MARCUS GREEN IMPROVES AGAIN
Highgate Harrier Marcus Green, improved his personal best time for the marathon, yet again, with 2:41.41 in the Berlin Marathon on the 25th of September.
The race was won by World 5 & 10k record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in the second fastest time ever recorded for the distance of 2:03.3.
Green’s previous best was running 2:42.56 in the Florence Marathon on the 29th of November.
Next weekend Highgate Harriers go to Sutton Coldfield with two good teams to compete in the Men’s National road relay Championships and the Women’s team should be there, as they qualified in a high sixth place in the Southern road relay.
HIGHGATE WOMEN HIGHLY PLACED
Highgate Harriers Women look like being in a strong position again for the coming races in the winter season and, it was noted they had won the Metropolitan League for most years for a long time now.
Their ‘A’ quartet ran very well in the Women’s Southern four stage relay Championships at Bedford. They came 6th of 51 starting teams in 1:06.23, finishing ahead of strong Southern clubs, Blackheath & Bromley ladies, Herne Hill Harriers and Kent AC. The winning team was Aldershot Farnham & District in 1:02.40.
The Highgate Harriers 'A' team were Ashley Scott-Wilson 16:24; Svenja Abel 16:12; Sophie Sheldrake 17:28; Hannah Viner 16:19.
The Highgate 'B' team finished in 22nd place.
AUSTIN HARRIS RUNS WELL AGAINST QUALITY
Austin Harris, born 25/2/2000, the Middlesex Under 17, 1500m Champion this year, ran well to be 14th fastest out of 120 plus runners, in the Under 17 Southern Road Relay Championships on Sunday.
Highgate’s Under 17 team were 10th of 37 starting clubs. The rest of the team was Isaac Adni 15:55; Dempster Fawden 16:16 and Jamie McCarty 16.45 (Team did 63:51 behind winners Shaftesbury Barnet who did 58:04)
The Under 17 Highgate girls team were 16th of 42 starting clubs. They were led off by Highgate School’s, Phoebe Littler 10:22 and, the other two were; Jessica Wilkinson 11.08 and Daisy Griffin 11.17.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS STRENGTH IN DEPTH
Highgate Harriers had two teams that qualified for the National Six Stage Rood relay, at Sutton Park, Birmingham on the 8th of October, which is impressive.
Despite not having five of their top men to strengthen their first team, for one reason or another, Highgate’s 'A' team claimed 5th place and their ‘B’ team 20th out of the 57 clubs, at the South of England Relay Championships
at Bedford on Saturday.
The first 25 clubs in each area compete in the final. When you consider all things being equal Highgate Harriers should be the favourites to win the Metropolitan League senior men’s event again, starting at Claybury, Woodford on the 15th of October. About the overall situation for the season, beginning really in September and ending in May 2017, Ben Pochee the Manager of the teams, remarked thoughtfully.
About the road/cross-country situation for the total season “I think like a fine wine we will mature this season gently but robustly.”
Olympian and European medallist, Andy Vernon of the winning team Aldershot Farnham & District (1:46.12) did the fastest time of the day on the anchor leg for his club team with 16:48.
To think how good Highgate did you have to realise, Highgate’s ‘B’ team beat some big hitters. ‘A’ teams of Thames Hare & Hounds; Belgrave and City of Norwich.
Highgate’s ‘A’ team were, in order of legs, Brahma Pochee 18:16; Rob Wilson 18.14; Robel Bahelbi 18.12; Jon Laybourn 18.58; Peter Hawkings 18.41 and Chris Rainsford their fastest man 18:05.
Highgate’s ‘B’ team were Terry Fawden, in his first major debut in a senior Championship competition was the fastest in the Highgate s ‘B’ team with 18.33; 2 Ben Noad 18.42; 3 Ed Hickman-Casey 20.00; Tom Willard-Reid 20.03; James Millet 19.24; and Michael Dan 19.42. (1:56.24).
To Cap it all Highgate’s ‘C’ team were 37th, well off the back in 2:02.37 Alex Machin Paley 19.26; Alex Houghton 20.18; Nick Gold 20.10; Jack Matthewman 20.38; James Johnson 20.45,Brendn Donnelly 21:20.
It was even more incredible that Highgate Harriers even had a 4th team ‘D’ in the relay that came 50th in 2:15.25 (Included 4 veterans too) Team:- Andrew Collins 21.02 Martin Bright 22.45; Alex Davidson 21.54; Richard Stewart 22.45; John O’Shea 25.25 and Oliver Kean 21.34 .They finished ahead of some good first teams too which include Nene Vallley Harriers, Guilford & Godalming, Bornemouth and Croydon Harriers.
OGBECHIE LEADS FROM THE FRONT
Highgate Harrier, Dominic Ogbechie, continues to have a successful year as a leading youngster in the club.
In the Weekend at the Exeter Arena, Ogbechie, competing for London, won the ENGLISH SCHOOLS JUNIOR BOYS PENTATHLON.
His overall points were 3208 for the Combined Events Championships. His marks were 12.19 for the 100 hurdles; shot 11.33; long jump 6.55; high jump 1.91 and a 2:15.0 800m to finish with.
What a player!
HIGHGATE HARRIERS DO WELL IN SPAIN
Hannah Viner & Chris Rainsford of Highgate Harriers, were highly placed in the Adidas Ciudad de Logrono 10k, road race in Spain, on the 11th of September.
Chris Rainsford was 2nd in the Men’s 10k in 32:16, behind Spaniard, Charles Castillejo Salvador, who ran 31:49 but ahead of the 2nd Spaniard, Chelmas Martinez, who was 3rd in 33:54. 197 took part.
Hannah Viner was the 1st woman home in 36:56.
Marcus Green, was 121st amongst the masses of runners, in the Great North Run last Sunday and, his time was 78:21, which was a personal best for the half marathon distance