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7th Dec, 2023, Alastair Aitken

On Saturday, the 2nd of December, with the temperature hovering over one degree centigrade, a brook to be negotiated. a hill to go up and a wood to go through, at  Hillingdon House Farm Highgate Harriers, in the 3rd of 5 Metropolitan League races, the club continued to dominate the Men's league of 30 or so club teams, with a leading score of 1477 points. They were followed by Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 1345; London Heathside 1245; Harrow 1017, Hillingdon 835 and Woodford Green & EL 800.
The race was an intriguing one, as a huge bunch, from the 382 runners, were ahead of the field after 700m. It was clear at half way, that the race at the very front was just going to be between two Highgate Harriers, Lepetre and Poolman. It turned out that Lepetre was the stronger in the latter stages but, not far behind him was Poolman, who is really running well again this season. The 12 scorers who braved the elements 1. Alex Lepetre 24:4,1.86; 2 Roger Poolman 24:51.55; 8 Rob Wilson 26:23.86; 15 Charlie Haywood 26:59.27; 16 Charles Cooper 27:09.02;17 Sean Renfer 27:09.30; 19 Gray Grierson 27:18.21; 22 James Ross 27:39.92; 24 Lewis Greave 27:46.32; 29 James Barber 28:10.42; 31 Robel Bahelbi (recently back from injury) 28:15.45; and 55 James Shipton-Mourn 29:02.11.
Highgate. with a bit depleted team were 8th in the Women's League won by Annabel Dummow of Herts Phoenix, in 28:32.92. Highgate's highest scorer was Nicole Edmunds 18th of the 163 finishers.