The Independent London Newspaper
22nd October 2018

Youth Games success: Runners hit their target with their top-10 finish

     Team Camden’s Under-11s boys and girls runners:

    Team Camden’s Under-11s boys and girls runners:

    Published: 1 December, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    SPEEDSTERS Oliver Haddad and Julia Tomczak both took a place on the podium as Team Camden “achieved their goal” of securing a top-10 finish following their opening event at the London Youth Games. 

    A squad of 58 boys and girls donned their borough vests to take part in the Cross-Country Championships, held at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday. 

    Athletes competed across four age groups, the Under-11s, 13s, 15s, and 17s - finishing in sixth place overall in the girls event, and 12th in the boys. 

    Their results leave Camden seventh in the Jubilee Trophy standings out of the 33 London boroughs with 68 points. 

    Among the stand-out performances were Conor Sayles and Remi Weinbrecht who finished in fourth and eighth place respectively to earn Camden the silver medal position in the boys Under-11s age group. 

    In the boys Under-15s race, Highgate Harrier Oliver Haddad (pictured below) put in Camden’s best individual display of the day as he scooped a silver medal after finishing the 3km race in 10mins, 18secs to take second spot out of a field of 187 runners. 

    Another top performer was Westminster Kingsway College student Julia Tomczak (pictured below), who bagged a bronze in the girls’ Under-17s event after completing the 3k race in 11mins, 34secs to finish third out of 111 runners. 

    Camden just missed out on a team medal in the Under-17s age group after finishing fourth, 11 points behind third-placed Hammersmith and Fulham. 

    The championships proved a huge success for team manager Ben Dorsett from Camden Council Sport and Physical Activity Service. 

    Top Highgate Harriers coach Graham Norris, who supported Camden on the day, said: “We achieved our target of being in the top 10 after the first event, which stands us in good stead for when the London Youth Games action returns in 2017.” 

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