Strong showings from Middle Distance squad at Chiltern League Race 2

By Jonathan Edwards, team manager

The second leg of the Chiltern League series at Teardrops Lake, Milton Keynes is one of the most exciting events of the XC calendar as it incorporates the second leg of the British Athletics Cross Challenge event. The combined races draw athletes from all over the UK so it provides a very real test for our athletes.

Photos, above (Kristian Imroth) and below courtesy of Barry Cornelius

A top-50 finish can be considered very credible and those who achieved that were:

U17 Men
Kristian Imroth 16th
U15 Boys
Michael Armstrong 24th
Thomas Durrant 38th
Jack Raine 47th
Jamie Bailey 49th
U15 Girls
Amy Cassidy 47th
U13 Girls
Stella Whitlum 23rd
Amy Lane 35th

Well done to all of you.

However, the position improves when the British Cross athletes are removed for Chiltern League purposes. Here are the club results for Division 1:

U17 Men
Kristian Imroth 2nd
Jamie Ayres 11th
Angus Saunders 22nd
George Dowding 34th
TEAM RESULT 4th place

Angus Saunders has gone from strength to strength in his first season in the D&T vest

U15 Boys
Michael Armstrong 5th
Thomas Durrant 12th
Jack Raine 17th
Jamie Bailey 19th
Thomas Ashton 28th
Tom O’Reilly 30th
TEAM RESULT 2nd place
U13 Boys
Tim Fryer 24th
Jude McKay 25th
Euan Rigarlsford 27th
Oliver Painter 32nd
Niall Cassidy 38th
TEAM RESULT 8th place
U17 Women
Scarlett Wager-Leigh 10th
Grace Birdseye 25th

Scarlett Wager-Leigh impressed in her first official Chiltern League race in the green and purple

U15 Girls
Amy Cassidy 14th
Lily Boden 24th
Jessica Hill 25th
Olivia Hill 26th
Izzy Painter 31st
Jessica Hoar 38th
Jessica Benveniste 40th
TEAM RESULT 6th place
U13 Girls
Stella Whitlum 7th
Amy Lane 14th
U11 Girls
Evie Light 16th
Milla Walsh 23rd

Whilst some fields were affected by the absence of athletes competing in the regional Finals of the English Schools XC Cup, the results show steady improvement from the first leg of the series at Oxford. Well done to the whole squad on your commitment and hard work.

I also want to congratulate our U11 Girls team of Evie Light and Milla Walsh who came 16th and 23rd respectively. What great performances in their first Chiltern League event. The future looks bright and I hope it encourages other U11’s to take part.

Full Division 1 results are here

Full Mob Match results including U11 age groups are here

Special mention: I was at the ESAA Regional Final in Bedford where Olivia Edwards ran very strongly to finish 5th in the Junior Girls event. Her school (Challoners High School) cruised through to the Grand Final in Sevenoaks, Kent in two weeks with all six athletes placing in the top-10 (a first !). Last year the team placed third in the country so, without wishing to tempt fate, there is plenty of excitement that they can go two places better this time.

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