Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Henderson defends title to hold on to Dewar Shield


The Herne Hill Harriers’ annual 10 Miles Cross Country Championship winner claims the huge and very prestigious Dewar Shield, awarded to the first club member to finish in the Gordon Pirie 10 race organised by South London Harriers on Farthing Down, Coulsdon.

Last year’s holder Richard Henderson defended his title as he placed fourth overall and was the first man in red and black to complete the challenging, muddy and undulating course on Sunday.

Other Harriers in the race were Alan Barnes (eighth and third M40), Jonathan Ratcliffe (13th and first M50), Dan Hallam (15th and fifth M40), John Foxall (20th), Patrik Ewe (25th) and James Ward (26th and 7th M40), with Samantha Whiting among the top 10 women.

Herne Hill’s young athletes consolidated their good start to the winter at the second Downs League cross country race at Epsom, providing five individual race winners.

 Freddie Hake (U11 boys), Sophia Sahai (U11 girls), Christo Chilton (U13 boys), Tamra Chan (U13 girls) and Jacob Harrison all won their races. The strength of the Harriers club teams was highlighted by a top three in the U15 boys’ race through Jacob Harrison, Harvey Kande, having his best race of the winter, and Ben Harrison.

There was also good support from Sidney Reed, third in the U11 boys’ race, Anna Forster second in the U11 girls’ race. Joe Russian and Fabien Whitelock were fourth and fifth in the U13 boys’ race.

Fiona de Mauny finished 13th in the Sussex League at Stanmer Park, Brighton. Simon Coombes was 27th in the Chiltern League event in Luton. Andrew Grigg ran a good PB of 33.48 in sixth place at the Self Transcendence 10K in Battersea Park on Saturday.

Grigg finished ahead of Matt Robertson (eighth in 34:27), Bryn Reynolds(19th in 36:00) and Eric Dol (33rd in 37:33). Stacy Wheat was fourth woman in 39:22, Olivia Zeltner was eighth in a PB 41:11 and Monika Gajek 10th in 42:14. Damien Wilson (42:49) and Zoe Buckland (47:52) both ran PBs.

Constantinos Timinis returned to racing after illness to place second over 3000m at the London Universities & Colleges LUCA Championship in 9:06.65. Jack Dickenson ran a PB of 9:31.13 before finishing fractionally outside his 1,500m PB in 4:21.18.
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