Harriers hopeful Busaileh can return to previous best
Herne Hill Harriers' Chris Busaileh has launched his comeback from injury following several months away from competitive running.
Busaileh was second at the Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Open 5m, clocking 27 minutes, 14 seconds on a heavy five-mile course at Wimbledon Common. The race was won by the host club's Andrew Penney in 26:37.
Harriers now hope that Busaileh can recapture the form that saw him run a 5km personal best of 14:39 last winter, as they seek to defend their status as Surrey men's cross-country league champions.
Harriers also claimed two age category victories at the Lauriston Open, with Tony Harran winning the M50 race in 33:08 and Mike Harran the M70 competition in a time of 43:16, an age category course record.
Elsewhere, Ben Paviour was fourth at the Serpentine Last Friday 5k in Hyde Park, clocking 15:59. Mohammed Ismail was eighth in 16:46 and Eric Dol 35th in 19:03.
Ismail was in fine form less than 24 hours later as he won the Dulwich parkrun in 16.37 - nine seconds faster than his Hyde Park time.
Keith Newton, another Herne Hill athlete on the comeback trail, was fourth in 17:58. Newton's 12-year-old daughter, Ella, clocked an impressive 21:20 in the same race, finishing 26th overall and first female.
There was further junior success for Harriers at the Wimbledon Common parkrun, with 15-year-old Lascelles Hussey claiming second place in 18:28. Rupert Mainwaring was 19th in 19.53.
The focus for Harriers' senior men's squad will turn to the Surrey cross-country championship held in Lloyd Park on Saturday.
Herne Hill are defending champions having beaten Belgrave Harriers by just eight points in the 2012 championship.