That was Ben Pochee's description of the Highgate Harriers running in the muddy cross country race at the Merchant Taylors’ School course at Northwood on Saturday 31 October. A total of 238 finished the Senior & Under 20 race, which was won by Luke Prior of Aldershot in 25:28. Two Highgate runners stood out: Alex Lepretre who was second overall in 25:31 and Hannah Viner who won the women’s race in 28:59 (and placed 26th overall).
The other Highgate Harrier men, who did not want to be starved of competition for the second lockdown, were: 18th overall, Ash Chambers 28:09; 21, Toby Austin 28:35; 23, Dave Shepherd 28:51; 31, Lewis Greaves 29:18; 41, Monte Watson 30:01; 46 Peter Hawkings 30:18; 49 Danny Issacs 30:29; 62, Adam Lennox 31:41; 81, Joseph Lowe 32:44; 125, Phillip Hyatt 35:44; 135, David Sutherland 36:15; 170, Mark Watson 39:28 and 183, Martin Bright 40:54. For the women, Emily Young had a strong race to finished 12th in 33:35, just ahead of Emma Burgess (13th, 33:40). Kani Hinshelwood finished 16th in 34:01 and Natasha Cendrowicz, completed the quintet in 45th (40:10).