Sixty three Chiltern Harriers young athletes took part in the first
track and field National League match of the season at Lee Valley on
Newly promoted to the Premier Division, the Chiltern athletes acquitted themselves very well with many personal bests and several making their debuts in the league. Chiltern were fifth from six clubs but can take many positives from the experience up against some of the strongest clubs in the country.
In the U17 boys events there were wins for James McCarthy in the A string 1500m in 4.09.8 and B string 400m in 54.1. Joe Aherne, Elie Bou-Gharios, Matt Simpson, Jack Quoroll and Sam Butcher ran well in the middle distance races, Nick Brabbs continued his good form in the sprints, James Bunker did well in the throws, and Alex Johnson did well across a range of events. The 4 x 400m team did well to achieve second place.
The U15 boys team is shaping up well. There were wins for Sam Henning in the A string 1500m in 4.33.7, Bill Hughes in the B string 1500m in 4.37.9. Will Perkin and Tom Conway both gained PBs in the 800m and Jamie Lloyd had a great day in the 200m, 300m and javelin with good back up in the sprints from Dan Whittall, Rhys Aitchison and Daniel Richards. Fabian Everiss and Charlie Smith helped with the throws. The 4 x 100m team were an excellent second.
The U13 boys saw good sprinting from Alex Ahern, Peter Hughes and James Smith, and there were good runs in the middle distance events from Angus Denison-Smith, and debutants Finley Davis, Callum Hodson and Ethan Kidd. Charlie Stevens did well in a range of events and won the B string 75m hurdles.
The U17 girls featured Sarah Cross in the sprints and Hannah Shepard gained a win in the B string 200m in 27.0. Emma Barraclough, Sarah Needleman, Rosalind Firth, Maria Slade and Hannah Wardley scored well across a range of events.
Hannah Morton gained the English Schools qualifying time by running a PB of 4.50.8 in her win in the U15 girls 1500m. Amy Fawcett and Katie Bench got PBs in the 800m and Rachel Klima, Rebecca Yeabsley, Fran Luttrell and Eloise Lenihan looked after the sprints. Hannah Thear, Robyn Lisle, Claire Buttivant, and Laurie Weatherall did well in the field events.
The U13 girls saw wins for Orla Fawcett in the A string 1200m in 4.02.00 and Sophie Morton in the B string 1200m in 4.06.7. Rose Dakin, Sandie Pohlman and Becca Jones ran well in the sprints as did Lizzie Barraclough and Abi Jones in the 800m, helped out by Maddy Lacey in long jump and relay.
The next match is On May 20th at Battersea Park where another good day of athletics is on the cards.