Report by Jonathan Edwards, team manager
The third leg of the Chiltern League series took place on a chilly Saturday 2nd December at Stopsley Park, Luton. The course, a long flat track, was deceivingly more testing than would be expected at first glance. What makes this event more intriguing is that it doubles up as the Club Championship race across the various age groups.
Performances of the day: Kristian Imroth (pictured, above – photo credit: Barry Cornelius) is always worth the “entrance fee”, running strongly to win the U17 men’s race. He is looking in good shape as we head towards the business end of the XC season in the New Year.
– In the U17/Junior Women’s event, Scarlett Wager-Leigh put in a determined performance to finish an excellent seventh. She has a great attitude and is someone to whom younger members of the squad look up to.
– Stella Whitlum had her best-ever run at a Chiltern League event, finishing 11th in the U13 girls race. She is running with so much more confidence and determination, and if she maintains her form she is likely to come in for County consideration.
– Rhys Rowlands finished a superb sixth in the U20 men’s race, which is run together with the senior men. In a field of 221 Division 1 senior, vet and U20 competitors, Rhys crossed the line in 54th overall, with coach Mike Dunphy commenting on how strong he looked coming round at the end of the first lap.
Special mentions: Evie Light and Milla Walsh in the U11 girls race. Both improve with each race and are showing great potential, and their top-20 places (out of 70 competitors) are particularly impressive, as U11s are not split into separate divisions. Euan Rigarlsford ran strongly in the U13 boys as did Amy Cassidy and Lily Boden in the U15 girls. Lily is a different runner to this time last year, showing much greater commitment both in training (most of the time!) and in competition. She is proving that commitment = better race results. The U15 boys group of Thomas Durrant, Jack Raine and Thomas Ashton all performed well and should be pleased with their placings.
Finally a mention for Ryan Ginn who worked very hard on his XC season opener. We look forward to seeing Ryan at more events as the season continues.
Editor’s note: Parents – please feel free to take photos of your children in these races and send high-resolution copies to Jonathan! At the moment, we have to rely on official race photographers, many of whom are not permitted to take photos of the U15 or younger age groups.
|Results – Chiltern League 2017-18: Luton (Race 3)|
|Category||Name||Place (Div 1)||Club champs|
|U11 girls||Evie Light||13th*||Gold|
|U11 girls||Milla Walsh||18th*||Silver|
|U13 girls||Stella Whitlum||11th||Gold|
|U13 girls||Amy Lane||27th||Silver|
|U13 girls||Summa Jo Bradley||28th||Bronze|
|U15 girls||Amy Cassidy||19th||Gold|
|U15 girls||Lily Boden||24th||Silver|
|U15 girls||Jessica Hill||30th||Bronze|
|U17 women||Scarlett Wager-Leigh||7th||Gold|
|U17 women||Alex Bousfield||29th||Silver|
|U13 boys||Euan Rigarlsford||22nd||Gold|
|U13 boys||Tim Fryer||26th||Silver|
|U15 boys||Thomas Durrant||15th||Gold|
|U15 boys||Jack Raine||19th||Silver|
|U15 boys||Thomas Ashton||20th||Bronze|
|U15 boys||Ryan Ginn||39th||4th|
|U17 men||Kristian Imroth||1st||Gold|
|U17 men||Jamie Ayres||10th||Silver|
|U17 men||Angus Saunders||28th||Bronze|
|U20 men||Rhys Rowlands||6th||Gold|
*U11 runners are scored as a combined “mob match” race, Divisions 1 and 2 together.