Fawden brothers lead the way for Highgate Harriers’ juniors in Middlesex Championships
PUBLISHED: 13:14 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:16 07 January 2015
Brothers Dempster and Terry Fawden both collected individual titles as Highgate Harriers’ junior teams swept to success in the Middlesex Cross-Country Championships at Alexandra Park.
Dempster Fawden led the Harriers’ Under-15 team to victory in persistent rain, clocking 13 minutes 14 seconds to take first place – a significant improvement on his fifth and sixth placings in previous years.
Abel Sinko Uribe (14:17) and Tai Pelmont (14:27) ensured that Highgate won the team event – and that achievement was matched by their Under-17 boys as well.
Terry Fawden led from the front to take his third Middlesex title and his first at Under-17 level, crossing the line in 21:07, with team-mates Aurel Sinko Uribe (22:34) and Oliver Kemp (23:20) finishing eighth and 12th respectively.
That completed the scoring trio for Highgate, although the club had two other finishers in the race – Gabriel Barnet (25:25) in 19th and Arnold Harrison (26:11) in 20th.
Harriers’ Hannah Viner (18:53) triumphed in the Under-20 race, while Georgia Fear (19:39), who finished third overall, was the second- fastest Under-17 runner home. Hannah Ballheimer (22:54) was eighth in the Under-17 category.
There was another team success for Harriers in the Under-13 girls’ race, where Sasha Fear (14:55) finished seventh, followed by Emma Williets (15:09) in ninth and Molly Dunne (16:16) in 17th.
Three other Highgate girls also completed the course – Ellen Donald in 21st place (16:53), Maxine Chapman in 22nd (17:13) and Isabella Millett in 25th (17:28).
Anna Willis (15:55) finished eighth for the Under-15 girls as they took third place in the team event, followed by Constanza de Borgoricco (17th in 16:27), Daisy Griffin (27th in 17:42) and Senga Russel-Don (31st in 18:01).
Alex Fitzpatrick (13:15) was the highest-placed Highgate runner in the Under-13 boys’ race, crossing the line in sixth as the team finished fourth overall.
The other Harriers finishers were Monk Watson (17th, 14:23), Ennis Barnet (19th, 14:31), Theo Machin Paley (20th, 14:37), Lorcan Barnet (27th, 15:24), Conleath Gallagher (29th, 15:46), Oran Gallagher (31st, 16:35), Felix Bright (35th, 17:14) and Harvey Dodd (38th, 17:57).
Meanwhile, guest runner Sean Renfer finished fifth as a depleted Highgate men’s team took the runners-up spot in the Middlesex Senior Championships.
Renfer, who will be running for Harriers at the national championships in March, clocked 40:55, while Jonny Laybourn – sixth in 41:09 – was their first official scorer.
Team captain Rob Wilson (41:31) took seventh place, followed by Fergal Smithwick in ninth (41:45), John Deane in 19th (43:21), Tom Christopher in 22nd (44:07) and Peter Downie in 24th (44:23).
Highgate totalled 87 points, five behind defending champions Hillingdon but well ahead of third-placed Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets (167).
In the women’s senior race, Ashley Scott won a keen tussle with team-mate Hattie Brock for second place as Harriers finished third overall behind Thames Valley Harriers and London Heathside.
Scott produced her best performance for some time, crossing the line in 31:10 – three seconds ahead of Brock, who was running over 2km further than ever before.
Emma Burgess (ninth in 32:32), Sophie Sheldrake (25th in 36:00) and Louise Faherty (28th in 36:09) completed the Highgate team.