Sophie East and James McCarthy who have qualified for the English Schools Championships.
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Chiltern Harriers had a very successful weekend at Oxford at the Bucks and Oxon County Championships picking up a record medal haul, with many county champions.
The weather was largely dry but a blustery wind made life difficult for the middle distance runners. The sprinters benefitted from the wind which was behind them most of the time.
Under 13 girls
Hannah Thear had a superb championships winning three gold medals. Saturday saw her retain her 1500m title in a season's best 5.11.57 and smash her long jump PB with 4.22m. On Sunday Hannah led from the front to win the 800m in a new best of 2.31.05. Claire Buttivant was unlucky coming fourth in 100m, 200m and shot and there were good performances in the 800m by Orla Fawcett (fifth), Lizzie Barraclough (7th) and Claire Buttivant (8th).
Under 15 girls
Connie Lewis set a new Championship record in winning the 3000m in 10.49.43 and was also silver medallist in the 1500m. Sarah Cross and Rebecca Yeabsley took silver and bronze in the 100m with Hannah Shepard also making the final. Claudia McInerney was fourth in the 200m final. Robyn Lisle took bronze in the high jump with 1.35m and was fifth in the long jump. Katie Bench and Alice Hall were fifth and sixth in the 1500m and there were good runs from Rosalind Firth (6th) Georgie Bingham (7th), Emma Barraclough (9th), Amy Fawcett (10th) and Maria Slade (11th) in the 800m. Maria Slade also ran the 300m and recorded a PB of 49.38 to take the bronze medal.
Under 17 women
Chess Gordge was fifth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m, good experience for this first year athlete. Another first year Chloe Allen ran well to make the 300m final and finished sixth in a season's best.
Under 20 women
Sophie East won gold in the 100m in 12.41 and also achieved the qualifying time for the English Schools Championships - a great result for Sophie who will go to the championships for the second successive year. She was also second in the 200m in 26.30.
Under 13 boys
The Chiltern boys dominated this age group with Peter Hughes and Charlie Stevens completing a 1-2 in both 100m and 75m hurdles, Alex Ahern winning the 200m, Will Perkin gold medallist in both 800m and 1500m, and Rohan Montgomery victorious in the high jump. Robert Hall won the silver medal in the 1500m, Richard Slade took bronze in the long jump, and Rohan Montgomery the bronze in the 800m. Angus Denison-Smith, David Willcox, Calum Steer and Richard Slade ran the 1500m and Richard Slade also ran a PB in the 800m.
Under 15 boys
James McCarthy had a double win in the 800m and 1500m, both in PBs, and his 2.05.54 PB in the 800m got him the qualifying time for the English Schools Championships. Joe Aherne took silver in the 1500m, again in a new best, but won gold in the 3000m in a new PB of 9.55.50. There was success in the 100m for James White with a new best of 12.17 in winning silver. Charlie Smith was sixth in the 100m but won bronze in the 80m hurdles.
Under 17 men
Close sprints races brought medals for the Chiltern runners. Daniel Cady took silver in a blanket finish that saw him, the bronze medallist, and fourth placed Dominic Janson all clock 11.58. Nick Brabbs also PBed in fifth with 11.95. In the 200m Daniel again took silver in 24.23. Dominic took bronze in 24.38 and Nick was fifth in 24.94. Alex Johnson was third in the 400m and fifth in the 800m. The 1500m was possibly the most exciting race of the weekend with several top names competing. Michael Goddard ran well to log a new PB of 4.13.84 in bronze. George Gillingwater and Jack Walker were sixth and seventh. Michael went on to take gold in the 3000m and this was matched by versatile athlete John Underwood in the 100m hurdles. John also won silvers in both shot and discus.
Under 20 men
Allan Stewart had a good weekend with a gold in the 200m and second places in both 400m and 800m. Zak Underwood took gold in the pole vault with 3.30m.
Tom Beedell running for Kingston and Poly won the 3000m steeplechase and was second in the 1500m whilst Steve Winter was sixth in the 800m, running for Oxford City.
In the Under 11 Quadkids event Ollie Powell won the age 10 competition, Harry Brandon the age 9, and Sandie Pohlman was second in the Age 10 girls event.
So a record haul of 18 gold medals, 13 silvers and 9 bronzes bodes well for the rest of the season and future athletics for the youngsters of Chiltern Harriers.
Meanwhile at Watford in the Herts County Championships, Under 13 Thomas Conway ran a new 800m PB of 2.27.31 to win gold. Hannah Wardley took gold in the Under 17 long jump, and Under 15 Hannah Morton in the 800m and Abi Jones in the Under 13 200m and 800m also set season's bests.