Strong show­ing strength­ens Har­ri­ers’ grip on third place

Two in­di­vid­ual wins helped Chiltern to fourth spot over­all de­spite Schools Cup ab­sen­tees

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @el­lis_ red

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

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