Patrick Lucas continued his breakthrough season at apace on Saturday, with a fourth place finish at the Roundshaw Downs Time Trial, writes Matthew Kiernan.

The 14 year-old Croydon Harrier clocked a new personal best time of 19 minutes 16 seconds over the undulating 5km cross-country course, and was the first junior athlete home in the process.

His nearest rival for the junior honours was club colleague Stirling Gibbons, who crossed the line in a time of 22 minutes flat for 12th place out of the 52 finishers.

Meanwhile, Croydon Harriers senior men’s team produced a solid display at the South of Thames cross-country championships in West Wickham.

Croydon finished 16th out of the 27 teams in the 200-strong field, thanks to the scoring quartet of David Brown (67th, 33.08), Colin Oxlade (70th, 33.16) Julian Dillow (77th, 33.49) and Martin Rowe (125th, 37.08).

There was also non-scoring support from Andrew Del Nevo (128th, 37.28) Keith Brown (151st, 39.28) and Norman Hemming (153rd, 39.36) over the five-mile race.

Miriam De Souza was the first woman home for Croydon, finishing 43rd.