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22nd Feb, 2022, Alastair Aitken

After the storms on Friday (18 February), and after discussions with Enfield Council, the fifth and final Start Fitness Metropolitan League fixture due to be held at Trent Park on 19 February was cancelled. As a result, the standings after the fourth fixture held on 15 January stand as the final overall League result in all categories. That, of course, includes results from the Claybury, Welwyn, Uxbridge and Wormwood Scrubs races combined. The organisers said they could not re-schedule the final fixture so the points would stand. Therefore, the Howard Williams Trophy for the most successful Senior Men and Women combined points would go to Highgate Harriers.

The full League table for the Men in Division 1 was: 1, Highgate Harriers, 6,046 points; 2, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, 5,127; 3, London Heathside, 4,252; 4, Thames Valley Harriers, 4,230; 5, Woodford Green & Essex Ladies, 4,053; 6, Ealing, Southall & Middlesex, 4,037; 7, Hillingdon AC, 3,461; 8, Highgate Harriers' B', 2,600; 9, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 'B’, 2,268; 10, Serpentine RC, 1,929; 11, Trent Park RC, 1,883 and 12, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, 1,814.

London Heathside topped the Women’s Division 1 with 1,396 points with Highgate Harriers second with 1,122 and Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets third with 1,084. The Highgate Under 13 girls did well by being third of 20 clubs in their division.

On the day the Met League was cancelled, one of Highgate's top dozen distance runners Pete Chambers was fifth in Division 2 of the Surrey League race at Lloyd Park. Croydon; and he also won a ‘Mob Match’ between the Striders of Croydon and Croydon Harriers at the Parkrun at South Norwood Country Park earlier in the month.