Highgate Harriers stars enjoy strong displays in London Marathon and Southern League

Highgate Harriers’ Roger Low maintained his record of running in every London Marathon on Sunday, finishing in under four and a half hours.

The 70-year-old was one of 12 ever-present runners who have taken part in every race since its inception in 1981, clocking 4:24:27.

Guillaume Cribier (2:36:52) and Dan Higgins (2:37:14) were both inside the two and a half-hour mark, while Highgate’s first woman was over-40 runner Anne Curley, who posted 2:58:59 after travelling over from Ireland.

Mathew Pointon finished in 2:39:19 ahead of Marcus Green (2:45:37), Damian Lane (2:52:57), Martin Quinn (2:56:50), Ben Noad (2:56:50) and Mark Townsend (2:59:38), who beat the three-hour mark by a matter of seconds.

They were followed by Baard Lynges (3:23.56), Andrew Ball (3:26:01) and Matt Kavanagh (4:18.19), who was 18,595th out of the 38,000 runners.

Meanwhile, the first of five Southern League Division Two West matches was held at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.

Highgate were battling against Harrow, Radley AC and Worthing AC and were third out of the four teams with 152 points, but there were some fine individual performances.

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The Harriers’ Gemma Rous – last year’s Southern Inter-Counties 400m hurdles champion – won the 200m in 26.1 seconds and the 400m hurdles in 61.7.

There was also a double in the 3,000m as Hattie Brock triumphed in the ‘A’ race in 10:46.2, while Emma Burgess was victorious in the ‘B’ event in 10:54.8.

Georgia Fear won the 800m (2:17.2) and Nina Anderson looked graceful as usual as she came first in the 400m in 60 seconds flat, while the Highgate women won the 4x400m relay in 4:17.6, well ahead of second-placed Radley (4:21.4).

In the men’s events, Daniel Lavipour won the 400m in 51.00, while Michael Dan raced to victory in the ‘B’ 1500m in 4:12.0.

Robel Bahelbi was just beaten to the line in the 1500m, clocking 4:09.1 – and Fergal Smithwick was the runner-up in the 5,000m (16:34.2) and the 2,000m steeplechase (7:06.4).

Under-17 athlete Idan Gal Shatto – a welcome new addition to the Highgate squad – came second in the B-string long jump with 5.48m and finished in the same position in the triple jump with 11.81m.

Dominic Smith has also joined the Harriers’ track team and he was second in the ‘B’ 5,000m in 16:36:8.

There were other second-place finishes in the field events – Under-17 athlete Jake Kurtulus in the pole vault (2.20m) and Over-45 competitor James Rossiter in the B-string (2.00m). Rossiter was also the runner-up in the ‘B’ discus (24.74m) and in the ‘B’ javelin (39.24).

Kofi Kappiah Apiah was unfortunate to only come fourth and get one point in the high jump. His leap of 1.70m was the same as the second and third-placed athletes, but he finished below his rivals on countback.

The next Southern League meeting will be at Kingsmeadow on May 31.

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