Little Savages win their first medals for Highgate Harriers

Identical twins Grace and Mabel Savage won their first medals at Highgate Harriers’ open meeting at Parliament Hill Fields.

Grace won her Under-11 75m race, clocking 12.5 seconds, while Mabel was third in her event in 12.3.

The sisters then took part in the Under-11 600m together, and Grace was the first girl to finish (2:12.7) while Mabel was the second over the line in 2:23.9, with the pair coming second and fifth overall alongside the boys.

They were not the only sister act at the meeting. Grace Mee came second in the Under-17 age group in the high jump with 1.55m, being beaten by William Levy (1.62), while Clara Mee was the first Under-13 runner in race six of the 100m, recording 15.53.

Highgate’s men and women will be in action on the Parliament Hill Fields track on Saturday for a Southern League fixture, facing Harrow, Radley and Worthing – and a number of the athletes who will be involved were also in action at the open meeting.


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Brahma Pochee won the 5,000m in 15:30.26, ahead of Rob Wilson (15:32.85) and Jon Laybourn (15:33.36), while Peter Hawkins was sixth (15:39.40).

All four ran in the Harriers team that came seventh in the National 12-Stage Road Relay this month.

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Meanwhile, Highgate Harriers’ Roger Low will continue his record of running in every London Marathon since its inception in 1981 on Sunday.

The 70-year-old finished in two hours 47.55 minutes that year, as a 37-year-old, and posted his fastest time (2:37:37) at the age of 43. He clocked 4:18:29 last year.

Dan Higgins will aim to finish between 2:35:00 and 2.40:00 and Anne Curley, who is coming over from Ireland, hopes for a sub-three hour run. Mark Townsend posted 2:58:50 at the Milton Keynes marathon in 2013 and will target something similar.

Adrian Fowler hopes to go round in 3:00:00 to 3:15:00 and new member Damian Lane and Ben Noad may also take part.

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