Drama but success for the Herne Hill Harriers

Croydon Guardian: Four-midable: Herne Hill Harriers winning quad kids team Four-midable: Herne Hill Harriers winning quad kids team

By Steve Bosley

Herne Hill Harriers had a dramatic but successful weekend with athletes involved in cross country, road running and track & field events.

At the South of England cross country relays at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday, the club's U13 girls just failed to win the Harriers' first ever title at these championships.

After winning the road relays two weeks before, the girls looked in good form leading after leg one through Katy Ann McDonald.

Eloise O'Shaunssey was overtaken on leg two but handed over to Saskia Millard on leg three.

Saskia closed the gap but lost ground after slipping in the woods, which had several waterlogged areas after the heavy overnight rain.

She emerged from the woods with a narrow lead but the Bracknell athlete was closing down on her.

In a frantic rush for the line Saskia looked to hold a narrow lead as the athletes battled neck and neck but just as they crossed the line Saskia slipped and fell and the win was awarded to Bracknell with both teams having the same time.

It was still the best performance in these championships from a Harriers team and Saskia won the award for the fastest leg.

The senior mens team of Mike Cummings, Ben Paviour, Tim Elsey and Johnny Henderson were an excellent fifth and in the younger age groups the U15 boys were ninth, the U17 men were 17th and the U13 boys finished in 12th.

On Sunday there were wins in the Dulwich 10km road race for Mohammed Ismail in 34 minutes, eight seconds as the Harriers won the team prizes through Mohammed, Johhny Muir in a PB of 36.12 and Patrick Ewe in 38.06 - where Nicki Sturzaker was second in 39.41.

In the London Quad Kids Championships at Sutton Arena, the Harriers U11 teams won with Ore Adamson and Ruben Rea winning individual award for the top performers.

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