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Lisa's not prepared to settle for Silva

PUBLISHED: 11:52 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

THAMES Valley Harriers Lisa da Silva held off rival Emma Grant to win the women s Liddiard Trophy race at Fryent Country Park on Saturday. The pair opened up a sizeable lead, despite confusion that meant they ran a longer lap than required, and it was da

THAMES Valley Harriers' Lisa da Silva held off rival Emma Grant to win the women's Liddiard Trophy race at Fryent Country Park on Saturday.

The pair opened up a sizeable lead, despite confusion that meant they ran a longer lap than required, and it was da Silva (pictured right) who surged through 200m from the line.

The TVH athlete's confident sprint finish enabled her to complete the fast and firm, but undulating course in exactly 17 minutes and a two-second win over Hillingdon's Grant.

As da Silva was the only TVH entrant in the women's event, the team failed to score, but the men did put out a full complement of runners and claimed fourth place overall.

Manuel da Silva held a good pace to finish 10th out of over 100 runners (27:01), closely followed by Calum Nicol in 13th (27:19), while Phil Wetton was the first TVH veteran home in 28th place (28:46).

Matt Ponting was 17 seconds behind in 32nd, followed by newcomer Matthieu Ribauld (34th, 29:16), Bernie Robbins (45th, 30:44), Peter Hill (50th, 31:07), Richard Bell (58th, 31:35) and Mike Ingram (67th, 32:52).

Hosts Queen's Park Harriers took fifth place in the men's event, with their list of finishers headed by debutant Jerell El-Bahraoi, who claimed 12th place with a time of 27:18.

Brendan Green was next home in 17th (27:09), followed by Michael Dmitrzak (28:59), Andy Angus (31:34), Jonathan Ainsworth (31:48) and first year senior James Walerych (32:31).

Non-scoring finishers for QPH were Damian Bastick (34:21), Frank Nolan (36:46), Aaron Smith (38:24), Alex Brodie (39:09), David Bailey (44:20), John Walerych (46:29), Doddridge Benjamin (52:18), and Kyle Allard and Martell Charles (both 53:37).

In the women's race, Mary Nolan was QPH's fastest finisher in 17th place (22:44), followed by Jenny Akhurst (22nd, 24:29).


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