Hopkins stars for St Paul’s school and Highgate Harriers

Jesse Hopkins had a busy but successful weekend as he starred for both his school, St Paul’s, and his club side Highgate Harriers.

The 10-year-old was one of 1,400 children from 26 primary schools who competed in the Camden Schools Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields last Friday – and he won the Year 6 boys’ race.

Hopkins then led Highgate’s Under-11 boys’ team to victory as they began their defence of the North West London League title at Perivale the following day.

Hopkins was sixth, followed by club-mates Jack Bailey (eighth) and Ezra Baddiel Banks (12th), while Caspar Hopkins – who had won the Year 5 title in the Camden Championships – was 14th.

Highgate team manager Kate Jenrick said: “Half of them had been in action the day before. It was a great show of strength to win so decisively.”


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Harriers’ Under-13 boys were also victorious, with Monte Watson their best finisher in sixth place and Luca Weinbrecht, Oran Gallagher and Finlay Sleeman all scoring valuable points.

The girls’ Under-13 team finished second overall, with Ellie Gilmore showing her class to finish second, Isabella Millet taking fifth place – her best league performance – and newcomer Ella Hartley in 16th.

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Highgate’s Under-15 girls were also narrowly beaten into second place, with Phoebe Littler first to cross the line, followed by Sasha Fear (fifth), Costanza di Borgoricco (10th) and Maxine Chapman (17th).

Siena Thompson was Harriers’ fastest finisher in the girls’ Under-11 race, taking 14th spot with Amy Chapman in 21st and debutant Kate Bailey 25th.

Meanwhile, New End won the Camden School Championships, with Brookfield coming second and Holy Trinity third.

Caitlin Buckley, 10, from Eleanor Palmer School, won the Year 6 girls’ race – and the top six finishers from the Year 6 races have the chance to represent the borough in the London Youth Games cross-country event in November.

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