Four golds as Har­ri­ers pile up the medals

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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.

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