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19th Sep, 2021, Alastair Aitken

In the final Southern Athletics League track and field match of the season on 11 September the scores were Thames Valley Harriers 325.4; Harrow 183.5; Ealing, Southall & Middlesex, 166.8; Highgate Harriers & Mornington Chasers (combined) 134.8; Serpentine RC ,114.1; Hillingdon, 110.5.

Alima Diabate works hard to get a Highgate team together for the league but the interest in the club in the event is not quite strong enough, except for those who are prepared to get points for the club in the friendly competition. An outstanding double victory came in the women’s 800m where Emma Macalister Hall won the ‘A’ race in 2:15.12 and Somerby Hamdorff won the ‘B’ race in 2:23.84. Finlay Sleeman in the men’s 800m ‘A’ race ran a modest 2:08.24 time for him for second place, after his personal best of 2:00.25 in the middle of the week at Watford. Someone who gained useful points was Antonia Loizou who was second in the 100m hurdles with 20.87; fourth in the shot (5.54) and the triple jump (8.25) and third in the hammer (17.49). Running two men and two women in the mixed 4x400m relay, Highgate produced a good time (4:33.33) to finish second behind TVH.

Charlie Fraser was third in the 1500m in 4:26.53 and third in the 3000m steeplechase in 12:30.93. Mariam Elgabry was second in the 'A' 100m in 13.16 and third in the ‘A' 200m in 29.04. Alima Diabate was second in the 'B' 100m in 14.01 and second in the 200m 'B' in 30.24. Second in the 'A' long jump was Ashia Logie (U17) in a personal best 4.78 and Jade Sillere was second in the ‘B’ with 3.96. Someone in a non-scoring event who won his race was in a 1500m. It was won by James Porcas in 4:36.59. In the women's 1500m Highgate/Mornington Chasers were third in the 'A' and 'B' race with two athletes from Mornington Chasers running new PB times: Caroline Wolfe ran 5:29.33 in the ‘A’ and Collette Farnol ran 6:21.96 in the ‘B’. Lauren Longhurst, another Mornington Chaser, was third in the 'A' 5000m in a PB of 19.26.77 and Vicky Frew (W40) did 20:08.56 to finish second in the ‘B’. Stephen West from Mornington Chasers gained good points in four throw events, finishing fourth in the hammer and fifth in the shot, discus and javelin.