Athletics: Matt Fayers produced a storming run to win arguably the toughest race of the day as Hillingdon AC youngsters enjoyed plenty of success at the Middlesex Junior Cross-country Championships.
Fayers latched on to two England athletes and on the final long hill he started to test Karnvir Hayer and Richard Charles, the latter folded and the Hillingdon youth showed great strength to leave Hayer three metres behind with 1km to go.
The pair saw off the rest of the chasing pack over that largely downhill section and Fayers motored up the hilly finish to win the U15 title in style.
Tommy Drury and Luke Pierre-Inkson helped the team to a creditable third place overall.
Clubmate Stephen Crosbie was unable to match that despite leading for all but 200m of the final 2km of the U13 boys race when two rivals surged past him to leave him with a bronze medal.
James Hailstone (16th) and Dominic Speight (27th) took the team to fifth.
England number one Richard Goodman was odds-on for the U17 honours and James Laing let him go but opted to run a solo race clear of the chasing pack.
It paid off as Laing ran away with a silver medal, Gavin Barclay produced his best run to gain a county vest with third place, Thagh Grant grabbed fifth despite a twisted ankle and an impressive 10th from James Francis ensured Hillingdon easily took gold in the team event.
The U20 men were defending their title but without Richard Mann and Matt Revier it was left to Robert Thompson to lead the team.
He finished second again and with Shane Coombes and Ed Campbell taking seventh and ninth respectively, they earned a fine second place.
The U13 girls came in fourth thanks to Rebecca Miles (seventh), Katherine Newberry (16th) and Carys Tetlaw (20th), while Nyasha Horne (21st) and Charlotte Cowper (22nd) were close behind as Hillingdon fielded by far the most athletes in the category with nine finishers.
Heather Gibbon was the first finisher in 16th place in the U15 girls while Esme Stallard, Jade Nettleton and Eve Follows helped the team to fifth place.
The U17 women recorded a convincing victory thanks to Hannah Wells (fourth), Claire Vizard (seventh) and Sonal Patel (11th) as Hillingdon dominated one of the smallest fields of the day, with a third of the runners bearing the red stripe.
Hillingdon's senior men finished third out of 15 in the penultimate round of the Metropolitan League in Stevenage.
The B team managed fourth from 16 and both are on course to grab top three finishes overall after the final event at Horsenden Hill on February 14.
The scorers for the A team were: 20 Martin Bateman (28.39); 24 Daniel Thompson (28.52); 30 Robert Thompson (29.06); 38 Jonathan Castro (29.25); 60 Tony Grant (30.14); 67 Matt Revier (30.35); 71 Steve Farley (30.57); 80 Justin McGowan (31.04); 88 Paul Leppard (31.18); 99 Richard Jenkin (31.45); 114 Andy Miles (32.08).
The scorers for the B team were: 119 Pete Warburton (32.24); 139 Dave Smith (33.27); 147 Simon Claridge (33.43); 170 Stevan Dokic (34.35); 199 Nigel Mann (36.19); 202 Nick Seaman (36.55); 207 John Bignell (37.15); 220 John Luscombe (38.03); 242 Mick Miller (39.41); 250 Doug Milsom (41.40); 251 Brian Feldman (41.50); 256 Phil Welch (42.58); 259 Steve Thompson (43.42); 260 Steve Patterson (43.46).
Emma Grant was 20th in the senior women's race in 23.53 and Michelle Ryan was 83rd in 29.39. [25a0] Three Hillingdon Triathletes took part in the Bushey Park 5K where Oliver Jones recorded 18.49, Stuart Reilly managed 20.16 and Christine Meek finished in 22.36.