Harriers young athletes got off to a flying start in their McCain Young
Athletes League campaign with a win in their first match at Handy Cross
on Sunday. After the first round of matches Chiltern are top of their
division of nine teams.
A cloudy morning developed into a bright afternoon but a strong blustery wind made fast times difficult for both sprinters and middle distance runners.
In Division 1 South (North West) Chiltern were up against Hillingdon AC and Camberley and District AC. In a match where Chiltern were always in front, they emerged winners with 552 points from Hillingdon with 500 and Camberley 472. Chiltern fielded a strong team numbering fifty-six athletes.
Under 13 boys
There were wins for Peter Hughes in the 75m hurdles and Tom Conway in the 800m and the long jump. There were 1-2s for Will Perkin and Angus Denison-Smith in the 1500m, Robbie Hill and Rohan Pandya in the shot and Ed Mundy and Rohan Montgomery in the high jump. There was great support from Alex Ahern, Charlie Stevens and Oli Moir in the sprints and relay.
Under 15 boys
James White excelled with wins in the 200m and long jump. Callum Reid-Jones also did the double with victory in the high jump and javelin. James Bunker won the shot and Armaan Sandhu the discus with James McCarthy victorious in the 800m. There were also valuable contributions from Matt Sperling, Charlie Smith, Joe Aherne, Sam Butcher, Callum Neal, and Jack Hughes.
Under 17 men
John Underwood took wins in the discus and hammer and James Hamilton in the javelin. There was a 1-2 in the 1500m steeplechase for Jack Walker and Jimmy Davies. Sprinters Nick Brabbs and Dominic Janson ran well and there were good efforts across the events from Michael Goddard, Liam MacDonald, Alex Johnson, Jack Dutton and Chris Strong.
Under 13 girls
Lizzie Barraclough and Claire Buttivant were a 1-2 in the 800m. Hannah Thear and Orla Fawcett repeated the feat in the 1200m and Claire Buttivant won the shot. Very good contributions came from Rose Dakin, Sarah Massey, Maddy Lacey, Abi Jones and Francesca Lacey.
Under 15 girls
There were 1-2s in the 800m from Connie Lewis and Rosalind Firth and Hannah Morton and Katie Bench in the 1500m. The sprinters Sarah Cross, Rebecca Yeabsley, Claudia McInerney, Amy Nicholson, Hannah Shepard and Rachel Klima scored valuable points and Robyn Lisle won good points in long jump and high jump.
Under 17 women
Chloe Allen won both 800m and shot, Chess Gordge ran the sprints and Amy Harris tackled 300m and javelin.
The next match is at Bracknell on May 22nd with Chiltern looking to build on a great start.