Four golds as Harriers pile up the medals
CHILTERN Harriers enjoyed a glittering day at the Buckinghamshire Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
Individual golds for Cormac Nisbet (in the under-13 boys event), Abbie Henderson (U13 girls), Nick Hughes (Vet40 men) and Bex Nkoane (Vet35 women) led a 22-medal haul at Stowe School.
Nisbet led an unprecedented 1-23-4 for Harriers U13 boys over a 3km course with three steep climbs. Woody Jackson, Louis Peterson and Tom Emery followed him home to cruise to team gold, with Matt Aldred seventh and Zach Rahaman ninth.
Henderson had earlier timed her run to perfection to win the U13 girls honours with sister Holly taking bronze. Laura Williams’ fifth place secured team gold with Alicia Bushell eighth. Harriers’ leading runner in the age-group Orla Williams was unable to finish because of illness.
Hughes was second in the men’s senior event and took gold as the first vet40. James Repper, Alistair Melville-Smith and Derek Brown secured team gold for the vets, while Simon Beedell, George Gillingwater and Peter Gould saw the senior men to silver.
Nkoane was first Vet35 and second overall in the senior women’s event. Ellie Bates (5th) and Kate Loach (18th) ensured team silver, while Nkoane, Loach, Abigail Askey and Fiona Williams took bronze for the vets.
Great grouping was the secret for the U15 boys, the day’s other team gold medallists for Harriers. None made the podium but Ben Smith was fourth, Angus Williams fifth, Cameron Reid seventh and Thomas Job eighth to clinch the honours.
Harry Cox had his best race of the season for silver in the U17 men’s, leading the team to silver too. Will Brown (5th) Oliver Jackson (6th) and George Brown (9th) were the other scoring runners.
Robyn Watkins took bronze in the U17 women where team bronze was also secured thanks to Mimi Houlihan-Burne (8th) and Hannah Thear (10th).
Richard Slade was Harriers’ other individual medallist, taking bronze in the men’s U20s where there was no team race.
And the girls U15s took team silver thanks to Olivia Cameron (fifth), Soraya Lockwood (sixth), and Ella Peters (12th).
Dominant: Chilterns Harriers’ gold medal winning U13 boys.