Highgate Harriers Open Meeting - Wednesday 9th September 2020


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

The club welcomes new members of all standards and abilities from the age of seven. Club training sessions take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Parliament Hill - August 2019

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13-Sep-2020     Alastair Aitken

With so many events being called off, it was good to see there was a track event at Parliament Hill on the evening of Wednesday 9th September. It was the first “Highgate Harriers Middle Distance Open Meet”. Highgate Harriers were prominent in the races. Highgate's fastest 3000m was by Roger Poolman in the final race of the night, which he won in 8:18.9. Sean Renfer, another good senior, was 2nd in 8:56.1in the fourth 3000m race. Edmund Brown won of the third 1500m race in a PB of 4:34.4; 2nd was Ross Doran 4:35.3; and 3rd Jack Bailey 4:36.5. That trio were all from Highgate Harriers. The fastest 1500m of the day was by Luca Minale of Victoria Park Harriers who ran a PB of 4:03.1 to win race 4. Highgate winners included Nick Hind, in the first the 3000m race in 10:40.9, and Daniel Brewer in the third 3000m race in 9:11.8.  Race 2 of the 1500m was won in a PB by Highgate’s Patrick Jarvis in 4:46.9. It was worth noting that 57 year-old Alex Davidson ran the 3000m in 10:03.5.

On Saturday 6 September Niki Faulkner of Highgate Harriers, and a student at Imperial College London, was out running a fast 800m at Lee Valley in the LICC meeting. He finished 5th in his race in 1:57:25. His fastest ever was last year when he did 1:54:25. It is always a good club standard to break the 2-minute barrier!  At the same meeting, that celebrated over 70 field event exponent, Anthony Richards was the 2nd over 70 in the discus with 36.69.


02-Sep-2020     Alastair Aitken

Under 23 runner and student, Terry Fawden of Highgate Harriers has started his steeplechasing season in good form. He ran his second fastest time of 9:28.81when he finished 3rd of 8 runners in the BMC Gold Standard meet at Lee Valley on the 29th of August.

On the 25th of August, Rebecca Johnson running in inclement weather at Stretford came 2nd in the BMC Gold Standard 3000m in 9:39.65. The winner was international track and cross country runner Jessica Judd in 8:57.60. At the same meeting, Highgate's Loughborough student, Terry Fawden, came 5th in one of the 3000m races in 8:37.81, just off his personal best time of 8:37.58.

Despite most athletics events being cancelled on the road and country for the rest of this year, one hopes cross-country and road racing will be looked on more favourably by the ‘Powers that Be’.  The enthusiasm of runners on the track was evident at Wimbledon on 26 August with 8 successful 3000m races. Highgate seniors were well represented. In the toughest and highest standard race (Race 8) and Alex Lepretre ran the 3000m in 8:18.9 for 3rd place, not far behind the winner Kieran Reilly of Tonbridge, who did 8:17.3. Highgate's Alex Crossland was 5th in 8:21.2.  In Race 7, Charlie Haywood ran 8:31.8. In Race 6, Robert Wilson came 2nd in 8:38.5 behind TVH runner Michael Cameron who won in 8:35.4; 10 ran in that one.


23-Aug-2020     Alastair Aitken

BEN POCHEE, the 'Great' Highgate Harriers motivator for the last 25 years or more, enthuses everyone he comes into contact with an air of genuine confidence that is hard to match these days at club or national level. He will be 50 on the 2nd of September 2020.  
In his time so far with the club, he was a junior international runner and later, as an over 40, Southern Veterans Cross Country Champion, before a set of horrendous athletic injuries stopped any future athletic aspirations.  Nonetheless, he has been instrumental in advising firms with coaching advice and, of course, he founded the first Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000 m PB's that has become an important event. He is a coach, organiser of athletic programmes for large firms and next year on June the 5th will be the Olympic 10,000m trials and European Cup, held at Ben's club at the Parliament Hill track.         
Ben's father Ahmed was a member of Highgate Harriers and his half-brother, Brahma, is a coach and runner for the club now. Ben was particularly pleased when the Highgate Harriers 12-man senior team, that he managed, won the National 12-stage road relay at Sutton Coldfield in 2016; the first time Highgate have done that for over 100 years!

Charles Allen, a charming man, who was a long standing official for Highgate Harriers for many years, sadly died at the age of 80 in England on the 16th of August. He was born in India, where his parents lived for a long time, in 1940.  What some people would not realise was that Charles became a celebrated and popular author, freelance writer and a noted historian. 


The England Athletics deadline for nominations for the 2020 Regional Volunteer Awards closes on 31 August.  Last year, Marius Guei, who came from a good line of Highgate sprinters dating back to Simeon Williamson, the AAA's Champion 100m, was honoured with the award of London Coach of the Year 2019. Marius has infectious enthusiasm, which his athletes at Highgate Harriers have witnessed, including Dominic Ogbechie a British record holder with Highgate.


18-Aug-2020     Kate Jenrick

Very pleased to announce that Highgate Harriers has just been granted full charitable status. Particular thanks to Sean Renfer for his time and expertise on achieving this and also to Ollie Kean and Joseph Lowe, our Treasurer,  as they have been consistently helping to move the project along. There is one final step in the process. At the last AGM, members approved amendments to the club constitution to support the application to the Charities Commission. During the application process the Charities Commission required some more changes. These need to be formally ratified by the club. We are proposing to hold an online EGM (extraordinary general meeting ) with the constitution amendments being the single agenda item. If any club member would like to be part of this process please email me kate.jenrick@highgateharriers.org.uk  so I can provide you with the meeting invite and more details.

Being recognised as a charity brings many benefits to the club - many financial but also our status will widen the opportunities the club can pursue particularly when applying for grants. Good to feel that something has come out of lockdown!

Kate Jenrick
Highgate Harriers


10-Aug-2020     Jon Sleeman

Top Highgate men were out running at Chelmsford in the 'Miles of Miles races'.  Alex Lepretre won the race on the 9th of August in 4:29.3, with another 'Star', Roger Poolman, 3rd in 4:34.4. Niki Faulkener was 6th in 4:42.6 and 7th was James Ross in 4:43.6.

The elite women’s ‘Podium 5km’ event in Barrowford on the 8th August was won by international Beth Potter, a former winner of the Night of the 10,000 m PBs, in 15:24. A bit further  down the field but running well were two Highgate Harriers: Rebecca Johnson finished in 16:35 and Hannah Viner in 16:52.

The previous Saturday (1 August) in the LICC event Sam Amdor did a personal best in the 400m and Amy Rutherford ran a season’s best in the 400m on Sunday (2 August). Veronica Chan also ran a 400m.


Ben Pochee's Night of 10,000m PB's, incorporating the European Cup and UK Olympic Trials, has been confirmed by the ‘Powers that be’ as being on the 5th of June 2021. Pochee is hugely optimistic. This news is certainly a step forward by the Highgate Harrier.


Highgate Harriers’ cross country captain, Robert Wilson, has been told that the Metropolitan League fixtures in October, November and December have been cancelled. He was informed of this by the League Administrator Janice Bowman. The 2021 fixtures will be reviewed nearer the time.

Alastair Aitken, as the Press Officer for the Met League said ‘I consider, having also run in the first ever Metropolitan League in 1966 in Hainault Forest, that the Met League is and was the most friendly, social but also competitive fixture for all for London clubs.’

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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