Double success for Highgate Harriers’ boys in North West London Youth Athletes League

Highgate Harriers’ boys’ team completed a double success in the North West London Young Athletes League on Sunday at a muddy Trent Park.

Harriers’ Under-11 and Under-13 teams both triumphed in their respective age groups, while their girls’ contingent produced two race winners and a second and third-place finish.

Jesse Hopkins was the first Highgate runner to finish for the Under-11 boys, taking fourth place ahead of Ezra Baddiel Banks (sixth), Jack Bailey (10th) and Billy Briggs (13th).

In the Under-13 race, Monte Watson led the Harriers team to victory, supported by Lucas Porter (11th), Desham Ganeshamwoorthy (14th) and Finlay Sleeman (16th).

Highgate’s Imogen Haddad won the Under-11 girls’ race, backed up by eighth-placed Karolina Bastien and a number of first-time runners including Hannah Giles (13th), Lily Mitchell (15th), Lydia Kurtulus (19th) and Natasza Goldsmith (20th).

The team took second place overall, while the Under-13 girls finished third in their race, led by runner-up Ellie Gilmore.

Ellen Donald (10th) and Milly Dunne (13th) provided strong performances, with Marni Dagtoglou taking 22nd place and Isabella Millet 24th, despite a foot injury.

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Although Highgate did not have teams entered in the Under-15 age group, there were impressive individual efforts from Phoebe Littler and Austin Harris, who were first and fourth respectively.

Highgate’s depleted senior team produced a magnificent effort to finish fourth in the Fraternity Cup race at the same venue – without any of their top 20 cross-country runners.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Collins led the Harriers contingent home in 16th place out of 162 finishers, followed by Jack Matthewman (18th), James Johnson (19th), Alex Davidson (24th), Dave Gilbert (34th) and Emmanuel Lumineau (67th).

In the Sorority Cup women’s race, Highgate’s Rhian Ravenscroft continued her comeback, finishing eighth out of 44 runners in only her second outing since a knee operation.

Meanwhile, Highgate duo Marcus Green and Damien Lane both recorded personal best times at the Firenze Marathon in Florence. Green finished 53rd with a time of two hours 43 minutes five seconds, while Lane came in 164th in 2:52:47.

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