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Jenell has learnt his lesson

PUBLISHED: 11:59 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010

Jenell El-Bahradri

Jenell El-Bahradri

NEWCOMER Jenell El-Bahradri ran a tactical race to finish well up the field for Queen s Park Harriers at the National Championships on Saturday. El-Bahradri, running his first championship event, forsook his habit of starting too quickly for a more measu

NEWCOMER Jenell El-Bahradri ran a tactical race to finish well up the field for Queen's Park Harriers at the National Championships on Saturday.

El-Bahradri, running his first championship event, forsook his habit of starting too quickly for a more measured run and pushed QPH team-mate Brendan Greene all the way at Parliament Hill Fields.

The reliable Greene was QPH's fastest finisher, in 50 minutes exactly and 510th place in a field of 1,500, but El-Bahradri was only 11 seconds and 13 places behind him.

Michael Dmitrzak, another national championship debutant, was the third QPH finisher in 51:28, followed by Jonathan Ainsworth (54:40) and over-50 runner Frank Nolan (57:11).

Jeremy Grigg - who completed one of the two laps with just one shoe - was the sixth QPH scorer in 58:16 as the team placed 71st out of 120.

They included five further finishers - Andy Angus (58:54), Richard Davies (60:55), Damien Bastick (64:31), Lenny Thomas (64:53) and Alex Brodie - who fell three times, but got up to cross the line in 94:49.

LONDON cross-country champion Chris Smith was Thames Valley Harriers' fastest finisher on Saturday, taking 21st place in a time of 40:24.

Smith was followed by Steve Norris (48:57), Matt Ponting (51:35), captain Phil Wetton (52:00), Richard Bell (55:37) and Simon Maddison (61:59) as TVH's men finished 58th overall.

Lisa Da Silva was the only TVH runner in the senior women's race, finishing 60th in 34:02, while Joanna Mobed recovered from a fall to take 21st place (21:20) in the under-17s.

Katherine Spooner (60th, 16:36) beat team-mate Sasha Tory (63rd, 16:38) for the first time in the girls' under-15 race, with newcomer Hebe Foster doing well to take 222nd (18:46).

Zewede Hamid (13:49) led the under-13 boys to 36th place, with Oliver Berg (14:19), Joe Cooper (15:08) and Sam Cooper (16:03) making up the team.

Mohamud Adaan came 122nd (41:20) and Stephanie Ainley 80th (24:02) in their respective under-20 races, while Matt Myers (23:43) was 144th for the under-17 men.


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