Highgate Harriers win South of England Championships at Parliament Hill Fields

Shaun Dixon and Ben Noad helped Highgate Harriers to repeat their 2012 success with victory in the South of England Championships on Saturday.

Dixon, who finished fifth, and Noad, in 30th, were both members of the triumphant Harriers men’s team four years ago and they played their part in the club’s latest win on their home course at Parliament Hill Fields.

Two of Highgate’s scoring six finished inside the top 10 – Dixon, who completed the winding three-lap course in 50 minutes 25 seconds, and Andy Maud, who clocked 50:47 to take eighth place.

Chris Rainsford finished 17th – ahead of Middlesex champion Richard Phillips of Serpentine – with Noad next home in 53:12 and Robel Bahelbi (42nd, 53:46) and Rob Wilson (60th, 54:38) rounding off the scorers.

Pete Chambers started well, but his heavy cold played a large part in his later slump and meant that Peter Hawkings (93rd, 56:04) and Victor Mound, one place and three seconds behind, were the next Harriers to finish.

Jon Laybourn (107th, 56:49), Dominic Smith (108th, 56:51), Brahma Pochee (137th, 57:31) and Guillaume Cribier (156th, 58:15) also completed the course.

Highgate’s Svenja Abel took command in the women’s race, but she was ultimately overtaken by Shaftesbury Barnet’s Naomi Taschimowitz and had to settle for second place in 30:43.

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Abel was backed up by Ashley Scott-Wilson (33rd, 33:21), Emma Burgess (69th, 35:09) and Sophie Sheldrake (95th, 36:05) to ensure that Harriers finished fifth in the team event.

There were some good performances for Highgate in the junior events, with Hannah Viner (23:24) finishing fifth in the Under-20 women’s race and Georgia Fear (24:45) 16th.

James Millett (59th, 32:00) was the first Highgate runner across the line in the Under-20 men’s race, followed by Andres Chau (67th, 32:23) and Andy Collins (82nd, 33:47).

Terry Fawden (20th, 21:42), Abel Sinko-Uribe (65th, 22:53), Oliver Kemp (121st, 24:37) and Farid Sousu (152nd, 25:53) ensured that the Under-17 men’s team finished ninth overall.

Highgate’s Under-13 boys were also ninth, with the girls finishing 23rd in their race.

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