Harriers take third place in Milton Keynes fixture
CHILTERN Harriers came third on the day, consolidating third place overall, in their Chiltern Cross Country League fixture at Milton Keynes on Saturday.
The senior men’s race was notable for Chiltern’s youngsters doing well, led by U20s James McCarthy (15th) and JontyWager-Leigh (25th).
McCarthy was the first U20 home and Wager-Leigh the third, helping the U20s to second place overall. The seniors finished sixth overall, while the veterans were third on the day, thanks to the efforts of Nick Hughes (32nd), James Repper (54th) and Alastair Melville Smith (64th).
Sian Thomas made a great return to finish ninth for the senior women, backed up by newcomer Louise Durman (18th), Bex Nkoane (23rd) and Ali Young (29th) to finish third on the day, while the Vets’ foursome of Nkoane, Young, Kirstie Elliott, and Barbara Ralph were second.
The U17s men had a strong team out and the scoring foursome of Will Perkin (fourth), Tom Rayner (eighth), Will Brown (13th) and Richard Slade (15th) ensued second place, while the U17/U20 women were missing some key athletes, but finished fifth through Maddy Lacey (16th), Orla Fawcett (20th) and Scarlett Wager-Leigh (28th).
Also depleted were the U15 boys, with several running in a schools competition, but they still managed sixth place on the day, while good runs from Robyn Watkins (second), Sophie Morton (fourth), Emily Alderson (13th) and Sandie Pohlman (24th) secured second place for the U15 girls.
There was another clean sweep for the U13 boys, with Angus Williams, Thomas Job, Tom Hunter, Nathan Hackley and Alex Aldred wrapping up the top five places – while Orla Williams (seventh), Olivia Cameron (14th), Alice Moffat (18th) and Laura Williams (24th) kept the U13 girls in the hunt.
There was another victory for the U11 girls, thanks to the efforts of Abbie Henderson (seventh), Holly Henderson (eighth) and Carys Arnold (13th). Also running well were Maddie Hughes (14th), and Hannah Ashby (16th), while Cormac Nisbet (eighth), Matt Aldred (ninth) and Bailey Cameron (11th) helped the U11 boys keep up the pressure on the leaders.
Chiltern Harriers’ U17 men