Mini marvels help Havering to more success on London Marathon’s hottest-ever day
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 April 2018
Havering’s young athletes had their best results for many years at the 2018 London Mini Marathon on Sunday.
Not only did they win the 33 London Borough challenge, they also came out on top in two of the age groups and claimed an individual win.
Teams of six (four scorers) at under-13, under-15 and under-17 level run the final three miles of the main route, finishing in The Mall, and defied the hottest-ever conditions on record.
The under-13 girls’ race saw Havering win for a second straight year as all six athletes finished in the top 33 out of almost 200 runners.
Natalie Sewell was a brilliant runner-up and Chloe Rand improved to a fine fifth place, with birthday girl Stephanie Okoro 16th and after a nasty fall as Tilly Canty recovered to 26th.
Debutants Madeline Barker (29th) and another faller Freya Long (33rd) completed the line-up.
The under-17 boys were also overall winners, after a superb victory from Yusuf Bizimana in his final year of competing
Sam Atkins followed Yusuf home with a much-improved fifth place finish as Alex Friend moved up and ran strongly for 10th, as Tom Keevil’s completed the scoring team in 15th – a phenomenal achievement.
Harry Jones (36th) and Reece Harriot (59th) also ran.
Molly Sweetman was a fine fourth in her first year at under-17 level, with Kate O’Neill close behind in fifth in her last outing.
Sophie Rand was 15th and Grace Dukelow 51st on her first outing in the age group to place the team third, with Charlotte Wright (99th) and Rosie Brown (100th) also in action.
The under-15 boys were led home by Jack Wright (12th) on his Havering debut, as Joshua McGill (25th), Alex Ford (39th) and Luke Chester (74th) scored and Samuel Bradley (93rd) and Dominic Jarvis (128th) also ran.
The under-15 girls squad was completely new and finished sixth thanks to fine runs by Sydney Foley (seventh), Abigail Ives (10th), Alice Brown (22nd) and Annie Grannell (52nd) as Alice Atkins (96th) and Amy Kilner (148th) made their debuts.
Oliver Jones was first for the under-13 boys in 21st, as Matthew Hick (28th) and debutants Shane Hart (30th) and Charlie Burgess (135th) scored and Patrick Cumberland (137th) and Ryan Holyman (138th) also ran.
Havering’s Matthew Blacklock, competing for the East Region, was fifth in the National event.
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