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26th Aug, 2023, Alastair Aitken

In mostly bright sunshine at Sutcliffe Park Stadium, Eltham on Saturday 19/8, in the Final Southern League NE meeting  of  the season in Division 2, Cambridge Harriers came out top of the league with Highgate Harriers in 18th position overall, which  relegates them to Division 3, for next season. However, as a competition it is not considered by many in the club as having any real significance, when you realise Highgate Harriers are the best English road relay senior team in the UK.!

However. two factors emerge. This particular competition for Highgate Harriers/Mornington Mornington Chasers composite' Men and Womens combined, gives the opportunity for people really enjoying athletics with no pressure "It is purely fun' said one of the Harriers competing on the day.,

However, there were some notable high performers. Monte Watson. was √° decisive winner in the 5000m. The Under 23 athlete, went further and further ahead in the race, to record a time of 15:36.66. half a minute clear of the next man and before he had to go rushing off to study at Newcastle University.. The other 'Great' win was by Felicity Williamson-Sarll who, after winning the 800 ' A' in 2:19.53 took the 1500 field apart. The Sports Solicitor, won in 4:47.59, well clear of the 2nd runner Alice Burnhope of Bexley who ran 5:04.79.   Talking of the 1500, one runner, only been running for a year, was Highgate's, under 20 runner, Ethan Esteban-Protheroe, who led for sometime in the 1500  to come eventually 3rd in 4:17.93. Nicola Payne won  the 'B' 800 and 1500 in 2:2:31.22/ 5:7.96. and Katrina Kelly won the 'A' 1500 steeplechase; and the javelin with (23.34); A useful man in the field was Charlie Button, once a good English schools competitor; He was 3rd in the 110 hurdles in 17.21; 3rd Long jump 5.78; 2nd .B. triple 11,67 (1st  A, Zavte Achiampong of Highgate with13,37); Button was 2nd in the high jump 'A' with 1.85; and 3rd in the pole vault 'A' with 2,70