Silver lining for Harriers in relay championships

Herne Hill Harriers’ senior men’s team won silver at the inaugural South of England Cross Country Relay Championship at Wormwood Scrubs Park on 12 March.

The Harriers propelled themselves into a clear second place over 4 stages of the 5Km course, finishing behind track and field rivals, Thames Valley Harriers.

Johnny Henderson and Alan Barnes recorded the 6th overall fastest leg of the day with both running the same time of 15.21, while Ben Paviour ran 15.37 and Chris Peach in 15.29 to complete the quartet with a total time of 1.01.56.

The Harriers’ non-scoring B team consisting of under-20 athlete, Jordon Stokes, Keith Newton, Michael Cummings and new member, Matt Donnery also ran very well to place 6th team on the day.

In the East Surrey Road Relays at Box Bill, the Harriers’ young athletes continued their fine form with Paul Burgess, winning the U13 boys’ race supported by Sam Cohen and Victoria Picken, the first girl to finish.

The Harriers have now won both fixtures in this age category as they look to retain their East Surrey league title.

In the U15/17 relays, the Harriers A team of Robert Hansen, Amiin Jiso and John Tayleur finished third to Sutton & Hercules Wimbledon which puts them in contention for the title with one event to go in April.

In the Finchley 20 mile road race, Harriers’ cross country star, John Kettle finished in 12th place with a time of 2.01.25 while Karen Ellison finished in 68th and 6th women overall with a time of 2.16.04. Almost 500 runners completed the race.