Mossbourne Academy girl sets the pace in Islington Schools Running League

Mossbourne Academy's Felix Waters leads the way in race two of the Islington Schools Running League

Mossbourne Academy's Felix Waters leads the way in race two of the Islington Schools Running League - Credit: Archant

Felix Waters picked up her first senior victory in the Islington Schools Running League to spearhead Mossbourne Academy’s charge towards the girls’ title.

Waters, who won the Years 7-8 championship with Stoke Newington School last season, is now competing for Mossbourne in the Years 9-11 section and took the honours in the second race of the league at St Aloysius’ College.

The 13-year-old finished well clear of four of her new team-mates, clocking seven minutes 28 seconds ahead of Orla Hill (8:02), who was runner-up for the second time in successive races.

Valentina Walls (8:05), Robine van Doorn (8:19) and Phoebe Adugna (9:13) made up a clean sweep of the top five for Mossbourne, who unsurprisingly lead the way in the team standings.

Another Mossbourne student, Stella Thomas-Epstein, is doing her best to fill the role vacated by Waters in the Years 7-8 girls’ competition, winning her second race of the season in a time of 7:50.

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She was followed home by Stoke Newington duo Lola Orton (8:00) and Lara Saiz (8:16), who repeated their second and third placings from the first race to ensure the two schools are joint top in the team event.

In the Years 7-8 boys’ event, Stoke Newington student Theo Machin Paley emulated his brother Alex – twice a race winner during the 2012-13 season – with his second successive victory.

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Machin Paley was first to cross the line in 7:08, with Stoke Newington team-mate Joe Halsey (7:21) taking second place and Mossbourne’s Chico Leung Paton (7:27) in third.

Mossbourne and St Aloysius’ are tied for top spot in the team event – but both are trailing in the Years 9-11 boys’ table to Stoke Newington, who had four finishers inside the top eight.

However, the individual honours went to the home school’s David Keto (6:26), while the reigning Years 7-8 champion, 12-year-old Luca Minale of Mossbourne, held off Stoke Newington’s Louis Orton by two seconds to take the runner-up spot in 6:41.

The next race in the series takes place around Emirates Stadium on Monday November 16.

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