Harriers clinch Surrey League titles

Herne Hill Harriers were declared the winners of the 2010-11 seniormen’s Surrey League Division 1 title on 12 February after winning theirfinal match of the local cross country league in emphatic style.

The Harriers extended their lead to 165 points with a huge win overdefending champions and league rivals, Thames Hare and Hounds,ensuring the senior men’s team maintained its unbeaten record thisseason with four out of four wins.

The Harriers capped off their excellent form in the league by winning thecombined U15 and U17 boys title as well as the U13 boys team title togive the local athletics club a clean sweep in all male competitions in thetop division.

Keith Newton, a member of the Harriers’ senior men’s team wasawarded a plaque for the best male over 40 over the four races, whilethe Harriers’ Bob Creed was the most consistent male in the age 50category.

The Harriers senior women’s team finished 5th on the day, placing asolid 4th overall in the league, while the U17 girls team finished 2nd, arace won comfortably by Harriers’ international athlete, Katie Snowden.The team finished in 2nd place in the league overall.

Georgie Hay, another one of the Harriers emerging young talent, wonthe U15 girls race, in which the Harriers placed 2nd on the day and 3rdin the final league table. This was emulated by the U13 girls’ team, whofinished in 2nd place on the day and 3rd in league.

Elsewhere, Jeff Cunningham was crowned the winner of the Pirie 10mile cross country race at Coulsdon on 6 February, with a time of 57.52,more than two minutes clear of the second place athlete.

>In the Chichester 10k, Chris Busaileh finished in a very close 5th placewith a time of 30.17, smashing his personal best by 50 seconds. MikeCummings also beat his previous best mark by 30 seconds to record32.56 finishing in 23rd place.