North London runners take the capital by storm

Highgate Harriers took to the streets for the 31st London Marathon and Richard Scott led the way for the club with a time of two hours 22 minutes 10 seconds.

Competing against 36,500 runners, Scott ran a personal best on the 26.2 mile course to finish an impressive 33rd overall.

He was followed home by team-mate Glen Saqui in another personal best of 2:33:27 and Shaun Dixon ran a commendable 2:42:51 on his debut in the marathon.

Highgate’s three-man team of Dan Higgins, Scott and Saqui finished fourth in the UK Marathon Team Championships.

Harriers fielded a strong team of runners including Damian Shirley (3:07:18), Jose Barretta (3:13:25) and Kevin Linehan (3:14:12).

They were joined by Roger Low (3:53:52), one of only 18 people to have competed in every London Marathon since the event’s inception in 1981.

Meanwhile, Jo Caritt led the Harriers women home on Sunday in a time of 3:06:45, ahead of Alex Goodwin (3:28:44), Rhian Hampson-Jones (3:29:00) and Kirat Nandra (4:37:56).

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The honours did not end on the track, as the achievements of Harriers were recognised at the Highgate Annual Awards at the Annual General Meeting.

Ben Noad was awarded the Harry Rothery Trophy for the senior outstanding athlete and The Walter Jewell Trophy for the outstanding junior went to Stanley Harrison, with Grace Mee picking up the runners-up prize.

Twice President of the club Terry Driscoll was also honoured in recognition of his services to the club ahead of his impending retirement.

Heathside also enjoyed a successful London Marathon with Matt Convery clocking their best time of 2:42:45 to give him a 159th-placed finish. He was followed into the top 500 by Chris Hartley (2:42:45), Ed Samuel (2:44:36) and George Stewart (2:49:40).

Gavin Evans was next past the finish line in a time of 2:52:12, breaking the club’s Over-50 record in the process.

James Picket (2:52:38), Ken Heney (2:54:56) and Jonathan Hall (2:57:15) all finished strongly, ducking under the three-hour mark, while Rob Salter (3:00:16) and Hugh Wade-Jones (3:00:42) narrowly missed out on that landmark.