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Runners quickly win back road race trophy

After shock loss in previous year, victory for ‘focused’ inter-borough athletes at Finsbury Park

08 March, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Team Camden runners celebrate after winning the Inter Borough Challenge Road Race Trophy at Finsbury Park on Sunday

TEAM Camden recaptured a lost crown on Sunday when they won the Inter Borough Challenge Road Race Trophy at Finsbury Park.

The competition brings together athletes from Camden, Islington, the City of London, Hackney, Haringey and Newham, who take part in six races – three age groups for the boys and three for the girls – in a bid to score valuable points.

Even with such a vast array of the capital’s talent on display, the sight of Camden lifting the shield had become somewhat commonplace as they won it for 17 years in succession. But that all changed last year when the smiles were replaced with looks of shock as Hackney powered their way to glory.

“We were all really disappointed when we lost our title,” said team manager Ben Dorsett, who works for Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service.

“This year we came back with a new focus, we were determined to win it back. We had a squad of over 80 athletes ready to take part, and they all raced tremendously well.”

Camden’s quickest was Jonah Kramer, who completed the 3km course in 9 mins, 33 seconds to win the boys’ Under-17s race. The 15-year-old was one of five who scored precious points, with Charlie Gundy finishing sixth, Theodore Elwes taking ninth spot, Nicolas Eissqutier 11th and Alex Burns 12th. Their combined efforts saw Team Camden win the age group overall.

Camden also won the girls’ Under-17s race outright. Millie Dunne took the silver medal position as she finished second in 12:14. The other four scorers were Amelia Carney and Hailey Knowles, who finished fourth and fifth respectively, Isabella Millett, who was seventh, and Maxine Chapman, who finished ninth.

The Camden girls’ Under-15s team were also victorious, with Ellen Donald taking second place in 11:32, closely followed by Louise Pradayrol in sixth, Nia Parry in seventh, Kate Driscoll in ninth, Caitlin Buckley in 12th and Gioia McKenzie in 17th.

The girls’ Under-13s squad finished second in their age group. Tara Rose Walsh led the charge as she finished in sixth spot in 12:55. Jess Parry was ninth, Faduma Abdi and Lilly Schauer were 12th and 13th respectively, Cecile Reeves was 16th, while Gabrielle Kennedy and Amy Chapman crossed the finishing line together to share 17th place.

The boys’ Under-15s squad also took the runners-up spot in their race. Finlay Sleeman was the quickest home for the borough as he took third place in 10:20, while the other scorers were Jesse Hopkins in fifth, Ross Doran in ninth, Gabriel Monaghan in 11th, Jayden Lyons in 17th and James Bevan in 20th.

The boys’ Under-13s team went one better as they secured first place. Peter Bayvel-Zayats raced into second place in 11:01, finishing just 13 seconds ahead of team-mate Paul Obie who took third place. It was arguably Camden’s strongest age group, with Luca Spactrosi taking fourth place, Lars ­Carbonez sixth, Wiremu Nicole eighth and Jamie Cameron 11th.

All the scorers will now go on to represent Camden in the London Mini-Marathon next month. The celebrations for regaining the Inter Borough title have been put on hold, however, as Ben explained:

“Hackney haven’t returned the shield yet, so we will have to wait. I’ll bring it along to the mini-marathon with me and all our young athletes can have their picture taken with it.”

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