Highgate Harriers boys are victorious in North West London Young Athletes League

Highgate Harriers’ Under-11 boys romped to victory in round four of the North West London Young Athletes League at the Bannister Stadium on Saturday.

Led by a superb run from Ezra Baddiel-Banks, Harriers’ scoring athletes totalled just 27 points to finish 40 clear of nearest pursuers Harrow AC.

Baddiel-Banks achieved the best finish by an Under-11 boy this year, finishing hot on the heels of the race winner in a time of nine minutes 21 seconds.

His team-mates did him proud, packing in close behind him to ensure success over the 2,000m course. Jesse Hopkins was sixth, just two seconds ahead of his clubmate Jack Bailey, while Casper Hopkins and Liam Bailey were 11th and 12th respectively and eight-year-old Jamie Cameron was 35th, clocking 10:53.

There was individual success in the girls’ Under-11 race for Highgate’s Imogen Haddad (6:26) as she recorded her second win in the league this season.

Hannah Giles finished 12th, while Amy Chapman and Issy Spooner crossed the line together in 13th and 14th, recording 7:34, while debutants Carmel Pelmont and Maya Barker were 28th and 29th respectively as the team finished second overall.

In the boys’ Under-13 race over 3,000m, Monte Watson led the charge for Harriers. He was third in 13:44, finishing one place ahead of team-mate Oran Gallagher, who just failed to dip under 14 minutes in fourth.

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The Under-13 girls’ race saw Ellen Donald first home for Harriers in fourth, clocking 9:45 in the process. Ella Hartley was Harriers’ other runner in the top 10, recording a time of 10:30 for ninth place – and Maxine Chapman, the lone Highgate athlete in the Under-15 girls’ event, was the runner-up in 14:43.

Meanwhile, Harriers’ senior men and women will attempt to clinch overall victory in the final round of the Metropolitan League this weekend, where Shaun Dixon could win the individual top prize.