‘Gutsy runs’: Harriers earn silver in testing cross-country

Thursday, 3rd February — By Steve Barnett

Highgate Harriers

Harriers’ senior men’s team points scorers at the South of England Cross-Country Championships

THERE was sun and silver medals on Saturday when Highgate Harriers’ senior men’s team came a sublime second at the South of England Cross-Country Championships.

Held in Beckenham Place Park, Highgate’s six scorers all came within the top 51 out of a field of 685 finishers.

Alex Lepretre led the Highgate contingent home, completing the 15km course in 48 minutes, 23 seconds to take seventh spot.

Other scorers were Robel Bahelbi (50:12), who was 27th; Charlie Haywood (50:59), who was 40th; Roger Poolman (51:26), who was 47th; Sean Renfer (51:30), who was 49th; and Alex Bampton (51:43), who was 51st.

Their efforts saw Highgate take second place with 221 points, finishing just nine points ahead of Tonbridge AC. Southampton AC (131 points) were the winners.

Highgate team captain Rob Wilson said: “It’s always a delight to medal at the marquee races such as the Southern. But to do so this year is particularly pleasing.

“The field was stacked with many of the best distance runners in the south. And, on a course that might not have always played to our men’s strengths – firm and fast under foot – our collective resolve won through.

“All six scorers had gutsy runs, riding out the difficult periods which inevitably come during a race of nine miles and finishing strongly. With just nine points between us and the bronze, their efforts were worth all of the toil, and some.”

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