The Chiltern Harriers get Herts racing

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Ten young Chiltern Harrier athletes were selected to represent Hertfordshire and battled through the deep mud at the National Inter-County Cross Country Championships in Birmingham.

The event is the most prestigious cross country meeting of the winter and acts as the GB selection process for the World Cross Country Championships.

First up were the U13 boys, and Jake Alderson had a solid run in 138th place to take fourth spot for Herts.

For the U15 boys, Jonty Wager-Leigh finished 59th overall and was the second-placed Herts athlete.

Also running well in a Herts vest was Sam Howell in 239th.

Meanwhile, the Herts girls also put in very strong performances.

In the U13 race, Sophie Morton confidently took over the lead for part of the race and finished first for Herts in a fantastic 18th place.

The fourth Herts scorer was Scarlett Wager-Leigh in 192nd place, while Emily Bannister – who lost a shoe during the race – finished in 259th, and Emily Baxter completed the Herts team in 286th.

Sophie’s sister, Herts County Champion Hannah Morton, lead the U15 team home in an impressive 25th place and Claire Baxter had a solid run in 200th.

Finally, in the women’s U17 race, Sarah Needleman was first to finish for Herts in 99th.