Har­ri­ers just miss medal fin­ish

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CHILTERN

In races that fea­tured more than 100 teams from around the coun­try, all four age group A teams came in the top ten with bronze medals for the U15 boys the highlight.

Af­ter heavy overnight rain and in mild, dry­ing con­di­tions the teams tack­led an un­du­lat­ing 2km cir­cuit, the first leg about 50m shorter than the oth­ers due to the po­si­tion of the start.

The first age group to fea­ture a Chiltern pres­ence was the U13 boys.

Chiltern had three full teams and on the tough first leg, Woody Jack­son (7min 20sec) brought the team in 31st, Lau­rie Gawne (7.22) the B team in 36th, and Nathan Sweeney (7.44) the C team in 64th. Great in­roads were made in the sec­ond leg, with Thomas Red­mond (7.19) bring­ing Har­ri­ers up to 12th, Matt Al­dred hav­ing a su­perb run to move the B team eighth, and debu­tant Max Bax­ter (8.02) mov­ing the C team to 51st.

In-form Cor­mac Nis­bet (7.03) ran a great fi­nal leg to have Har­ri­ers fin­ish fourth, just run­ning out of course to col­lect a medal. Nis­bet’s time was the sec­ond fastest of the sec­ond and third lap times. Tom Emery’s 7.30 was enough for 11th, en­sur­ing Chiltern had the best-placed B team, and Jamie Pow­ell, with 8.39, fin­ished off the C line-up in a field of 97 teams.

The U13 girls also had a great day, repli­cat­ing the boys’ fourth place – and again they came from be­hind.

Holly Hen­der­son ran 7.42 on the first leg to fin­ish 13th. Rosa Williams (8.15) moved the team up to tenth and Ab­bie Hen­der­son had a storm­ing run of 7.43 – the day’s fifth-fastest time – to bring the team home.

With 104 com­plete teams, Frankie Bax­ter had an ex­cel­lent de­but 7.39 on the first leg in an in­com­plete Chiltren B team.

The U17s were miss­ing a run­ner but, on an ex­tended 3km route, Oliver Jack­son, with 10.13, and Cameron Hath­away-En­right (11.05) both had good runs.

The U15 girls had a pleas­ing re­sult, fin­ish­ing tenth from 101 teams.

Orla Williams got Har­ri­ers off to a great start, com­ing home 13th in 7.23. Jane Wil­liamson moved the team up to fifth with 7.42 and Ella Peters had a very good run to record 7.59 for leg three, and a fi­nal plac­ing of tenth.

The last race fea­tur­ing Chiltern run­ners was the U15 boys. New­comer this sea­son, Alex John­son, braved a tough first leg and came home in 42nd place with a time of 7.03.

Alex Al­dred con­tin­ued his great sea­son, mov­ing the team up to eighth with 6.35. An­gus Williams was able to keep up the mo­men­tum, run­ning 6.38 to move up to third among 106 com­plete teams.

Al­dred and Wilil­ams ran the third and fifth fastest times of the race and Jamie Car­ruthers ran well, with 7.21, in an in­com­plete B team.

The club has seen ex­cel­lent re­sults from the age group teams in the au­tumn re­lays, and hopes are high for medals in the Buck­ing­hamshire, South­ern, and Na­tional Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships af­ter Christ­mas.

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