This Sunday saw the return of the Summer League – a series of five road races contested between nine London running clubs – with the first fixture hosted jointly by Ealing Eagles and Ealing, Southall and Middlesex running clubs in Perivale Park. Queen’s Park Harriers are the defending champions this year, having won their first title in 2017, and record numbers of Hoops were in attendance with 61 runners in the senior race and 12 in the juniors looking to continue last year’s good work.
The senior race was contested in the hot sunshine over five miles in Perivale Park and on the surrounding roads. Nathan Pask was the first club member home, finishing 3rd overall, and Jen Armson the first QPH lady in 33rd place – 2nd of the women. Jen Armson, Fiona Eagle, Nathan Barnard and Dan Levy were all fastest of their respective age categories, with numerous others featuring in the top three.
Following the senior race, it was the juniors’ turn with the Tenderfoot – a race over approximately one mile for 6-15 year olds. Alex Quinn was the first of QPH’s youngsters to finish, ultimately coming 3rd after being in contention for the majority of the race, but all competed well.
The competition concluded with four 4x400m (ish) relays in which the Harriers excelled. The Men’s team of Matt Kitchin, Sam Sutherland, Tim Muir and Sathiyan Sivathas coasted to victory before Jo Braine, Fiona Eagle, Michelle Ford and Jen Armson followed suit in the Women’s. In the mixed relays, Alex Quinn, Joao Diogo, Maurice Quirke and Michael Dmitrzak continued QPH’s winning streak before Henry Englishby, Andrew Jackson, Charlotte Tatham and Nathan Pask made it a clean sweep.
The official results are still to be confirmed, but the indication at the moment is that the Harriers amassed the most points from the various races on the day and will take a lead into the second fixture at Headstone Manor Park on 17th June.
See http://www.thesummerleague.uk for more details.
Results can be found HERE