Har­ri­ers’ get off to a flyer

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CHILTERN HAR­RI­ERS’ young en­durance run­ners got their win­ter sea­son off to a fly­ing start at Crys­tal Palace on Sun­day in the South­ern Road Re­lay Cham­pi­onships.

The high­light were sil­ver medals for the U13 girls team but most age group’s A teams fin­ished in the top 10.

Con­di­tions were poor with heavy rain and sev­eral sub­stan­tial pud­dles to ne­go­ti­ate on the fast 3.1km cir­cuit of Crys­tal Palace Park.

The start and fin­ish area was in the Crys­tal Palace Ath­let­ics Track which made for a good at­mos­phere.

The U13s were off first and Ella Botha (12min 8sec) ran well to bring the A team in sev­enth. Frankie Bax­ter (11:51) made up sev­eral places to fin­ish in sec­ond and Lesedi Nkoane (12:10) main­tained that po­si­tion on leg three.

The B team of Rosa Wil­liams (12:49), Han­nah Ashby (12:40) and Mad­die Hughes (13:35) were 20th and the C team of Marea Lo­gan (12:53), El­lie Shield (13:38) and Roxy McLel­lan (14:22) were 34th from a to­tal of 56 com­plete teams.

The U13 boys A team was made up of first years, so they did well to fin­ish in eighth place from the 44 com­plete teams. Leon Do­ran (11:32) led off, fol­lowed by Max Bax­ter (11:52), Euan Pin­der (11:47) and Rowan Gawne (12:01). The B and C teams also did well, com­ing 24th and 29th re­spec­tively. The B team con­sisted of Archie Pin­der (12:18), Al­fie Clif­ford (12:18), Alden Col­lier (12:28) and Sammy Ben­netts (12:40) and the Cs were Jamie Pow­ell (12:41), Oak­ley Den­son (12:01), Isaac Jes­sop-Tran­ter (12:28) and James Van Der Zwart (13:35).

The U15 girls per­formed ex­cel­lently with the A team fifth and the B team 12th from 67 teams. For the A team, Ab­bie Hen­der­son (11:35) led off and Holly Hen­der­son (11:53) moved the team up to sec­ond. Orla Wil­liams (11:46) strug­gled with a stitch but held on for fifth.

The B team of Alice Brown (11:58), Ali­cia Bushell (12:00) and Ji­naan Lock­wood (12:28) showed the strength in depth the club have in this age group this year.

The U15 boys fielded two teams, with lots of in­ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes, so the A team fin­ish of 13th and B team plac­ing of 21st from 42 teams was im­pres­sive.

For the A team, Louis Peter­son ran ex­cel­lently for fifth on leg one in 10:16. Finn O’Brien (11:10), Char­lie Stone (11:15) and Matt Al­dred (11:31) com­pleted the team. The B team was made up of Jamie Car­ruthers (11:09), Woody Jack­son (11:24), Ben Jack­son (11:11) and Lau­rie Gawne (11:28).

The U17 men have a good squad this year and the A team fin­ished fifth, the best per­for­mance the club have achieved in this com­pe­ti­tion

They ran a much longer 4.8km course than the younger age groups.

Alex Al­dred (15:55), Tommy Davies (5:58), Cameron Reid (16:38) and An­gus Wil­liams (16:27) made up the team.

The B team of Alex John­son (16:18), Tom Hunter (18:10), Matt Clif­ford (17:55) and Thomas Job (19:10) were 28th. So­raya Lock­wood Ran 13;01 as a solo U17 woman.

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