Harrow Athletic Club's senior men grabbed silver with a fine team performance in the Middlesex County cross-country championships at Cockfosters on Saturday, writes Tony Bush.
Immigration officer Alan Wray produced his best run for several years to finish a superb seventh on the frozen 12km circuit at Trent Park, and gain selection for the county team for the Inter-counties Cross-country championships in March.
Damian Nevins was below par in 12th spot while Jim Cooper continued his good recent form to take 17th place. Peter Norris, veteran Chris Finill and Matt Carey gave strong support as Harrow finished second behind Highgate but well clear of third placed Hillingdon.
Matt Judson ran well for fifth in the U20 event while Adam Gribben took 19th spot in the U17 race and Andrew Holliman finished 12th in the U15 event.
U13 star Lewis Hawkins continued his superb season by finishing sixth with Oliver Hurcom giving good support in 12th as Harrow took fourth team spot.
In the U13 Girls Sophie Edwardson took bronze, securing Harrow third place in the team race, with Tia Dis-sanayaka in 10th and Kaira Shetty in 24th. Adele Rainsford placed 17th in the U15 race.
Meanwhile, Adam Bowden won his seventh successive race of an unbeaten season in taking the Hertfordshire title at Watford's Cassiobury Park on Sunday.
The 26-year-old triathlete took the lead approaching half way, through a sustained burst on one of the many tough
hills on this woodland course, and powered away to win by more than 100m from U23 cross-country international Jon Pepper. Mohammed Rahim (31st), John Bignall (36th) and Mike Kelly (66th) gave good support.
Stephen Byrne matched Bowden's achievement by winning the U15 race, with Janakan Rajkumar placing a good fifth. Jamie Cohen also ran well for fifth in the U11 race.
BLOB Brendan Greene was the pick of the Queens Park Harriers contingent at Trent Park. He crossed the line in 44.39 to lead Harriers to a 45th place finish.
Jalal El Bahrauni was the second Harrier home in 45.34 while Jonathan Ainsworth shrugged off the effects of flu to finish in 50.36 (92nd).
Veteran Frank Nolan pipped club-mate Jeremy Craigg by 28 seconds to finish 114th in 53.32 while Lenny Thomas, competing in only his third race of the season, clocked 56.41.
Another Harrier, Aaron Smith, crossed the line in 63.56 as the club finished in 10th. ..