Harriers just miss medal finish
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.