Strong showing strengthens Harriers’ grip on third place
Two individual wins helped Chiltern to fourth spot overall despite Schools Cup absentees
OAKLEY Denson and Orla Williams were Chiltern Harriers’ brightest young stars in the third round of the Chiltern Cross Country League at Stops ley Park on Saturday.
Both won individual races while the club recorded individual victories and there were three team wins in the younger age groups on a day which saw Harriers take fourth overall, to consolidate third place in the league standings.
Denson’s win in the boys’ under11 s led the team to a second win of the campaign. He was well supported by new recruit Leon Doran in third and Max Baxter, who was sixth. The boys hold a one-point lead in the overall standings for the age-group.
The girls’ U13s were missing key runners who were taking part in the English Schools Cup Final on Merseyside so Williams’ second individual win of the season was all the more crucial. With Alicia Bushell fifth and Laura Williams 14th, the girls were a strong third on the day.
The other two team wins were provided by Harriers’ younger stars, from the girls’ U11s and the boys’ U13s.
The latter made it three wins out of three for the season thanks to Nathan Hackley (in second), Woody Jackson (third) and Matt Aldred (seventh), while Teague Eaton and Tom Emery were just outside the top 10.
The U11 girls too produced another convincing win. Rosa Williams led the charge in second with Frankie Baxter just behind her in third and Hannah Ashby hot on their heels in fifth. Such was their dominance Maddie Hughes was eighth and Ella Botha 10th.
The junior women’s team were out in force and achieved their best result of the season in second.
Robyn Watkins was runner-up in the individual standings while Scarlett Wager-Leigh came in seventh and Orla Fawcett was the third counting runner, in 17th.
The senior women too were second, thanks to Bex Nkoane coming home sixth and Louise Durman seventh, with Mairead O’ Rourke.
Other notable performances included: Adam Day, who was fifth in the boys’ U17s; Thomas Job, seventh (boys’ U15s) and Jane Williamson, eighth (girls’ U15s), while Nick Hughes was first man home for the senior men, in 13th.
Dominant: The U11 girls had five finishers in the top 10