ANDREA SPACCATROSI SMASHES HIS PERSONAL BEST
Andrea Spaccatrosi, an Over 45 athlete, was in good form on Sunday (22/1) when he came 8th of 396 runners in the Victoria Park 10k race.
Spaccatrosi previous best time was 36:53 for 10k and he reduced that to 34:01 in Sunday’s race
THE HIGHGATE HARRIERS MENS TEAM will be competing in the South of England Championships, this coming Saturday and, as they won the event last year they will be going for glory again at Parliament Hill Fields. Another serious ‘Beacon’ event comes up on the 11th of February, when the Final Metropolitan League cross country of the season will be at Alexandra Place Park. If the Men win that day, it will be a new record of five consecutive years’ victories. That will beat Woodford Green & Essex ladies record of 4 consecutive wins, since the league began in 1966. The women that day have a good chance of winning and therefore, Highgate would gain the combined event Trophy for the senior Howard Williams Cup.
MOLLY AND MEGAN SHINE FOR HIGHGATE
HIGHGATE HARRIERS WOMEN in the last league match were in second place with 763 to London Heathside’s 791 with Serpentine 3rd with 650 but after the last match at Trent Park, Highgate have gone to the top of the league with a total of 1090 with London Heathside on 1052 and Serpentine third with 861. Highgate can win the Women’s league too, if they keep the momentum going.
Highgate’s Molly Renfer
, the sister of that talented first team runner Sean Renfer
, won a thrilling race in the Women’s event at Trent Park. There was a battle amongst half a dozen runners till, Molly Renfer moved ahead on the very last hill, up to the finish, to hold off the Southern Champion, Naomi Tschimowiz from Shaftesbury Barnet by one second.
She found it useful running in the Surrey cross country and coming third, the week before. She had been in Harvard University and New Mexico University last year and they tend to have races over flatter ground. Regarding her race on Saturday she said “I stayed with the front pack. I decided that if anyone made a move, I would go with them so, I tried to then to relax but Naomi pushed me.”
The Overall results for the Highgate women out of the 193 finishers were 1 Molly Renfer 21.28 and then 4 Hannah Viner, with another good run in 23:06; 5 Emma Dixon 23:17; 7 Ashley Scott-Wilson 23:51; 11 Emma Butcher 24:16; 14 Alex Gounelas 24:36; 24 Emma Burgess 25:23; 39 Esther Pigney 26:29; 51 Morven Lean 27:21; 58 Georgia Doolan 27:44; 54 Louise Faherty 27:48 and 61, over 50 lady, Lucy McGuinness in 28:03 (Well over half way up the field of 193)
Highgate’s Megan Greensmith
won the Under 17 women’s race, out of 48 finishers. Her time was 15:47, Maxine Chapman was 14th in 17:41 (An Under 15) and another Under 15 Ella Hartley was 20th in 18:25. Megan Smith is 16 years old and came from New Zealand. About the race she explained “It was a hell of a hill but I gave it my all today’. ‘Next year I hope to study at North West London College. Running is my favourite discipline”.
The result of the other events on the day:-
Under 11 Boys
where 82 took part. Liam Bailey, son of Chris Bailey, had a good run coming 9th in 6:40; 35 was Jamie Cameron 7:17; 61 Alex Driscoll 8:04 and 68 Rufus Oglivie 8:16. All the boys are only 9 years old.
Under 13 Boys
, out of 54, Finlay Sleeman was 12th in 12:56; 15 Lucas Porter 13:13; 26 Ezra Baddiel-Banks 13:37,; 28 Jesse Hopkins 13:40. (Highgate Team 3rd of 20 teams).
Under 13 girls
:- Out of 44, 5 Ellen Donald 13:27; 22 Kate Driscoll 14.48 and 25 Millie Aslan 14.57
Under 17 men
out of 78-- Tal Pelmont 23 in 15:08; 53 Jamie McCarty 16:44 and 71 Ali Addison (Under 15) 18:32.
HIGHGATE MEN CLOSING IN ON A MOMENTOUS LEAGUE VICTORY
Highgate Harriers fifth and final Start Fitness
Metropolitan League meeting of the season, will be on the 11th of February a couple of weeks after the Southern Championships at Parliament Hill Fields.
The interesting facts are that Highgate Harriers men look like being very hot favourites to win the league after the last match at Alexandra Palace Park. If they do, which is most likely, it will be A RECORD for the first club to win the Senior league Division One five times in succession since the league began in 1966.
Something else, Highgate with just a slight adjustment for their ‘C’ team, can top the Division 1, 2 and 3 on the 11th of February, if you look at the current situation, after the penultimate league event at Trent Park, Cockfosters on Saturday.
The Totals read for the ‘A’ team Highgate 4636; 2nd Woodford 4170; 3 Serpentine RC 950. In Division 2 Highgate ‘B’ are top with 4489 and, the ‘C’ team are second with 4492, very close behind to Ealing Eagles ‘A’ who are top with 4503.
Here comes the strength in depth results in which 428 runners
completed the gruelling switchback course of hills.
Another final thing we could also win the Veterans League as, at the moment Highgate Harriers are in second position with 1098 behind Serpentine who have 1161 with London Heathside 3rd with 940 points.
Highgate's 33 runners were led home by Robel Bahelbi in 11th place, closely followed by Chris Rainsford (12th) and Pete Chambers, returning from injury in 13th place.
Further down the pack, Richard Solomons (Once Highgate Harriers 6 mile cross country Cup winner, now over 65)
finished in 368th place, with 90 people behind him at Trent Park!
Full results can be found on the Highgate Results Page
NO STOPPING DOMINIC OGBECHIE
Last Weekend Highgate Harrier, Dominic Ogbechie lit up the year for Highgate Harriers track & Field team, when he won the Southern Under 17 Southern Championships long jump indoors with a Championship Best Performance. The previous best was 6.93. Dominic lept 7.04 in the Lee Valley Indoor Arena and 2nd behind him was Ben Sutton of Blackheath & Bromley with 6.30.
Dominic also ran in the 60metres and was 2nd in the heat in 7.14; 2nd in the semi final with 7.07 and ran a personal best by coming 3rd in the final with 7.02, the same time as the 2nd home.
An athlete for many years with the Highgate Harriers is Chris Bailey who is the Sixth form Games Co-ordinator at Dominic Ogbechie's School, Cardinal Vaughn Memorial School at Shepherds Bush and he thinks Dominic is immensely talented and just about up with the best seniors in the country.
TERRY AND HANNAH THE HIGHGATE COUNTY ‘STARS’
In the Middlesex cross country Championships at Hillingdon House Farm, Terry Fawden led the Highgate Harriers team to victory in the Under 20 men’s race. The team 1st Terry Fawden 26:54; 7 Alex Machin-Paley 28:15; 9 Aurel Sinko-Uribe 28:38 and 13 James Millett 29:58.
The first three teams, from 21 people that finished, were 1 Highgate Harriers 17; 2nd Ealing Southall & Middx 28 and 3 Hillingdon 38.
, who is in the Sixth form at Highgate School, said “My endurance is quite good at the moment. I did not really want to sprint at the end, so I made sure the pace was fast. At half way he was in a battle with London Heathside’s James Woolridge (2nd in 27:06); and Mukhtar Farah from Ealing Southall & Middx 3rd in 27:24 but then, Terry came away for the final stages and was unlikely then to be caught. His last very big success was coming 9th in the National cross country in 2014 but, he appears to be getting right back to that sort form again. He is coached by Chris Rainsford
, who is very pro-active, shouting out to his young runners in the races to guide their efforts, Terry with others like James Young of Enfield & Haringey, who won the Under 17 race, trains under Rainsford at Parliament Hill Fields.
, is only 20 still, yet as a first year senior she did remarkably well, going off in the lead and it was over half way before international marathon runner Tracy Barlow of Thames Valley Harriers overtook her, doing 28:58. Hannah was 2nd in 29:39 and Gemma Barry of Hillingdon 3rd in 30:26. Highgate’s Emma Burgess had a good run and, out of the 90 finishers she was 7th in 31:59. Lucy McGuinness, a veteran over 50, did very well again, coming 31st of the 90 in 35:39.
The senior Middlesex Championships is not designated as a 'Beacon Race' for Highgate Harriers men but they still got medals and, show they are never out of the frame this season. The first three teams, out of 10 clubs that closed in were Serpentine RC 110; 2 Hillingdon 136 and 3 Highgate Harriers 139 but ahead of TVH, London Heathside and Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets. The local international’ Star’ Richard Goodman won the race for Shaftesbury Barnet in 27:29 following his victories in 2 Met Leagues, and the North of Thames Championships and LIddiard Cup race..
Highgate’s scorers out of the 165 plus finishers were 16 Danny Russell (40:46); 17 Fergal Smithwick (41:05); 18 Jon Laybourn 41:10); 19 Sean Renfer (41:25) 33 James Johnson (43:25) and well established Highgate veteran Nick Gold 36th in 43:45. Others included 46 Alex Davidson 44:49 and 77 Joseph Lowe 47:54.
It was interesting to note that a new member Molly Renfer, who has been in the USA at University, was 3rd in the Surrey senior cross country in 29:30 and only beaten by a couple of international runners. She is Sean Renfer’s sister.
TEAM SILVER AND TWO BRONZE FOR HIGHGATE YOUNGSTERS
In the Under 13’s Boys race over 3000m in the Middlesex Championships at Hillingdon, the First three teams from 10 clubs were 1st Hillingdon 13; 2nd Highgate Harries 23 points and 3rd London Heathside with 29. The winner was the talented London Hearthside lad Ruairi McGonagle in 10:56 but, out of the 57 finishers there were some good Highgate positions. The team scorers were 6 Theo Machin Paley 11:20; 8 Sam Amdor 11:42 and 9 Monte Watson 11:45.
In the under 15 girls over 4000m, the first three teams were 1 Thames Valley Harriers 27; St Mary’s 32 and Highgate Harriers 40.
Out of 47 runners Highgate were led home by Sasha Fear, the younger sister of Georgia Fear in 10th place in 16:37. The other scorers were 14 Ellie Gilmore 16:55 and 16 Emile Sunnucks 16:58.
Under 17 Women running over 5000m. The first three teams were Thames Valley Harriers who had the winner Kosana weir. They got 14 poinmts, 2 Ealing Southall & Middx 32 and 3rd Highgate Harriers with 36 points. 5 Megan Greensmith 19:11; 14 Sophie Boehler 21:04; and Alice Mouly 21:52.
Under 13 girls over 3000m. Highgate Harries were 4th with 47 points but, not far behind the winners Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets who got 43 points.
The Highgate scoring team, from 62 finishers, were 9 Ellen Donald 12:36; 14 Annelise O’Connell 12:52 and 24 Kate Driscoll 13:17.
Under 11 girls race, over approximately 1500, 27 finished and the three Hhighgate girls were 5 Thea Rheinhardt 7:35; 15 Ella Aslan 8:05 and 20 Amy Chapman 8:41.
In the Under 15 Boys race over 4000m, 40 ran and one Highgate lad Theodore Elwes came 12th in 15:00.
Esther Pigney achieved third for a bronze medal in Under 20 women’s race in 20:15. The race was over 5000m.
In the Under 11 Boys over 1500m, out of 20 runners in 4th place was Highgate’s Liam Bailey in 7:08, not far behind the winner who recorded 6:59. And Alex Driscoll was 15th in 8:24