Highgate Harriers in seventh heaven after clean sweep at North of Thames Championships

Highgate Harriers recorded a clean sweep as they won seven awards out of seven in the North of Thames Championships at Kingsbury.

The north London club triumphed in all three versions of the men’s championship, as well as claiming both the Liddiard Trophy and the Middlesex Cup.

And Highgate’s women’s team were also on top form, adding the North of Thames Championships and the Middlesex Cup titles to round off a hugely successful day.

Ryan McKinley (pictured) was the first Highgate athlete to cross the line, finishing third in 25 minutes 10 seconds behind Antonio Silva of host club Queen’s Park Harriers and second-placed Tom Aldred (London Heathside).

Henry Dodwell (26:31) finished in ninth place, closely followed by team-mates Fergal Smithwick (26:35) and fastest veteran Duncan Burbidge (27:11) in 10th and 11th respectively.


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Highgate’s six to score were completed by Jon Deane (15th, 27:18) and Jack Matthewman (21st, 28:25), with Michael Ussher (26th, 28:47) and Alex Davidson (34th, 29:26) the next to finish.

The remaining members of the Harriers’ contingent were Richard Stewart (39th, 29:49), Mark Townsend (42nd, 29:52), Nick Stockman (72nd, 32:41) and Greg Fuzesi (77th, 33:46).

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With four to score, Highgate finished 10 points ahead of Heathside in the North of Thames Championship, while the gap widened to 37 points with six to score and 60 with eight to score.

Highgate were 58 points clear of Heathside in the Liddiard Trophy, while Serpentine AC were their closest challengers in the Middlesex Cup – but still finished 199 points behind.

In the women’s race, UCL student Ashley Scott (17:02) held off a dogged challenge from 15-year-old Georgia Fear (17:04) to ensure a Highgate one-two.

Emma Dixon was the next Highgate runner to finish, taking fourth place in 17:39, with top 10 places also going to Heather Bijam (7th, 18:08), Alexia Trafford (8th, 18:18) and Hattie Brock (9th, 18:25).

Highgate’s other finishers were Sophie Sheldrake (12th, 19:08), Gemma Roma (13th, 19:25), Emma Burgess (15th, 19:37) and Natasha Cendrowicz (21st, 21:38).

The Harriers team secured the North of Thames Championship with a 50-point advantage over second-placed Ealing, Southall & Middx, while the gap in the Middlesex Cup was 42 points.

Meanwhile, Highgate Harriers’ Nina Anderson shook off her recent injury problems to win an 800m silver medal at the World Masters Women’s Over-40 event in Brazil with a time of 2:15.41.

World triathlon bronze medallist Danny Russell was also back in action, clocking 1:09.49 to take 10th place among a sizeable field at the BUPA Great Birmingham half-marathon.

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