Runners take a familiar road to success

Talented youngsters are champs again as fastest athletes look ahead to the Mini-Marathon

Friday, 13th March 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Team Camden

Team Camden, back three, from left: James Munyamba, team manager Ben Dorsett and Jonah Kramer. Front row, from left: Leon White, Paul Opie, Jack Balme, Jamie Cameron, Mohamed Omar Abdi, Fardusa Omar Abdi, Jess Parry, Mia Parry, Ellen Donald and Faduma Abdi

REIGNING champions Camden were yet again the quickest to the crown on Sunday when they won the Inter Borough Challenge Road Race Trophy at Finsbury Park.

The competition brings together teams from Camden, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Newham and the City of London, with talented athletes aged 11 to 16 years old battling it out for valuable points in three age groups – Under-13s, Under-15s and Under-17s.

And it was Camden who continued their dominance as they won the championship for the 18th time in 20 years.

“It was great to see so many athletes turn up to represent the borough at this great event,” said team manager Ben Dorsett, who works for Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service.

“All of the youngsters who took part should be very proud of themselves, knowing that they helped Camden to retain the Inter Borough Challenge title once again.”

Organised by Finsbury Park-based running club London Heathside, ­Camden’s quickest over a challenging 3k course was Jonah Kramer.

In his final Inter ­Borough outing – as he will be too old to compete for Camden again next year – the 16-year-old won the boys’ Under-17s race in 9 ­minutes, 40 seconds.

Ruairidh McIntyre also put in a strong showing, scooping a silver medal in the boys’ Under-13s race with a time of 11 mins 6 secs.

Along with gold, silver and bronze medals, there were trophies handed out for the first athlete over the finishing line from each borough.

Paul Opie collected an accolade in the boys’ Under-15s race, while the top performers in the girls’ races were Ellen Donald, Jess Parry and Faduma Abdi, who were first home for the borough in their respective Under-17s, Under-15s and Under-13s events.

Overall 66 youngsters turned out to represent Camden, with the top six from each age group now going on to represent the borough in the London Mini-Marathon on ­Sunday, April 26.

Ben added: “We worked closely with Highgate Harriers Athletics Club and local schools to identify young people to take part in this race, and we unearthed some fantastic talent.

“I can’t wait to see how they now get on at this year’s Mini-Marathon. It promises to be an exciting race day.”

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