), Harry Brandon (198th) and Joe Day (200th), from 227 finishers.
The U15 Boys were 19th with Angus Denison-Smith (71st), Seb Mills (113th), Will Brown (125th) and George Brown (126th) the scorers and Ollie Jackson 200th, while George Gillingwater was the sole representative in the U20 race, coming 76th.
The senior men featured Eddie O’Gorman in 94th, Nick Hughes in 199th, Peter Wootton in 516th, and Trevor Brawn 849th.
On the girls’ side, there were hopes of a top six team position for the U15s but Scarlett Wager-
PODIUM FINISH: Chiltern Harriers’ U17s men won bronze at the South of England Cross Country Championships in Brighton.
Contributed Leigh had to pull out of the race midway through, although they still managed a respectable 12th. Sophie Morton led the way with an excellent 13th, backed up by Emily Bannister in 46th, Robyn Watkins in 52nd and Orla Fawcett in 162nd. Sandie Pohlman was 170th and Lizzie Barraclough 202nd. Hannah Thear was the sole U17 runner, finishing in a solid 45th from 146 runners while the U13 girls had just three runners, with Emily Alderson (82nd), Alice Moffat (132nd) and Millie Hughes (192nd) all doing well.