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Heathside kids impress

PUBLISHED: 18:36 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:29 07 September 2010

LONDON Heathside's youngsters impressed at Horsenden Hill on Saturday, with the team picking up a second-placed finish, two third-places and a fourth. Dubutants Molly Harrison (6:02 in the Under-11 girls 1200m) and Johnny Naylor...

LONDON Heathside's youngsters impressed at Horsenden Hill on Saturday, with the team picking up a second-placed finish, two third-places and a fourth.

Dubutants Molly Harrison (6:02 in the Under-11 girls' 1200m) and Johnny Naylor (10.17 in the Under-13s boys' 3000m) had the best individual runs, but both were unlucky to miss out on the top three by narrow margins.

Later in the afternoon it was the turn of the adults, including three fathers of sons and daughters who had run in the junior races, to take part in the Horsenden relays.

Despite the strong wind, there were some excellent performances from Heathside athletes, with Sarah Swinhoe (14:47) receiving the bronze medal and Jamie Hunter (14:55) also impressing.

The B team also ran well, but the best result of the day was from Jackie Watt (17:01) as the only C team runner, who finished ahead of both the A and B team runners on the first leg.

In the men's event Andy Owen (13:42) surprised even himself with his speed in the first leg, and there was an excellent debut performance from Alex Macaulay (13:52) in the third leg.

The B team enjoyed a solid run and managed a ninth-placed finish overall, winning medals as the first B team with second debutant Alex Armstrong (13:57) being the star of the team.

The C team also finished the race with only Alan Dickson (16:47) having to run a second leg, while there were several other strong displays as Heathside completed a promising opening weekend ahead of the league opener on Saturday.

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