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Chiltern Harriers had another good match at Luton in the fourth of the five match series. With the senior men down some key runners, the young athletes excelled with some superb performances. The club were fourth on the day and stay fourth overall.
The first races of the day were the Under 11s. The boys put on a blistering show finishing with six of the top seven positions. Angus Denison-Smith made it four wins out of four, and thus clinched the league title. He dominated the race from the start, eventually winning by 19 seconds. Jack Murray was third, Calum Steer fourth, Theo Kontos fifth, Peter Hughes sixth and Charlie Stevens seventh. The boys are in an unassailable position in the league with one match to go.
The U11 girls also had a good outing with Lizzie Barraclough having her best race of the season to be second. Mimi Houlihan-Burne was ninth and Sophie Morton tenth to complete the scoring. Lily Pearson (11th) and Rhiannon Ward (14th) also had good runs. The girls were a close second on the day and remain overall second for the season.
There were also excellent results in the U13s. The boys were winners on the day for the first time this season. Bill Hughes won the Division 1 race and thus also ensured he is Chiltern League winner for the season. Will Perkin was fifth, Robert Hall sixth and Sam Henning 14th to complete the winning team. The boys are in third place, just five points behind second placed Bedford.
The U13 girls featured a great run from Hannah Morton to be third. The team, third on the day, was made up by Georgie Bingham (9th), Katie Bench (14th) and Rachel Padwick (22nd). Hannah Thear had a great start but was spiked, lost a shoe and did well to complete the course. The girls are third with one match to go.
In the U15s Michael Goddard had another good run to be third. The team, James McCarthy (11th), Andrew Stenning (20th) and Joe Aherne (27th), were third and hold third place in the league. The U15 girls were led home by Connie Lewis in second with Rosalind Firth coming back to form in 10th, Emma Barraclough 16th and Hannah Wardley 20th. The girls are having a great season and were third on the day, fourth overall.
Ben Hall continued his good recent form to be 14th in the Under 17 men's race. George Gillingwater was 21st, Jack Walker 22nd, and Liam McDonald 28th. The boys were fifth on the day, sixth overall. Phoebe Cutter was 17th in the U17 women's race.
In the seniors Fabian Downs was first Chiltern man home in sixth. Eddie O'Gorman was disappointed to be 23rd but remains third senior man league-to-date. James Repper had another good run to be 30th, Jon Taylor was 78th and Peter Wootton 100th. The men were eighth on the day and are sixth overall.
The senior women's race featured a superb run from Sian Thomas to be fifth, her best ever finish. Debbie Wenman was 12th, Jenni Coxon 22nd and Judith Orr 26th to have the team end up in fourth on the day, and are third in a very close league race. The vets foursome of Debbie, Judith, Cath Holloway (27th) and Ali Young (28th) were second but still head the league by a good margin.
With one match to go at Wing on February 12th, the club look set to have another very good league season