Play it again Sam as Farah is second

SAM FARAH was the star performer on Saturday for the Newham & Essex Beagles in the first race of the London City Runner Metropolitan League. Competing in the men s cross country race at Ruislip, Mo Farah s brother finished second with a time of 26.24. Th

SAM FARAH was the star performer on Saturday for the Newham & Essex Beagles in the first race of the London City Runner Metropolitan League.

Competing in the men's cross country race at Ruislip, Mo Farah's brother finished second with a time of 26.24.

This was the runner's best ever Met League placing, staking a solid claim for inclusion in the club's A team for Saturday's AAA National Six-Stage Road Relay Championships, in Birmingham.

Close behind was team-mate Scott Sterling, who crossed the line in eighth in 27.08.


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Sterling finished strongly and built on his good showing at Aldershot where he was the fastest runner in the B team.

In his first ever cross country race, Harun Abdi put in an impressive display, finishing 20th from a field of 329, recording a time of 28.17.

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Also running for Beagles in the men's event was Andre Duque finishing 73rd in 30.54, Ben Hellmers 123rd in 32.44 and Jason Crispin 186th in 35.19.

Despite only fielding a team of six, Beagles are fourth in Division Two and team manager Bob Smith said: "As soon as we field 12 in a race, we'll win."

In the women's event, Adele Stach-Kevitz was the Beagles' front runner, crossing the line in 46th with a time of 26.06.

Behind her was Venita Dabhi 27.33 (69th) and Leandra Polius 28.44 (85th).

In the boy's under-13s, J Fodder claimed eighth place in 11.56 and T Seager came 26th in 14.23.

The women's under-17's category saw Neha Dabhi just miss out on a top-10 finish, with a time of 16.41. Afusa Muicabarisa finished the course in 19.48, for 42nd position, and three places behind her was Natalie Pla with a time of 21.03.

The next Met League fixture is on Sunday, November 7 at Woodford Green.

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