Gold Medal winners Under 13 boys team
Silver Medal Under 15 girls team
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Pictures by Steve Perkin
There was a great contribution from Chiltern Harriers young athletes to
success for Buckinghamshire in the Southern Inter-Counties Cross
Country Championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon on Saturday.
Eleven counties took part in this high quality event, with some of the best cross country runners in the country taking part. Conditions were good – a cool, sunny day and a firm surface making for fast running. The undulating Lloyd Park course made for a true cross country test however.
In the Under 13 boys race great packing by the Bucks lads brought home a superb team gold medal. Sam Henning was fifth, Robert Hall, sixth, Dominic Murphy (Milton Keynes) seventh and Will Perkin, 12th. The score of 30 points was enough to hold off a strong Essex team who ended with 36, and Bedfordshire were third with 71. Also running and making strong debuts for Bucks were Angus Denison-Smith (24th), Fred Sanders (33rd) and Freddie Burrell (56th). Aylesbury’s Harri Kane was 45th.
There was also a team medal for the Bucks Under 15 girls where Connie Lewis was the second county scorer in sixth place. Becca Croft fifth (Windsor), Eloise Davison 16th (Windsor) and Amy Botham 33rd (Milton Keynes) made up the rest of the silver-medal winning foursome.
Earlier the Under 13 girls opened the programme and Sophie Morton continued her superb form. Although only in Year 6, Sophie ran positively to be the second Hertfordshire scorer in 25th. Abi Jones was seventh Herts runner in 59th –a good result after a week-long cold. Hertfordshire were sixth overall.
Running for Bucks in the Under 13 girls race were Hannah Thear – third Bucks scorer in 37th, Katie McCartney (67th) and Lizzie Barraclough (70th). Lizzie, suffering with a cold, also had a nose-bleed on the run but bravely hung on to finish strongly. The Bucks team were seventh.
The Bucks Under 15 boys were led home by James McCarthy in 11th. Bill Hughes (36th) and Joe Aherne (44th) were also in the scoring foursome that brought Bucks in at eighth place.
George Gillingwater was the sole Chiltern representative in the Under 17 team and ran well to be fourth Bucks scorer in 39th place. The U17 Bucks men were fifth.