Back - Jack Quoroll, Matt Simpson, Callum Neal
Front Jonty Wager-Leigh and Sam Howell
Hannah Wardley, Hannah Morton,
Sophie Chesterman and Claire Baxter
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Chiltern Harriers’ increased presence in Hertfordshire was
shown by a very good showing at the Herts Track and Field Championships
at Watford at the weekend.
There were four gold, five silver and three bronze medals won, as well as several personal bests and plenty of encouraging debuts.
Conditions were good at Woodside Stadium with sunny skies and mild temperatures.
In the 1500m races on Saturday Hannah Morton won the Under 15 girls 1500m in 4.53.03. Claire Baxter and Sophie Chesterman both gained PBs in sixth and eighth places respectively.
Matt Simpson was highest placed Chiltern runner in the Under 17 men’s 1500m in sixth with a PB of 4.26.55. Callum Neal and Jack Quoroll also ran well. In the Under 15 boys 1500m Jonty Wager-Leigh gained another PB just being edged into fourth with Sam Howell gaining good experience in seventh.
Hannah Wardley ran a season’s best to win bronze in the Under 17 women’s 1500m in 5.24.20.
The 1500m on Sunday for Under 13s saw a great performance by the Chiltern girls. Sophie Morton was the winner in a very good time of 5.14.89, with Abi Jones second in 5.32.23. Scarlett Wager-Leigh just missed out on bronze, finishing a very creditable fourth.
There was also success in the 800 races. Jonty Wager-Leigh and Tom Conway had a great battle in the Under 15 boys race with Jonty winning silver and Tom bronze, both with new PBs of 2.18 and 2.19 respectively.
Again the Under 13 girls featured well with Sophie Morton, fourth, Abi Jones, fifth, Emily Bannister, seventh, and Emily Baxter all having very good runs. In the Under 15 girls final Hannah Morton was just edged into fourth and Claire Baxter ran a big new PB to finish sixth.
Under 13 Jake Alderson showed his versatility by winning the 75m hurdles in a new best time, coming second in the high jump and running a great 800m to finish fourth. Another capable Under 13, Abi Jones added to her silver in the 1500m with more silvers in high jump and javelin, her 24.20m keeping her in the top dozen ranked throwers in the country. The Under 13 girls 4 x 100m relay team – Sophie Morton, Emily Baxter, Abi Jones and Becca Jones – won bronze.
To round things off towards the end of Sunday afternoon, Jamie Lloyd ran his debut 400m of the season and came away with a victory in 56.91.