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

Track and Field Results

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Parliament Hill athletics track
Hampstead Heath, London NW5.

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09-Oct-2018     Alastair Aitken

In the Men’s National six stage road relay Championships Highgate Harriers, came 9th of 77 starting teams in 1:48:48. The winning team was Stockport Harriers & AC 1:45:07. Highgate were ahead of ‘Big’ hitters like Birchfield Harriers, Derby and Morpeth.

Highgate’s fastest man was Roger Poolman, who was 6th on the first leg in 17:25, followed by Chris Rainsford (5th) in 17:44 and then, briefly, Highgate were in the frame on leg 3 when Robel Bahelbi came in 3rd in 18:07. In the incessant rain that was forecast to come, Robert Wilson was on leg 4 and recorded a time of 18:24, then came Alex Crossland who came home in 18:26 and finally Charlie Haywood ran 18:42 to anchor the team home in 9th position overall.
The amazing thing was the ‘B’ team for the club came 38th of the 77 and were ahead of the ‘A’ teams of Salford and Sale Manchester Harriers, who were serious contenders. Highgate’s overall time for the ‘B’ was 1:54.20. The team showed the depth of the club, which will be again illustrated in the first Metropolitan League cross-country this coming weekend. In leg order:- Jon Laybourn, 18:44; Sean Renfer 18:22; Henry Murdoch, 19:08; Pete Chambers, 18:33; Andres Chau, 19:46 and William De Doncker,19:47.

Highgate Harriers’ women did very well to come 12th of 83 starting clubs and their overall time was 1:03:08. The winners were Aldershot Farnham & District in 57:58. The Highgate Harriers team, in order of running the four stages, comprised: Emma Burgess, 15:46; Yasmin Goater, 15:24; Hannah Viner, 14:58; and Kani Hinchelwood, 18:53. The Highgate team finished ahead of some strong clubs like Herne Hill Harriers and Liverpool.


09-Oct-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harrier, Esther Evans, who last won the Middlesex Cross Country Championship outright in 2011 and two Met League victories the year before, was in action again recently, as a W40. Esther did 91:38 to be second over 40 runner in the Cheltenham half Marathon at Cheltenham on the 30th of September.
One of Highgate’s most celebrated officials at club and National level, Jeanne Coker remarked on her runs in the World Masters Games at Malaga recently to Peter Downie who edits the Highgate Newsletter
 “I have just returned from the World Masters track & Field Championships held in Malaga, Spain in somewhat hot conditions. I ran in the W80 group – 100m in 28.33 and 200 65.11. Not very impressive times but I hope they may inspire older women to ‘give it a go.’”


09-Oct-2018     Alastair Aitken

Chris Rainsford, who ran 68:29 for the half marathon in 2017, smashed his personal best, when winning the Robin Hood Half Marathon in 67:54. The event was run on Sunday 30 September.
Rainsford not only won the Robin Hood half marathon but also the England title which was held in
conjunction with the event. In 2nd place was experienced Notts AC runner Alistair Watson in 69:28, which shows it was a convincing effort by Rainsford.

Alex Davidson, at 56, ran 35:35 in the Middlesex ‘Open’ 10 road race on Sunday morning (30 September). It was the best 10k time he has done since 2008. His position in the race was 47th of 325 finishers, in the mild weather in Victoria Park. It must place him in the top half dozen over 55 runners over the distance in the country this year; and he should be short listed for England for the Masters Cross-Country International later in the year. Alex, looks back at what he considers his best ever run “In 1997 I ran 69.00 for a half marathon at Reading. Although I know I would be faster then, relatively I think my style is better now.” Alex has won quite a few Middlesex Masters titles over the last 15 years.

Another runner for Highgate in the race was Daniel Brewer in 27th, who despite being put down in the results as Blackheath & Bromley AC, had run for Highgate in the Southern Road relay wearing a Highgate vest. His time was a ‘sparkling’ 34:21. The winner was Abdishakur Abdulle of Hillingdon AC in 30:54.

Other Highgate runners who turned out included someone who has run for the club for a long time and that is Nick Gold. He is an over 45 runner and came 52nd in 35:44. Martin Black, better known as an official for the club, and an over 50 runner was 279 in 50:52.


01-Oct-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate’s Hannah Viner, who ran so well in the Southern road relay for the club at Crystal Palace on Sunday 23 September, will be competing for the England under 23 team, in the Rennes International 10k road race, on Sunday October 14th. Teams will compete from all over Europe so it should be a good experience for Hannah.


01-Oct-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers ran brilliantly to come 2nd in the South of England women’s road relay Championships at Crystal Palace on Sunday 23 September, after the rain had come down...
There were 63 teams competing on the first of the four legs. Emma Burgess, as usual fought well to come in 12th on the first leg in 17:28.75. It was then the turn of Hannah Viner to scythe through field and take the club up to 4th in 16:52.95. Yasmin Goater was on the third leg for the club and worked her way up to 2nd; Yasmin’s time was 17:28.15; and the anchor leg was a ‘coming back to form’ Ashley Scott-Wilson, finishing the job in 2nd place in 18:25.85.
The first three teams were: Guernsey 1:09.25; 2 HIHGATE HARRIERS 1:10.15; 3 Wycombe Phoenix 1:10.23


Despite a few of their major ‘Stars’ missing, Highgate men showed they have ‘Great Depth’ of good performers in the South of England road relays (23 September)  Besides their ‘A’ team coming 8th; their ‘B’ team came 21st and their ‘C’ team 55th. The interesting fact is that the ‘A’ & ‘B’ qualify in the first 25 clubs of the area to compete in the National six Stage Championships at Sutton Park, near Birmingham on the 7th of October.  Going back to talking about the race: the ‘A-team comprised Robel Bahelbi 17:55.15; Rob Wilson 18:24.35; Chris Rainsford 17:40.90; Terry Fawden 18:53.75; Fergal Smithwick 19:03.20 and their fastest runner Roger Poolman 17:32.10. The total time of the team was 1:49:29. The winning team was Aldershot Farnham & District who moved ahead of Tonbridge on the last leg to win in 1:46:07.


Highgate Harriers Masters were 14th of 27 starting teams in the Southern Veterans (V40 men) 4 Stage road relay Championships (23 September). First off was over 55 runner Alex Davidson, who did 20:39.40; on the 2nd stage came Damian Lane (21:08.20) followed by Andrea Spaccatrosi on 3 (22:23.10). The anchor man was over 50 runner, John O’Shea (24:28.05). O’Shea may not be the fastest but he has superb style. The winning team was Kent AC in 1:17.25; Highgate totalled 1:28.38.

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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