Highgate Harriers/City of London Open Meeting - Wednesday 12th September 2018

Track and Field Results

Highgate Harriers are based at
Parliament Hill athletics track
Hampstead Heath, London NW5.

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20-Sep-2018     Alastair Aitken

Irish runner, Fergal Smithwick, who had trouble breaking 16 minutes for 5000m, when he joined Highgate Harriers in 2013 was always going to find it hard to make the ‘A’ team for Highgate Harriers but, that is all behind him now, as he ran 15:03.0 for 5000 this year.

He won the Highgate Harriers Open Meeting 5000 in 15:21.76 on Wednesday the 12th of September, in very cool conditions. In sixth place of the 21 runners was Highgate’s Sean Renfer in 15:27.02 and an interesting ‘blast from the past’ Shane Snow, who was one of the best runners in Highgate for  some years and, son of television presenter  Peter Snow, ran round, as the first ‘over 50’ runner in 16:47.54.

He was once a 14:44 5k runner and, was eleven times in the first 100 in the Senior National cross country Championships.

Highgate had some  winners on the night besides Smithwick. The Under 11’s 75 yard sprint was won by George Parkinson. In Race 3 Neil Middleton, an Over 50 runner won his 100m in 12.98

In the 100 Race 4 Ezekiel Stoute, an Under 15 was first in 12.94. James Rossiter (M45) that all rounder’ won the 100 race 6 in 13.84

In the Under 11’s 600’ Tilly Talbot ran 3rd in 2:05.82 for a personal best. Ten ran in that race.

That amazing veteran-Master performer, Tony Richards, an over 65 athlete was 2nd in shot 5k  with 10.62 and 2nd in the discus 1kiwth 34.12.


20-Sep-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harrier, Shane Snow, who was a leading runnier for Highgate Harriers in the 1980-s 90-s is still showing some form. His time in the Highgate Harriers Open meeting recently of 16:47.54, is a club OVER 50’ record beating the previous holder, Alex Davidson’s time of 17:03 but then as a 55 plus runner Alex, has been doing well this year as reported previously.


10-Sep-2018     Alastair Aitken

Murray Strain, who always makes the Highgate Harriers ‘A’ teen, was 10th in the top ‘A’ race over 10,000 at the Ladywell Arena, Catford on the 2nd of September with a time of 32:01.87. There were 7 races on the track. Strain has the unique distinction of being a Scottish International runner on the mountains, a good fell runner, cross-country and road man. A few years back he was on the anchor leg when Highgate Harriers won the National 12 Stage road relay at Sutton Coldfield. Also in the race and just ahead of Strain in 9th, was Highgate’s cross-country Captain Rob Wilson in 31:55.08.


In the Regents Park 10k on Sunday 2 September, Alistair Sleeman, an under 20 runner for Highgate, was 16th of 515 in a personal best time of 37:41.  The other Highgate Harrier in the large field was 38th Nadi Jahangiri, the first over 55 in the race, in 39:47.

The first ‘Beacon’ race at the very start of the Autumn/Winter season will be on the 23rd of September, at Crystal Palace, where Highgate Harriers look to have a reasonably strong team in the Southern Areas Championships six stage road relay, which they won last year. The National Six stage will be at Sutton Coldfield on the 6th of October and Highgate, could feature in that too.


10-Sep-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harrier, Brendan Donnelly, who comes from Northern Ireland, was 13th of 202 runners in the Last Friday in the Month Serpentine 5k in 17:28 on 31 August. The other Highgate Harriers to feature highly in the results was Justin Bere, an over 55 athlete, who ran only 4 seconds outside his personal best when doing 18:06 in 21st place plus being the first over 50 runner in the race.

The other Highgate men were 24 David Kelly an M45 in 18:19, &, 53rd Richard Stewart, who has been plagued with injuries over the last couple of years. He is an over 45 runner and ran round in 19:40. In 108th was Luca Spaccatrosi, an Under 13 year old, in 21:48.


Highgate Harrier, Tony Richards, who is 69 this year and 70 next year, is brilliant in the throwing events and next year he will be a strong contender for British age category Gold medals, in the older age group.
In atrocious weather, at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on the 25 of August, Richards, was a close 2nd in the 65-69 javelin competition with 32.74 and was only beaten narrowly by very experienced, 65-year old, Paul Oakes, who threw 32:81.  Oakes had been competing at veteran athletics since he was 40. Richards also came 3rd in the discus with 35.33 and 2nd in the shot (26 August) with 10.48.


28-Aug-2018     Alastair Aitken

Dominic Ogbechie, coached by Marius Guei, was in good form again, at his speciality the high jump on Saturday, 25 August. He won the Under 17 England Championship High jump at Bedford. He achieved a height of 2.18 and was well clear of the second athlete Sam Brereton of Newquay, who did 2.11. Although Dominic has jumped even higher this year, with 2:22, it was a good performance as the next four athletes behind him in the final did personal best performances. Dominic also won the long jump with a distance of 7.30 m.

Parliament Hill track is managed by the City of London and a fee is payable for use.
A special arrangement with the City of London gives Highgate Harriers members
free access to the track on club nights.

Hampstead Heath information and maps can be found on the City of London website.

The nearest stations are Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath on London Overground
and Belsize Park or Kentish Town on the London Underground.

See www.runtrackdir.com for track details and location

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