Henry leads Highgate Harriers to historic triumph in Liddiard Cup

Henry Dodwell and Ryan McKinlay led Highgate to a one-two finish as the Harriers secured their first team victory in the Liddiard Cup since 1989.

Dodwell had finished fourth in the London Championships the previous weekend, and he was on form again on Saturday, taking first place in the men’s race at Kingsbury.

Clocking 26 minutes and 22 seconds, he was closely followed by his team-mate McKinlay, who took second place in 26:33.

Highgate’s Fergal Smithwisk was sixth in 27:52, Nick Gold was seventh (28:00) and John McKean was eighth (28:02) as the Harriers placed five runners in the top 10.

Dave Gilbert was 15th (29:41), Chris Bailey was 19th (30:18) and Martin Bright completed the eight to score, coming 31st in his first ever cross-country race in 33:32.

That gave the victorious Highgate team a score of 89, ahead of second-placed Thames Valley Harriers (132) and Hillingdon (156).

The Harriers’ juniors were in action in the second of five North London League Young Athletes meetings, enjoying team victories in the Under-13 and Under-11 girls’ events.

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Cecily Turner won the girls’ Under-13 2k race around Bannister Stadium in Harrow in 8:31, finishing 12 seconds ahead of the next runner.

Meanwhile, Hannah Viner was the victor in the Under-17 4k race, winning by just over a minute.

She was followed by the London Heathside pair of Rachel Seckl and Yanna Raykov, who were second and fourth respectively – and that made Heathside the winning team, with Highgate coming third.

Heathside also won the Under-15 girls’ team prize, with Lucy Carter leading the way with a second-placed finish in 12:46.

Lauren Gee was 10th in 14:13, followed by Octavia Laidler (11th, 14:17), Molly Harrison (13th, 14:35) and Genevieve Weston (15th, 14:42).

Heathside’s Under-13 boys’ team came fourth over the 3k course, with Isaac Costley coming 10th in 13:01.

Liam Garrett was 14th in 13:20, Tom Mills was 17th in 13:30, Luke Gray was 20th in 13:34 and Antanas Weston was 33rd in 14:36, just ahead of Joe Harragan (14:54).