Highgate Harriers celebrate hat-trick of Metropolitan League titles
Highgate Harriers’ men secured a hat-trick of Metropolitan League titles on Saturday, topping Division One for the third year in a row.
The league began in 1966 and Highgate’s men had never won the crown before 2013, but they have done so in every year since then.
The Harriers secured the title in style in the fifth and final fixture at Wormwood Scrubs, with five runners in the top 11 and all of their 12 scorers in the first 48 places out of 377 finishers.
Highgate’s men have now been on the podium in their last 13 consecutive senior cross-country events.
The club’s ladies had to settle for third place overall in Division One this year, having won the title in 2012. However, when their results were combined with the men’s team, Highgate won the Howard Williams Senior Trophy ahead of Serpentine, London Heathside and Shaftesbury Barnet.
The men’s B team also enjoyed success at the weekend, finishing second and being promoted to Division One – the top league – for next season.
The individual prize for the most consistent senior runner went to Highgate’s Audun Nordtveit with 1,796 points, just ahead of Shaftesbury Barnet’s Michael Calligari (1794) and another Highgate man, Shaun Dixon (1,788).
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Phil Wylie finished second in 24 minutes 57 seconds at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday, earning his highest ever position in the league. Nordtveit was third in 25:03 while clubmates Shaun Dixon (sixth in 25:22) and Ben Noad (10th, 26:07) were also in the top 10.
Sean Renfer came 11th in 26:09, ahead of Jon Laybourn (22nd, 26:30), Robert Wilson (28th, 26:46) Peter Hawkins (36th, 27:18), Daryl Davison (42nd, 27:18), Ryan McKinley (44th, 27:40), Michael Dan (47th, 27:51) and Robel Bahelbi (48th, 27:51).
Harriot Brock had a good run in the women’s race, coming ninth overall out of 162 finishers in 26:28 – the first Under-20 competitor to finish – while Highgate’s Under-17 men were beaten by one point, coming second thanks to Aurel Sinko-Uribe (seventh in 13:29) and Abel Sinko-Uribe (10th in 13:42).