Highgate Harriers prepare for national road relays as juniors finish strongly in Young Athletes League

Highgate Harriers are gearing up for this weekend’s national road relays – and Emma Burgess and Hattie Brock continued their preparations for the women’s event with strong performances over 10k.

Burgess, 28, competed in the Self-Transcendence road race in Battersea Park and finished as the fastest woman, coming 28th overall out of 124 starters.

Under-23 runner Brock was in action in Regent’s Park, and she was also the quickest woman over the line, taking 12th place overall out of 381.

The pair were both part of the Highgate women’s team that came ninth in the Southern road relay in Milton Keynes last month, and they will compete in the national event at Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, on Saturday.

The men’s team also finished ninth in the Southern competition but their strong 12-man team will be aiming for a place on the podium in the Midlands this weekend.

Meanwhile, Highgate’s junior section enjoyed a strong finish to the North West London Young Athletes League, with the Under-11 boys’ team winning the title after the fifth and final meeting at Wormwood Scrubs.

London Heathside’s Rory McGonagle won the last Under-11 race over 2,000m in seven minutes and three seconds, but the Harriers’ Monte Watson was fourth out of the 51 finishers in 7:26 and Finlay Sleeman was seventh in 7:33, while Benji Chesworth came 20th in 8:06.

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Highgate won the team event on the day with 29 points, ahead of Cookham (76) and Thames Valley Harriers (78), and they also took the title.

The Harriers’ Under-11 girls were second overall in their league after finishing fifth out of 10 clubs on the final day. Ellen Donald was sixth out of 30 runners, clocking 5:00 over the 1,200m course, while Amena Ireland was 17th in 5:43 and Amy Chapman came 20th in 6:05.

Meanwhile, Highgate’s Georgia Fear won the Under-17 women’s race, finishing the 4,000m event in 14:53, and her sister Lilah was third in 17:26.

Sasha Fear was fourth in the Under-13 girls’ race as the team came second out of 10, while the Under-13 boys were third on the day and third overall in the standings.

The Under-15 girls were fourth out of nine teams at Wormwood Scrubs, as were the Under-15 boys.