Exceptional result for Whitgift pupil who does Croydon proud at the London Mini Marathon.
Lower Third Form Whitgift pupil, Harley Norman, competed in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon, on Sunday 24 April. The mini marathon is a three-mile road event for young athletes aged 11 to 17, between London's Old Billingsgate and The Mall. Previous winners of the Mini London Marathon include double London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.
With some 250 boys contesting the U13 age group, Harley finished an outstanding 2nd overall and 1st in the Borough challenge. He received his winner's trophy from Prince Harry.
Harley commented on the experience, “There was an amazing atmosphere on the day, with so many people having turned up to cheer us on. At the 1km mark, myself and a Welsh boy broke away from the main group, but unfortunately at the 600m mark he pushed on through to win the age group, but only by about 8 seconds. The best part of the day was being amongst elite athletes and being able to watch the race after I had finished.”
Harley, a member of Epsom and Ewell Harriers running club, has also achieved considerable success representing Whitgift. In the Michaelmas Term, he was part of the U14 winning team at the Croydon Schools’ Championships, at which he also achieved a top 3 finish. He was part of the U13 team which, competing against 23 of the best athletics schools in the country, won the ESAA Cross Country national title. Harley was Whitgift’s highest finisher, with individual silver.
Whitgift’s Head of Cross Country, Miss Laura Gomersall, commented, “This is an exceptional result for Harley; he has been consistently strong this season, with an impressive number of notable wins on the national cross country circuit. I am extremely proud of his achievements; testament goes to his high work ethic and dedicated approach. I’m sure he’ll now be eager to match, or better, this result at next year’s event!”