The Equestrian centre at Keysoe was the venue for the 4th Chiltern Cross-Country Leagues with a good result for Watford Harriers finishing 2nd overall in Division Two. The course included the water splash used for the equestrian cross country event.
Exception performance came from Connor Keogh who planned his race well by coming up from 5th on the first lap to finish 2nd overall in the U15 Boys race. Ben Hunter ran a consistent race always up with the leaders to finish 3rd in the U13 Boys race
Leading girls were Caitlin Johal 22nd in the U15 Girls and Grace Hucknall in the U13 Girls race.
The senior men and women both had full team complement with the women retaining their 1st position in the league with the men retaining their 3rd position.
Place Place Name No Time
55 6 Julian Critchlow 1972 37:20
61 9 Matt Adcock 1968 37:49
110 22 Ross Connor 1963 39:47
136 28 Nick Harris 1980 40:49
145 32 Paul Ruttley 1979 41:16
195 51 Paul Edwards 1964 43:51
215 57 Adrian Harwood 1971 45:09
234 66 Ciaran Weldon 1978 46:14
256 77 Mike Bradley 1973 47:18
307 102 Graham Mayoh 1970 52:38
Under 15 Boys
2 1 Connor Keogh 1942 13:25
23 5 Charlie Woolett 1943 14:48
45 10 Lewis Clark 1940 16:06
Under 13 Boys
4 2 Ben Hunter 1935 11:19
Under 11 Boys
29 Archie Marshall 1950 8:50
20 4 Angela Trussler 1977 25:44
32 8 Helen Johal 1975 26:47
57 18 Robyn Delivett 1987 28:20
77 26 Alison Putko 1982 29:13
105 39 Christine Dearman 1976 31:28
Under 15 Girls
22 6 Caitlin Johal 1946 16:39
33 9 Hannah Trotman 1948 17:20
60 21 Charlotte Glenister 1945 21:09
Under 13 Girls
14 4 Grace Hucknall 1957 13:00
19 5 Scarlett Gammell 1936 13:21
59 20 Sabrina Jansen 1939 15:24
Under 11 Girls
11 Daisy Mainwaring 1932 8:49
Elsewhere Grace Ingles competed in the British league Challenge in Antrim finishing 7th in the U15 Girls race
The Herts Cross Country Championships took place in the spacious grounds of Haileybury College over courses which covered both the playing field and undulating tracks in the adjacent woods including crossing a stream which the athletes described as challenging.
Watford Harriers had some great results from their junior athletes picking up the U15 Boys trophy and 2nd in the U15 Girls event.
Grace Ingles easily clinched the Under 15 Girls title with a 25 second lead while both Connor Keogh U15 Boys and Ben Hunter U13 Boys having to be content with 2nd place after vying for lead in their races. Connor was supported by Charlie Woollett and Ollie Griffith to win the U15 Boys team trophy and Grace was supported by Caitlin Johal and Hannah Trotman to be the second team hone in the U15 Girls race.
Daisy Mainwaring started the day of well with a 3rd place in the U11 girls with Oliver Cooper 15th and Archie Marshall 21st in the U11 Boys race. followed by Scarlett Gammell 6th and Grace Hucknall 17th in the U13 Girls race.
Other good results followed from Tom Rayner 3rd in the U20 Mens race and Chloe Dearman 5th in the U20 Women’s race.
The Senior Women’s race saw the return of Claire Bentley finishing 18th behind Watford’s front runner Angie Trussler in 15th position.
U11 Girls Race U15 Boys Race
3rd Daisy Mainwaring 6m 18s 2nd Connor Keogh 17m 17s
12th Saoirse MacMahon 7m 23s 4th Charlie Woollett 18m 15s
5th Ollie Griffith 18m 18s
U11 Boys Race 15th Lewis Clark 20m 08s
15th Oliver Cooper 6m 03s
21st Archie Marshall 6m 14s U17 Mens Race
16th Cameron Clark 27m 18s
U13 Girls Race
6th Scarlett Gammell 14m 55s Junior Women
17th Grace Hucknall 15m 49s 5th Chloe Dearman 27m 37s
23rd Jordan Walter 17m 31s
26th Amani Chishti 18m 43s Junior Men
3rd Thomas Rayner 28m 09s
U13 Boys Race
2nd Ben Hunter 12m 44s Senior Women’s Race
15th Angela Trussler 37m 07s
U15 Girls Race 18th Claire Bentley 35m 08s
1st Grace Ingles 18m 37s 25th Robyn Delivett 27m 36s
12th Caitlin Johan 21m 01s 50th Christine Dearman 41m 28s
15th Hannah Trotman 21m 55s
27th Matt Adcock 41m.48s
70th Nick Harris 46m 04s
7 Juniors were selected to represent Hertfordshire in the inter counties races run over the Chiltern league course at Oxford on Saturday 10th December with two Ben Hunter and Grace Ingles being the first finishers for the county with Connor Keogh 2nd and Scarlett Gammell 3rd.
The full results are as follows
Overall County Results
Under 13 Boys
19th 1st Ben Hunter
Under 13 Girls
55th 3rd Scarlett Gammell
67th 5th Grace Hucknall
Under 15 Boys
18th 2nd Connor Keogh
84th 6th Charlie Woollett
24th 1st Grace Ingles
58th 5th Caitlin Johal
In the Masters races
31st 3rd Caroline Whittaker W55
114 28th Mikk Bradley M55
We are looking for a few more volunteers to help us through the coming season.
Critically we are looking for help with catering on every other Wednesday evenings from 5th April to 6th September for the Watford Harriers Open Meetings and an administrator. If you are interested please contact me on (01923) 235279.
Alternatively are you interested in coaching or officiating.
If you wish to compete and have not yet pre-entered for the Chiltern League please contact Christine on (01923) 680788 Women and Juniors and Matt/Angela (Senior Men) by Thursday 1st December to let us know if you can compete as we have to pre–enter the names and whether you need transport.
From the M1 leave the M1 and J10 and follow the road to the airport. At the traffic lights be prepared to move over to the right hand side of the road and take the A505 Hitchin (Vauxhall Way) route. Follow this road across three roundabouts and at the Hitchin Road/Stopsley Way T junction (roundabout) turn right. Staying on the left hand side of the road, take the next turning left into Hitchin Road (Stopsley). At the second turning on the left, turn into St. Thomas Road
11.30 Under 11s Girls 2000m
11.45 Under 11s Boys 2000m
12.00 Under 13 Girls – 3000m
12.15 Under 13 Boys – 3000m
12.30 Under 15 Girls – 3200m
12.45 Under 15 Boys – 4000m
13.00 Junior/U17 Women – 4000m
13.15 Senior Women – 6000m
13.40 Under 17 Men – 5000m
14:00 Senior/Junior/Masters Men 9000m
See http://www.chilternccl.co.uk/ for more information
The club cross country is in Cassiobury Park on Sunday 20th November. Please I need help with marking out the course.
Meet approx 200m down from the top of the park at the Rickmansworth Rd end.
U9s 800m 10.30hrs
U11s 1500m 10.45hrs
Juniors and Seniors 11.00hrs
Juniors 1 lap approx 3000m
Females and Vets 2 laps
Senior Men 3 laps
It’s been an outstanding year for record breaking at Watford Harriers.
Amongst the women 11 outdoor records were either broken or equalled.
Claire Bentley on her return to the club after an absence of 4 years swept the steeplechase board with senior records at all 3 distances: 1500m, 2000m and 3000m.
Georgia West in the pole vault had the distinction of setting new marks across two age groups; Under 17 and Under 20 Women.
At Under 15 Girls Taia Tunstall broke the 3kg hammer record whilst Tamyah Jones in the 100m equalled one of the oldest records on the club’s books – that of the late, great Janet Simpson (and she went on to be an Olympic medalist!) .
Pride of place though goes to Freya Witheat who at Under 13 Girls set an astonishing 4 new records: 200m, 70m hurdles, shot putt and javelin.
Earlier in the year, a further 9 indoor records were either broken or equalled.
Marie Wensel claimed the high jump record at Senior Women, Under 20 Women and Under 17 Women levels.
Georgia West presaged her outdoor achievement by taking the Under 20 and Under 17 Women’s pole vault record.
Molly Jarvis set a new mark at Under 17 Women for the 3kg shot.
At Under 15 Girls there was a new high jump record for Amelie Cooper whilst Tamyah Jones equalled the 60m record.
Finally, at Under 13 Girls young Sabrina Jansen set a new mark in the 800m.
New records for the men were a little harder to come by with 5 outdoor marks improved.
In the Senior Men Max Lowery added to his share of the 100m record set 2 years ago with a new 200m record.
All of the other 4 records were achieved by our outstanding crop of Under 15’s: Toby Makoyawo in the 100m, Connor Keogh at both the 1500m and 3000m and William Jarvis in the javelin.
Indoors there were 4 new records set in 2016.
At Under 17 Men Cameron George set a new mark in the 200m whilst Callum Woodage claimed his second indoor record in the pole vault to add to his Under 15 record from last year.
Two records were also set at Under 15 Boys – Luke Wilson in the 60m and Kai Alland in the shot.
Why not take a look at the complete club record list and identify one (or some) that you think you could improve upon in 2017. http://www.watfordharriers.org.uk/Rankingsindex.htm/