Chiltern Harriers make their mark at national championships

The Chiltern Harriers were in action at the 2014 National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham
The Chiltern Harriers were in action at the 2014 National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham

The Chiltern Harriers gained valuable experience on the national stage at the 2014 National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham.

The Wollaton Park meet consisted of firm, undulating courses under pleasant early spring sunshine – however there were also some very muddy patches to challenge the athletes.

The Harriers competed in most race categories, with athletes from Tring, Berkhamsted and Wiggington putting in superb efforts against some of the best runners in the country.

The U17 women were off first and Hannah Morton delivered an impressive run to come 44th out of the 211 runners, completing the 5k course in 20 minutes flat.

Sophie Morton led the Chiltern girls home in the U13 race, finishing 11th out of 432 finishers, with Emily Alderson in 168th and Charlotte Munn in 202nd.

Scarlett Wager-Leigh was the highest Chiltern finisher in the U15 girls’ race in 82nd place out of a field of 355.

In the junior women’s race, Sarah Needleman was 82nd from 134 starters.

The U17 men featured Jonty Wager-Leigh, who has been in excellent form of late, but he was disappointed with his 80th-placed firnish out of 272 runners after suffering with a persistent cold.

For the U15 boys, Jake Alderson came home in 190th out of 344.

The Harriers look to be in good shape for the end of the season UKCAU Inter-County Championships on March 8 and the English Schools Cross-Country Championship on March 16.