Chilters Harriers in action for Herts at inter-county championships

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Eight Chiltern Harrier athletes donned Hertfordshire vests at the South of England Inter-County Cross Country Championships in Bedfordshire.

Conditions were good underfoot for the event which saw 11 of the strongest cross country counties in England battle it out for top honours.

Chiltern Harriers runners represented Hertfordshire at the South of England Inter-County Cross Country Championships

Chiltern Harriers runners represented Hertfordshire at the South of England Inter-County Cross Country Championships

The first race of the day was the U13 girls’ discipline where Sophie Morton achieved the best finishing position by a Chiltern Harrier athlete.

Morton ran a strong but sensible race, always in contention, and ended up in bronze medal position.

Meanwhile, Emily Alderson ran well in her first major cross country championships and gained valuable experience as fifth finisher for Herts in 60th place overall.

Scarlett Wager-Leigh continued her good form to come home as second Herts finisher in the U15 girls’ race – in 23rd place overall – with Emily Bannister in 65th place.

Hannah Morton put a recent injury behind her and ran strongly in 26th place to finish second for Herts in the U17 women’s race, and Sarah Needleman came home 39th and was fourth scorer for Herts in the gruelling 6k U20 women’s race.

The U17 men’s race featured good runs from Jonty Wager-Leigh in 30th and Matt Simpson in 66th for Herts.

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