Eleven Chiltern Harriers took part in this prestigious
for Bucks on Sunday and one for Herts. The competition at Kingsmeadow
stadium in Kingston-on-Thames featured the best athletes from thirteen
southern counties in A string and B string events
There were many PBs for the youngsters in high calibre competition. The middle distance events proved particularly successful for Bucks’ Chiltern athletes.
Will Perkin was second in the A string 800m in a new PB of 2.18.94 with Tom Conway, running for Herts, in fifth – also in a PB of 2.23.17. The B string race saw Sam Henning run well for second place in new best figures of 2.25.53. Robert Hall was running in the B string 1500m and ran strongly from the front to come home third in a new record of 4.55.94.
For the girls Hannah Thear had a superb race to finish fourth in the A string 1500m with a huge new PB of 4.58.61, which places her 11th in the national rankings. Lizzie Barraclough ran in the B race and took seven seconds off her old time to finish an excellent fifth in 5.30.35.
In the sprints Jack Denton featured in both B string 100m and 200m. He achieved bests in both races – 14.08 in the 100m and 28.17 in the 200m. Daniel Richards and Alex Ahern ran in the non-scoring 100m with new PBs respectively of 13.71 and 14.15. Jack, Alex and Mohammed Irsalan teamed up with Scott Clare of Wycombe to finish a very good third in the 4 x100m relay in 53.29.
Francesca Luttrell was an excellent eighth in the A string 70m hurdles, recording a PB of 12.25 in an event still quite new to her. Claire Buttivant ran in the B string 200m and recorded a PB of 31.24. Claire Buttivant and Hannah Thear featured in the girls 4 x 100m team that came eleventh.
In the field events, Jack Denton was eighth in the A string long jump in a new best of 4.59m and Tom Conway was second in the B string long jump with 4.64m. Hannah Thear jumped 3.97m in the girls A string long jump and Daniel Richards was seventh in the A string shot with 8.97m.
This was great experience for all the young athletes taking part and with Chiltern providing eleven of the nineteen Bucks athletes taking part, a reflection of the strength of the club in the county in the younger age groups.