Familiar faces take honours again in cross country fixture
Hughes, Baxter, Aldred and Henderson star again
As in round one, Maddie Hughes and Frankie Baxter of St Mary’s, Matt Aldred of Chalfont St Peter and Abbie Henderson of Gerrards Cross were too quick for the rest in their respective age groups.
Baxter was again in a class of her own in the year four girls’ race, finishing well clear of Chartridge’s Lesedi Nkoane and Marea Logan from Gateway. Logan would have the satisfaction of Gateway taking team gold in this class.
A year higher up, Hughes scored a second individual win for St Mary’s when getting the better of Heatherton House’s Hannah Ashby, with Rosa Williams of Gerrards Cross back in third. Heatherton took the team honours here.
The third dominant force of the series so far among the girls was Henderson, who beat classmate Holly Henderson to the tape in the year six event, their onetwo helping Gerrards Cross to team gold as well. Olivia Williams of Chesham Prep was third.
Not to be outdone, Aldred struck a blow for boy power with his second win in their year six race ahead of Gateway’s Cormac Nisbet and Teague Eaton from Great Missenden. Good grouping furtherdownthefieldmeanttheBeacon claimed the team honours.
There were some new names on the individual role of honour too, with Chartridge’s Alfie Clifford turning his silver medal from round one into gold in the year four boys’ race ahead of George Beddow of Gayhurst and Max Baxter of St Mary’s. Beddow had ample consolation by way of adding team gold to his individual silver.
A one-two for The Beacon duo of Thomas Redmond and E Creighton in the boys’ year five race was not enough for the team gold, which went to Gayhurst, for whom Duncan Meazzo was third.
Meanwhile, the year three boys’ event was probably the largest of the day with around 90 competitors on the line.
Alex Thomas of Gerrards Cross would prove quicker than the rest, who were headed by Alex Hughes of St Mary’s and Dan Munn of Gayhurst, whose school took team gold.
And Evangelina Baker of Elangeni took the year three girls’ honours ahead of Lily Webb of Chalfont St Peter and Jessica Waterton of Chartridge, while Godstowe took gold in the team race.
(Cl (Clockwisek i f from aboveb left) Thomas Redmond finished first in the boys’ Year 5 race; Abbie Henderson won the year six
event; Godstowe took gold in the team race