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.

For more details go to the Club Information page

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Highgate Harriers are Clubmark accredited and a Camden Beacon+ club

Night of the 10,000m PBs
Saturday 6th July 2019

Including the European 10,000m Cup

Night of the PBs 2019

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25-Apr-2019     Alastair Aitken


ROGER LOW is an ‘Ever Present’ marathon runner, who has done every London Marathon since the start, when he ran 2:33 in the first one. He considers the New York & London marathons as his favourite ones and has run over 100 marathons in total. He ran a modest 5:24.39 last year but then he is well into his 70’s now.

Pat Davis, like Dominic Hall, was one of Highgate’s fastest ever 800m runners; with a time of 1:51.58 in 2006. He turned to the marathon as a veteran when he was 40 and in 2007 he ran 2:48.07 which is his personal best for the distance and he would like to improve on that this year.

Darryl Davison is one of the ‘12 ‘Stars’ who scored in Highgate’s winning team in the Start Fitness Metropolitan League for cross country. He ran 2:56.54 for the marathon in 2017 but hopes for a lot faster time - around 2:35 - this year and it will be likely nearer that time than his old time. He was born on the same day as the third London marathon run in 1983.

Barnaby Walker is also running the London marathon. He is another good runner who hopes for a time of 2 hr 44.

Damien Lane ran 2:53:48 in the very recent Boston Marathon and, although he will do London he will be running a half marathon in training up to the start of the race because he wants to compete well in the famous Comrades Marathon, which is coming up on June 9th. His time in Boston was his personal best. The Comrades marathon in South Africa is over 55 miles of undulating country
Damian Lane is a Non Exec: Director of the London Marathon Events and the organiser of the VLM. The Events Company generates a surplus of nearly £10 million, which is distributed
to support sporting related facilities in London and Surrey. He has been helping with the support for the refurbishment of Finsbury Park track amongst other things. Damian is an M50 runner.
Highgate Harrier, Dan Higgins, who ran his personal best time of 2:33.43 in the Boston (USA) marathon on April 15th, has hardly time to take his shoes off before he will be on the start line for his 14th London Marathon; despite the possible effect in his legs from his Boston PB he still hopes for a respectable time for the long race in London.


25-Apr-2019     Alastair Aitken


Highgate Harrier, Dominic Ogbechie, was awarded the highest Highgate honour at the annual club awards made at the AGM on 15 April. He was awarded the Harry Rothery Trophy for outstanding feats for the club for the year. In 2018 he was crowned European Under 18 High Jump Champion, after winning with a height of 2:16 in Gyor, Hungary.  Among his other achievements during the year he won the English Schools 200m 21.74, and the England Athletics U17 Championship long jump with a leap of 7.30. Marius Guei is his enthusiastic coach; he was a Highgate sprinter when Highgate’s Simeon Williamson was the AAA’s Champion so, he knows his stuff. Dominic also gets plenty of support from his family.  It is obvious that Dominic could potentially be very good as a decathlete (with additional pole vault work) but he may decide to concentrate on his speciality the high jump! In addition to being European Under 18 Champion he also won the England Athletics Under 17 Indoors at Sheffield where he did his personal best and, for his age at the time a World age best high jump of 2.22. That shows his fantastic potential in that event alone.


The Walter Jewell Trophy for the best young athlete at Highgate Harriers was awarded to Marie Alaphilippe (Under 17). She London Schools long jump with 5.25, a new PB. Marie won both Middlesex Young Athletes League long jumps last season and added two shot put victories to her winning total. She also ran a 26.55 200m. So definitely she is another one to watch out for.


UNDER 23 still, Hannah Viner made great headway as a cross-country, road and track runner in 2018. She was a most impressive winner of the Metropolitan League Cross Country and had road runs in Spain and many other good performances.


The award for the best Masters athlete went to Alex Davidson who is amongst the top half dozen over 55 year old's in the country. Alex, at 56 won Middlesex Masters Cross Country Championship for over ‘50’. He has also been running well on the road and track.


18-Apr-2019     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers continue to show they are amongst the best road running teams in the country with third in the Brighton 10k on Sunday 14 April.
It was the English Championships and Roger Poolman continues to improve and be a ‘Class’ runner; he was inside 30 minutes for 10k, rubbing shoulders with international athletes.
Roger came 8th in a personal best time of 29:10. All the other quartet finished with personal best times. 30th was Chris Rainsford in 30:21, 38 Rob Wilson, really a very much improved runner recently, with 30:48; and Sean Renfer 32:17.

Highgate’s leading women cross country and road runner this year, Hannah Viner, ran round in 34:27


Dan Higgins, an over 40 runner with experience of fast London races, went out to Boston and
ran in the famous BAA Boston Marathon on the 15th of April. He did a personal best time of 2:33.43. The Highgate Harrier was 165th out of over 25,000 finishers.


10-Apr-2019     Alastair Aitken

On Saturday 6 April 2019 in mild conditions at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield Highgate Harriers had two teams of 12 men competing in the the National 12 Stage Road Relays Championships. The first Highgate team were 4th but one must realise they ran quicker than they did when winning the event in 2016. 4:16:15 as opposed to 4:16:30. The club also had a ‘B’ team that qualified from the Southern and ended up 32nd of 65 clubs and ahead of Coventry Godiva, South London Harriers and Milton Keynes ‘A’ teams.  Highgate’s A team would have possibly been even higher than fourth if the other first five teams had not brought in several internationals from their clubs to strengthen them, whereas Highgate were just strong all through without current internationals.

Leeds City won both the Men’s and Women’s events. The Leeds City men ran round in 4:12:21 with Bristol & West second and Aldershot Farnham & District third.  Behind Highgate’s ‘A’ team were Tonbridge (5th) Kent AC (6th) Swansea (7th) and Liverpool Harriers (8th) .

Of the six long stages and 6 short stages the important long stages were Highgate’s Robel Bahelbi 27:10; Alex Bampton, who surprised with such a good run from the UCL student, in 26:18; Roger Poolman who did a time of 26:21; Alex Lepretre 27:10; Robert Wilson 27:22; and Chris Rainsford 26:50. The short stages were Niki Faulkner 15:52; Morgan Mitchell 15:59; Alex Crossland 15:48; Pete Chambers, Highgate’ fastest short leg 15:41; Murray Strain 15:46 and Charlie Haywood 15:58.

The ‘B’ team were Sean Renfer 28:37; William De Doncker 29:21;Darryl Davison 29:22; Henry Murdoch 30.18; Barnaby Walker 29:10 Jon Laybourn 29:40 and on the shorter stages Brahma Pochee 16:15; Ben Noad 17:08; Dominic Smith 17:41; Tom Crowley 18:03; Russ Ashford 17:36; and Andres Chau 17:01.

Considering Highgate Harrier’s women came seventh in the South of England Championships it was very good that they came 7th again in the National Championships out of all the areas & out of 48 complete finishing teams. It was a solid performance. Two long legs and 4 short ones were the order of the day in the six-stage relay event. Highgate beat highly rated Belgrave Harriers, Tonbridge and Bristol & West. The two long legs were by Yasmin Goater on leg one who did 31.25 and Hannah Viner, who took several places in a time of 30:43. The short stages were Emma Burgess 19:31; Molly Renfer 18:35; Nina Griffin 19.12 and on the anchor leg Megan Wilson 18:44.

Results from Sutton Park can be found on the Highgate Results page.


09-Apr-2019     Alastair Aitken

In the Run through Lee Valley 10k race, at Velo Park on Saturday 30 March 2019 Highgate Harriers’ Luke Mcmanus was 3rd in 37:30; and at the same venue, over the half marathon Dave Musgrove, an over 45 athlete, was 17th in 1:29.59.

On 30 March Adam Lennox was 85th out of 357 in the very tough Orion 15-mile cross-country race in 2 hrs 3. 22.

On Sunday (31 March) in the Croydon half-marathon, Highgate Press Secretary’s son Andrew Aitken (41) won the undulating Half-marathon in 1:18.49 and local man Myles Preston of Mornington Chasers was 3rd in 1:19.10, out of a field of 413 finishers.

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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