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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Disability Coaching at Parliament Hill


Highgate Harriers offer athletics coaching for all disabilities, for athletes aged 11 and over on the following days:

    Tuesday - wheelchair specific, 5-6pm
    Thursday - general session, 5-6pm

 


Sessions are run by a fully qualified and DBS checked coach with experience in disabled athletics.

Competition pathway is available through Para and Special Olympics and the club can offer advice and support on these type of events as well as offer information on other competitions that may be available.

For further information or to register interest email highgateharriers@hotmail.co.uk.

HIGHGATE HARRIERS ON AN UPWARD TRENDBEFORE SATURDAY’S 2ND START FITNESSÂ

11-Nov-2019     Alastair Aitken

Before Saturday’s 2nd Start Fitness Metropolitan League at Welwyn Garden City, Highgate’s senior men’s team were third in Division One. Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets were in the lead after the first meet at Claybury. 

However, after Saturday’s meeting on the hilly switchback course, over Stanborough Park, Highgate Harriers’ men now lead the league; second are Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets and third are London Heathside. Highgate Harriers’ women are third in their Division One league behind London Heathside and Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, but are not out of the reckoning yet.

There was much to shout about at Welwyn Garden City in the damp conditions. Alex Lepretre was a close 2nd in the men’s race out of 526 finishers. Two Highgate athletes were very well placed in the women’s race with Nina Griffith finishing 3rd and Tara Bage 6th.

Callan Moody of Serpentine RC, who ran in the World cross country championships for New Zealand, was the winner of the men’s race but only by one second from Highgate’s Alex Lepretre (24:27 & 24:28). The 12 Highgate Harriers ‘A’ team scorers were 2 Alex Lepretre (24:28); 7 Roger Poolman (25:05); 14 Robel Bahelbi (25:32); 18 Alex Bampton (25:34); 20 Sean Renfer (25:38); 30 Rob Wilson (26:14); 34 Charlie Haywood (26:21); 35 Pete Chambers (26:22); 43 Alex Crossland (26:40); 49 Ash Chambers (26:50); 53 Dominic Smith (26:55); and 69 Peter Hawkings (27:25). 

Strength in Depth!

In Divison 2 Highgate Harriers ‘B’ lead: Highgate ‘B’; 2 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets ‘B’ and London Heathside ‘B’. Ben Noad (27:27) led the ‘B’ team home in 72nd followed by Jon Laybourn in 27:45 in 87th place. In Davison 3 Highgate Harriers ‘C’ team are 2nd to Harrow AC.  

Highgate women that ran on Saturday included: 3rd Nina Griffith 28:58; 6 Tara Bage 29:36; 30 Victoria Walker 32:03; 43 Lisa Wenninger 32:45; 68 Sarah Dewhirst 34:19; 76 Louise Faherty 34:35; 116 Natasha Cendowicz 37:06. The race was won by Lizzy Janes of Herts Phoenix in 28:30 and there were 239 finishers.    

HIGHGATE HARRIERS COLLECT MORE MEDALS IN THE LONDON AREA HIGHGATE HARRIERSÂ

09-Nov-2019     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers obtained bronze medals in the Men’s North London Cross Country Championships at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 2 November.

The first three teams were Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 51; Serpentine RC 113 and Highgate Harriers 135. So, Victoria Park appear to be new rivals for the club in the Metropolitan League, the second meeting of which is at Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 9 November.

Back to the runners who ran for Highgate in the North London Race. Jon Layborn, showed his continual class again, coming 6th in 28:49; 14th was veteran Nick Gold 29:33; 24th was another Master Alex Davidson 30:19; Alex Holley was 25th in 30:21 and Adam Lennox was 32nd in 30:44; Rob Walker 34th in 31:01 and Chris Bailey, the well-established Highgate Harrier 66th in 35.41.

In the Women’s race two Highgate Harries competed, both veterans. Lisa Wenninger did well to come 8th in 33:52 and Louise Faherty was 17th in 36:24

CREAGH OF HIGHGATE BEATS MANY FALLING LEAVES
 
Gareth Creagh, an over 40 runner for Highgate Harriers, added to his several Park run victories and, a 4th over 40 place in the Middlesex 10k road Championships, by coming 4th of 325 finishers in the Regents Park 10k race road on Sunday 3 November.  He ran 35:16 for the event and it was his second fastest time for a road10k.

HIGHGATE HARRIERS COLLECT MORE MEDALS IN THE LONDON AREA

09-Nov-2019     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers obtained bronze medals in the Men’s North London Cross Country Championships at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 2 November.

The first three teams were Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 51; Serpentine RC 113 and Highgate Harriers 135. So, Victoria Park appear to be new rivals for the club in the Metropolitan League, the second meeting of which is at Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 9 November.

Back to the runners who ran for Highgate in the North London Race. Jon Layborn, showed his continual class again, coming 6th in 28:49; 14th was veteran Nick Gold 29:33; 24th was another Master Alex Davidson 30:19; Alex Holley was 25th in 30:21 and Adam Lennox was 32nd in 30:44; Rob Walker 34th in 31:01 and Chris Bailey, the well-established Highgate Harrier 66th in 35.41.

In the Women’s race two Highgate Harries competed, both veterans. Lisa Wenninger did well to come 8th in 33:52 and Louise Faherty was 17th in 36:24

CREAGH OF HIGHGATE BEATS MANY FALLING LEAVES
 
Gareth Creagh, an over 40 runner for Highgate Harriers, added to his several Park run victories and, a 4th over 40 place in the Middlesex 10k road Championships, by coming 4th of 325 finishers in the Regents Park 10k race road on Sunday 3 November.  He ran 35:16 for the event and it was his second fastest time for a road10k.

ALEX BAMPTON CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

03-Nov-2019     Alastair Aitken

Alex Bampton, finished 39th in the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday 27 October) out of over 8,200 finishers.  The Highgate Press Secretary found him easy to spot, at 5k, 37K & 41k; wearing his vivid black & white Highgate Harriers vest, Bampton looked relaxed and finished in an excellent time of 2:21:54. It was also interesting to see this year’s winner of Ben Pochee’s Night of the 10,000 m PBs, Steph Twell of Aldershot competing.  In Frankfurt she beat her previous best of 2:30.11 with an Olympic qualifying time of 2:26:40. My son, Andrew, also ran in the Frankfurt and did 2:56.07 but he runs for Striders of Croydon. He did have some hamstring problems in the race so not bad time with that in mind)



MORE LOCAL SUCCESSES FOR THE CLUB
 
On Saturday (26 October), Sean Renfer finished in second place out of 187 finishers in the Liddiard Cup/ North of Thames Championships at Kingsbury. Noted international Michael Calleggari of Shaftesbury Barnet, won in 25:28. Renfer was 2nd in 25:52.

The rest of the Highgate team to run over Fryent Park, Kingsbury, were: 7, Ash Chambers 27.08; 15, Andres Chau, 28.17; 29 Alex Holley 29:08; 31 Alex Davidson 29:19; 35 Chris Beecham 29:28; and 41, John Deane, 29:54.

 In the senior women’s race, had 75 finishers. The winner was Emily Dudgeon of TVH in 30:20. Highgate’s’ scorers were 11 Rachel Clattenburg 33:16; 17, Sarah Dewhurst 34:52; 20, Catherine Airey 35:56; and 33 Natasha Cendrowicz in 37:39.

The next ‘Beacon’ race -  the 2nd ‘Metropolitan League cross country - comes up on the 9th of November at Welwyn Garden City.

HANNAH RUNS WELL IN FRANCE

23-Oct-2019     Alastair Aitken

At a 10k international road race at Rennes on Sunday 13 October that attracted teams from France, Italy, Portugal and GB, Highgate Harrier Hannah Viner was 2nd Under 23 and 3rd overall in 35:15. She has had some good races on the continent in the last couple of years; and of course has won Met League cross country races in the UK which are of a high standard.


MORE THAN PICKING TULIPS IN AMSTERDAM
 
Highgate Harriers were out in the Amsterdam Marathon, (Sunday 20 October) with huge success time-wise.  All the runners did personal best times, which will give them a marvellous start for the winter cross country season. 

In the half-marathon race Sean Renfer ran 69:35 and Russ Ashford 74:44.

In the Amsterdam Marathon Rob Wilson ran brilliantly to finish 40th out of nearly 1,000. Wilson’s time was 2;27.08 an improvement on his best time of 2014 when he ran 2:32:44. The other Highgate runners were Darryl Davison 2:39.07 and Brendan Donnelly 2:4615 an improvement on his PB of 2018 which was 2:50:08.
The winner was Kenyan Vincent Kipchumba in 2:05.09.
 
On Saturday 19 October, in the South of England cross country relay championships at Wormwood Scrubs, Highgate’s senior men’s A’ team were a close second. Highgate’s B’ team did well to come16th and contained Michael Dan 15:11; Alex Holley 15:20; Danny Isaacs 15:39 and Adam Lennox 16:11.
 

LEPRETRE AND HIGHGATE IN THE FRAME
 
In the South of England cross country relay Championships, at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 19 October, Lepretre, was starting to shine for Highgate Harriers by doing the fastest lap time in the senior men’s race of 13:09. Highgate Harriers’ team of four were a close second in the event which attracted 41 teams at the off.

The winning team was Hercules Wimbledon in 55:12 but close behind came Highgate in 55:24; with Herne Hill Harriers 3rd in 56:34; the clubs behind Highgate in the next five positions were: Thames Valley Harriers; Medway & Maidstone AC; City of Norwich AC, Reading and London City.

Highgate’s team were Jon Laybourn 14:22; Nikki Faulkner 14:05; Alex Lepretre 13:09; and Pete Chambers 13:48.

Three other Highgate runners ran round the course and they were Andrea Spaccatrosi 17:30; Ben Wood 15:50 and Dave Gilbert 19:16.

The Highgate senior women’s team were 9th in the South of England relay - three to run: Emma Butcher (12:06); Sarah Bailey 13:00; Rachel Clattenburg (13:24).


HIGHGATE IN CHALLENGING POSITION
 
In the ‘Premier’, Division One of Fitness First Metropolitan League, Highgate Harriers, women and men, are in a challenging position in third spot of the 23 clubs, as they go forward for the other four fixtures this season.

At Claybury Park, Woodford (12 October) on what was an unusually muddy ground in parts due to heavy rain, the placings in the Women’s event were London Heathside (368 points), Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets (341) and Highgate Harriers 3rd (287).  Regarding the men it was Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 1,325; Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 1,258 and Highgate Harriers 1,227.

The women’s team had only one of their recognised ‘Star’ ‘A’ runners competing which goes to show how well the club can do even without all their top runners. The ‘Star’ here was Nina Griffith, who came in 4th improving on her pervious Met League outing of 9th. Her time was 30:20 behind three international class ladies and, the race was won by Shaftesbury’ Naomi Taschimowitz in 29:09. 

The other Highgate scorers in their 6 to score team were 24 Lucy Thraves (33:14); 33 Rachel Baker 33:48; 34 the first over 45 Sarah Bailey 33:48; and 38 Victoria Walker 34:09; and 63 Louise Faherty (V40) 36:32. The other Highgate runners were: 73 Sabrina Russell (V50) 37:02; 74 Lucy Hughes 37:08; 90th Natasha Centrowicz (V45) 38:28; 128 Maxine Chapman (Under 20) 41.13.

Abdi Abdulle, who only two weeks before won the Middlesex 10k on the road, won for the first time the Metropolitan League men’s race for Hillingdon AC in 25:33;. Highgate’s Alex Lepretre was the first Highgate man home in 6th in 26:05; Others who were in the 12 to score were 10 Robel Bahelbi 26:22; 14th the Captain of Highgate’s team Rob Wilson 26.37.   20 Sean Renfer 26:58; 21 Roger Poolman 27:07; 30th Pete Chambers 27:44; 42 Charlie Haywood 28:19; 60 Darryl Davison 29:00; 72 Ash Chambers 29:21; 88 Ben Noad (V40) 29:43; 90 Tom Cowling 29:48;  91 Andres Chaau 29.53. 

It was interesting to note in the under 17’s Finlay Sleeman of Highgate was 27th in 15:08 and Jack Bailey an Under 15 was 37th in the same race in 15:23


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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