Chiltern Cross Country League, Race 5

Chiltern Cross Country League, Race 5, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

NAC competed in the final round of the Chiltern Cross Country League at Campbell Park on Saturday. It was a fitting end to our inaugural Cross-Country season, with our best result in the series. On the day, we took 4 of the age group categories and the overall Division 2 Female and Junior categories, a huge achievement and contributing to some extremely good overall positions in the series.

The course at Campbell Park was very demanding and although mainly firm and dry, there were some relentless hills to contend with. On the plus side, the sun shone throughout the day, the temperature was perfect for running and every athlete finished their race with a smile on their face (maybe that was because the race was finished; and the pain could stop!)

The U11s races were first of the day with some strong performances from Ellie Spencer, Imogen Pierre and Stephanie Longden in the girls and Hector Goatley and Jude Nutt in the boys. A relatively short distance of 1.5k on this course made the races very quick.

U11’s at the start line

The U13 Girls followed, running over 2.5k with top 20 finishes from Zineb Zbirou 2nd and her sister Miriam 7th, split by Ella Darby in 4th. A further five athletes included Thea Oakey, Olivia Willison, Isabelle Smith, Katie Enefer and Millie Sharman ensured that the team won on the day and cemented their overall 2nd place in the series.

NAC’s U13 Girls Team

The U13 Boys went one better by winning on the day and ensuring 1st place in the series, after what has been a dominant season for them. There were excellent runs from Benjamin Westmorland-Alexander 4th, Ollie Walls 5th, Lewis Robson 6th, Malachy Collins 7th, Kai Scott 11th with the team completed by Lewis Fyfe, Freddie Caspall, Tom Elliot, Daniel Wood, Gabriel Goatley, Lewis Cropley and William Gardner.

U13 boys picked up 1st place in their league.

The U15 Girls team, made up of five athletes, came 2nd on the day ensuring 3rd place for the season with committed runs from Abigail Thayanithy 5th, Flora Goatley 8th, debutant Cara Roberts 11th, Caitlin Reeves 12th and Letitia Nyangang in 16th. The U15 Boys team went one better on the day, finishing 1st and equalling the girls 3rd place for the series. The team consisted of Stirling Green 4th, Dilane Nyangang 7th, Joshua Robson 9th, Aidan McFadden 10th with Ryan Croft, Oli Cherrington, James Darby and Oliver Rose completing an excellent team effort.

There were four U17 Women competing for the club over a 4.5k course, finishing 8th on the day and 6th in the series. A very consistent Isabelle Rippon led the team home in 12th, supported by Elysia Lay, Holly Walker and Isobel Haynes. There were also four U17 Men and Matthew Blomley finished the 5.5k course in an outstanding 3rd place, closely followed by Lewis Gibbs, Isaac Cherrington and George Thompson, giving NAC 1st on the day and 3rd for the series.

U17 Womens Team Isabelle, Holly Elysia & Isobel.

At the end of a long day, the final competitors lined up for the Senior races, a 5.5k for the Senior Women and 8.6k slog for the Senior Men. Four ladies ran, with Bethan Goddard finishing in 11th position, supported by Barbara Willison, Eden Bates and Judith Rose, making it a 5th place finish on the day and 8th for the series. The final race was for the Senior Men, with Ed Wise finishing in 23rd, a returning Adam Caulfield pleased to get home in 48th, with Adil Zbirou, Oliver Harvey, and Adam Alexander making it 14th on the day and 15th for the series overall.

This was an excellent first season in the Chiltern League; some great new courses, new teams to run against, some of proving extremely strong, but overall a very well organised and friendly league and we look forward to returning next year to do battle in the mud and on the hills. The overall team result includes all age groups and although we impressed at the lower age groups, finishing 2nd for the combined junior teams, the number of senior athletes meant that we dropped points for the overall team standing. With this in mind, we have a growing senior endurance training squad led by Jaclyn Robson which will produce many more athletes for this time next year.

Well done to all the athletes as well as the coaches and parents for their support. Now we can change the spikes back to 6mm ready for the track season, although we still cannot guarantee the weather, sorry!

Summary Results

Team/Age Group Campbell Park, MK Results Series results after 5 Rounds
Overall Team 5th 8th
Overall Male Team 8th 10th
Overall Female Team 1st 2nd
Overall Seniors 8th 12th
Overall Juniors 1st 2nd
Senior Men 10th 16th
Senior Women 5th 8th
U17 Men 1st 3rd
U17 Women 6th 8th
U15 Boys 1st 3rd
U15 Girls 2nd 3rd
U13 Boys 1st 1st
U13 Girls 1st 2nd