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Manuel's in charge for Met League opener

PUBLISHED: 13:19 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

A DEPLETED Thames Valley Harriers side finished just outside the Division One rankings in 14th place at the first Metropolitan League race of the season. TVH fielded only eight runners – and that number was lowered further still when John Husbands tripped

A DEPLETED Thames Valley Harriers side finished just outside the Division One rankings in 14th place at the first Metropolitan League race of the season.

TVH fielded only eight runners - and that number was lowered further still when John Husbands tripped in a rabbit hole on the first descent at the Claybury course.

It was left to Manuel Da Silva to fly the TVH flag with an excellent run in hot conditions to cross the line in 29 minutes 49 seconds and take 81st place.

Callum Nicol, recently returned from university, was next home in 106th (30:48), just one second and one place ahead of team-mate Phil Wetton.

Matt Ponting also ran well to finish 123rd (31:37) while, in the women's section, Lisa Da Silva performed superbly to finish fourth, followed by Kate Nunn in 28th.

TVH's next cross-country outing is at Kingsbury a week on Saturday and they stage a home match in Division Two on November 8 at Wormwood Scrubs.

QUEEN'S Park Harriers' Brendan Green maintained his consistent form by finishing inside the top 50 at the opening Chiltern League match of the season.

Green was the fastest of the eight QPH scorers, clocking 32 minutes 11 seconds to finish 41st in a field of nearly 350 at Watford on Saturday.

Debutant Michale Dmitrzak displayed his credentials with a run of 33:25 to finish 53rd, while Andy Angus was the third QPH finisher in 37:01, followed by Jonathan Ainsworth (37:12) and Richard Davis (40:37).

James Walerych, who has moved up from junior level this year, was sixth fastest for QPH in 41:31, with Frank Nolan (43:39) and Chris O'Malley (45:02) completing the scorers.


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