The Chiltern league 2017/18 season came to a close at Milton Keynes as the senior men grabbed 4th place to improve on last year’s 6th place. The veteran men claimed a superb gold taking the overall title for the third season in a row epitomised by the commitment of Alan Wray (see below) and Kevin Concannon’s last minute call-up from match 4.
With our best turn out of the season, a total of 17 runners tackled the undulating but fast Campbell Park course. Damian Nevins was second, Jim Cooper was again second scorer in 19th place capping a consistent season to place second v40 overall and losing out on 1st by just 11 points. Luke Hunt suffered from a fast start but recovered well to finish inside the top 60 with Declan Traynor close behind in 66th, continuing his gradual upward curve as he edged ahead of Mark Cursons for the first time. Mark in 72nd also claimed an excellent 2nd place in the v50 overall standings. Just one place behind was Aaron Clement as he improved on his first league outing.
Special mention to Alan Wray as he still managed to score for the team in 86th despite losing a shoe, spending a few minutes looking for it and carrying on with one shoe! Tim Fenn and Joe Gammell continued their gradual improvement, debutant Huw Edwards called upon his fell running skills and stalwart Graeme Jones all had top 100 places. Track specialists Nick Andrews, Noor Mohamoud and Jason Kabel had good run-outs as did specialist cyclist come runner Henry Jakszta on his debut for the club.
Junior athlete Rachael Haddow has now completed her 7th successive Chiltern League season (2 x U13, 2 x U15, 2 x U17 & 1 x U20), completing four or five races every season to secure a final league placing each time and this time finishing 3rd overall in the U20 women. This demonstrates commendable commitment to Harrow’s main cross country competition from a junior athlete – well done Rachael and wishing you a successful 2018!