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Following guidance from the UK Government and England Athletics relating to non essential contact and non essential travel there will be no Highgate Harrier sessions for young athletes and no coach-led session for seniors, until further notice.

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Our constitution requires that we hold an AGM by the end of April but due to the current exceptional circumstances, your club committee has taken the decision to postpone the AGM until the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Once a new date for the AGM has been set we will make our members aware, in the meantime the committee will make club decisions by email.

Club members will be informed of any updates via the weekly newsletter. We will also use the newsletter to communicate any cancellation of events, as and when new decisions are made.

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Early Season Open Meeting at Parliament Hill - Wednesday 8th April 2020

Following guidance from the UK Government and England Athletics, the Open Meeting has been cancelled.
The club will be in touch shortly with those that have already entered to outline refunds, please bear with us as this is clearly an unusual situation

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08-Mar-2020     Alastair Aitken

In the huge field in the Vitality Big Half Marathon in London on Sunday 1 March, the first Highgate Harrier was Matt Mintrom who finished 117th in 1:12.28.  The 2nd home for the club was William De Cothi in 155th (73:49) with Barnaby Walker next home in 182nd place in 1:14.43. Then came Luke McManus (244) in 1:16.36 and Tim Verheyden (261) in 1:16:53. Oliver Kean finished 277th in 1:17.26. Nick Gold, a V45 runner, was 369th in 1:19.07 and Jess Anderson finished 1,282nd in 1:29:37.


Ross Dunsmore, was 9th of 235 finishers in 16:46 in the ‘Last Friday in the Month’ Serpentine 5k on 28 February. Dunsmore of Highgate Harriers won the Alexandra Park Run on 18th of January. In the Serpentine 5k other Highgate runners were David Shepherd who finished 14th in 17:03, David Gilbert who finished 27th in 17:42 and Emily Young who finished 101st in 20:31.


24-Feb-2020     Alastair Aitken

Bronze medal winners
Pictured L-R: Yasmin Goater, Vicky Walker, Hannah Viner, Nina Griffith

As Press Secretary for Highgate Harriers, I consider the performance of Highgate’s Senior Men’s and Women’s teams - which both finished third in the English National Cross Country Championships on 22 February - to be the best joint (Women’s & Men's) club team result on a 'National' platform for at least the last 50 years. 
The men’s team were third (9 to score) from 59 clubs that completed a team in a race in which 1,715 runners finished. The event was run on a muddy Wollaton Park course near Nottingham. The first three clubs were Tonbridge (536), Bristol and West AC (640) and Highgate Harriers (650).
Alex Lepretre, whose best previous run in the ' National' was 39th, came in 12th in 45:02. Highgate’s other scorers were: 45, Roger Poolman (46:42); 48, Alex Bampton (46:45); 60, Sean Renfer (47:04); 65, Chris Rainsford (47:13); 84, Robel Bahelbi (47:34); 88, Charlie Haywood 47:37; Captain of the team, Rob Wilson, in 117th place in 48:12; and Terry Fawden in 131st (48:36).  The individual winner was from Brendan Foster's old club, Calum Johnson of Gateshead in 43:36.            
Now for the bronze medal-winning women’s team. The first three teams were Aldershot Farnham & District (48), Leeds City AC (58) and Highgate Harriers (159). 
Highgate’s four to score were led home by Hannah Viner who finished in an excellent 12th position in 34:47. She was followed in by Nina Griffith in 31st (36:29), Yasmin Goater in 34th (36:42) and Vicky Walker in 82nd (38:20).  919 runners finished the race, which was won by Anna Moller, the European Cross Country Champion, in 32:59.

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Alex Bampton was 22nd in the prestigious British Universities and Colleges Championships in Edinburgh on 1st February. His time for the 10k cross-country course was 33:53. The winner was Mahamed Mahamed, an international from Southampton Solent University, with a time of 32:06.  339 athletes completed the race.  


16-Feb-2020     Alastair Aitken

Nina Griffith ran superbly to come 2nd out of 218 finishers in the fifth and final Start Fitness Metropolitan League cross country of the season at Trent Park, Cockfosters (8 February). 
In brilliant sunshine but over a quite muddy cross country course, the winner was 2006 National Cross Country Champion Liz Janes (Hall) of Herts Phoenix in 28:34 with Nina Griffith 2nd in 29:59.  As Southern Champions Highgate had a modest turn out of their ‘stars' - being without Hannah Viner and Molly Renfer - but still finished third on the day in Division One behind London Heathside and Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets and third overall in the League behind the same two clubs. Some other high places for Highgate were: 7, Vicky Walker 31:28; 13, Jess Anderson 31:55; 33, Rachel Baker 33:57; 45, Sabina Russell (V50) who did 34:57; and 47 Louise Faherty (V40) 35:04. 
So now in the next couple of months are the National Cross Country, Southern Road Relay and the National Road Relay, where the club’s hopes are high with both the men and the women.

Highgate Harriers men had their eighth consecutive season of winning the Start Fitness Metropolitan League.                                                    
Out of the 32 clubs that took part Highgate Harriers 'A' team made no mistakes on Saturday (8 February) as they had all their 12 men to score team in the first 51 of the 457 finishers. Their 'B’ team topped Division 2 and will now join Highgate's ‘A’ team in the Premier Division next season. 
The overall Men's League in Division One finished with Highgate Harriers 6,993; Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 6,606; London Heathside 5,513; Woodford Green 5,306; Ealing, Southhall and Middlesex 4,156; Serpentine RC 4,019; Hillingdon 3,719; TVH 3,466; Shaftesbury Barnet 3,407; Trent Park RC 3,084; London City 2,866 and Barnet & District 1,646. 
There was a gold lining for Shaftesbury, as they had the individual winner of the final three league races out of five and that was Dylan Evans - who won at Trent Park in 25:28; but in second place and leading the Highgate charge at Trent Park was Alex Lepretre. The Highgate team were: 2 Alex Lepretre 25:33; 5, Roger Poolman, 26:05; 8 Robel Bahelbi 26:23; 10, Chris Rainsford 26:30; 13, Rob Wilson 26:46; 16, Charlie Haywood 26:55; 18 Sean Renfer 27:05; 24, Pete Chambers 27:21; 39, Jon Laybourn 28:10; 42, Dominic Smith 28:13; 48, Ash Chambers 28:24; and 51 Alex Crossland 28:31.


01-Feb-2020     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers women won the South of England Senior Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday 25 January. They came home clear of 69 other club teams from the South of England.  All four scorers for the team finished in the top 25 to give a total points tally of 66. 
Hannah Viner was 8th of the 694 finishers in 30:20 and she was followed home by Nina Griffith (30:51) in 12th, Emma Butcher (31:30) in 21st and Zoe MacDonald (31:50) in 25th. Highgate finished ahead of Aldershot Farnham & District (108 points) and Tonbridge (114).
In the Senior Men’s race Alex Lepretre, who was fourth last year in the Southern Senior Championships, was a clear 2nd place in this year's event, out of 1,172 finishers. Lepretre, who works for a legal team, was only headed by previous National Cross Country winner Adam Hickey of Southend (47:28). Alex beat two stars of the Metropolitan League - Dylan Evans of Shaftesbury Barnet AC (48:35) who finished third and Austin Roth of Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets who finished fourth (48:41).
The Highgate Harriers team came 3rd out of 81 clubs. The team’s scoring six comprised: 2nd Alex Lepretre (48:19); 23rd Chris Rainsford (50:18); 24th Robel Bahelbi (50:23); 33rd Rob Wilson (50:46); 35th Sean Renfer (50:51); and 41st Murray Strain (51:10). Three others who finished well up in the huge field were 44th Charles Haywood (51:17); 86th Pete Chamber (53:30) and 103rd Jon Laybourn (54:18). The first three teams were: 1 Aldershot Farnham & District 97 point; 2 Tonbridge AC 150; 3 Highgate Harriers 158.  

Yasmin Goater came 46th in the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge in Stirling on 11th January out of 113 finishers. Yasmin showed promise when coming second in the London Cross Country Championships senior race back on the 16th of November 2019 and also last year she ran a personal best for 3000m of 9:47.01.


15-Jan-2020     Alastair Aitken

A record number of Highgate Harriers took part in the penultimate Start Fitness Metropolitan League fixture on Saturday 11 January. There is a massive muddy hill in Alexandra Palace Park which the 43 senior men had to negotiate three times, up and down like mountain goats and, the women had the same hill to take account of. 
Despite being beaten on the day by Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets  AC (1,419 to 1,405) the Highgate senior men had enough of a cushion to be the overall Premier League leaders with 5,510 to Victoria Park’s 5,255 with London Heathside on third on 4,344. Therefore, if Highgate don’t drop their guard for the final meeting at Trent Park on the 8th of February they could definitely win the League with the team trophy again. 
Alex Lepretre was in good form, as he has been all season so far. He was third of the 497 finishers in 27:16. The rest of the scoring team were 6 Robel Bahelbi 27:23; 9 Murray Strain 27:45, 10 Sean Renfer 27:53; 11 Charlie Haywood 27:53; 13 Robert Wilson 28:16; 33 Dominic Smith 29:18; 39 Pete Chambers 29:37; 49 Jon Laybourn 29:59; 58 Daniel Brewer 30:14; 64 Ash Chambers 30:28 and 68 David Shepherd 30:38.
Highgate women are still in the chase but will have to be extra strong to overturn the leading two clubs in the last meeting at Trent Park. After Alexandra Park the scores were London Heathside 1,434, Victoria Park & TH 1,311 and Highgate 1,259. 
The first scoring six for Highgate were led by a brilliant and improved performer Nina Griffith who finished in second place out of the 236 field in 31:55. International, Lizzy Janes of Herts Phoenix (30:14) was first.  The other Highgate runner were Vicky Walker in sixth (33:39); 29 Rachelle Baker 35:14; 45 Lisa Wenninger 35:55; 73 Louise Faherty and 110 Natasha Cendrowicz.
A total of 88 finished the junior men’s race and Finlay Sleeman was the first Highgate runner in 16th (14:23). Monte Watson was 57th and Josh Groves 58th.   Highgate Harriers’ Junior women are in 6th place of 24 club teams, and their best performance was by Ellen Donald who was 6th of 66 in 16:26. Also running were 9 Lauren Russell (3rd under 15 in the race) in 16:35; 25 Jess Parry; Lal Ergun; 52 Gabrielle Kennedy and Serlin Ergun 58th.
In the Middlesex County Championships on Saturday 4 January at the Wormwood Scrubs course, Highgate Harriers won the team event by a wide margin in the Senior Men’s race shutting the gate with their six scorers all finishing in the first 14 of the 166 finishers.  The first three teams were: 1 Highgate, 53 points; 2 London Heathside, 131 and 3 Thames Valley Harriers, 167.
Highgate's Alex Lepretre was 2nd in the race in 42:04 beating the last Metropolitan League winner, Shafesbury's Dylan Evans, who was 3rd in 42:10. The winner was international, Nick Goolab of Belgrave Harriers in 41:14. The other Highgate runners in the scoring team were 6 Sean Renfer (43:07); 9 Charlie Haywood (43:35); 10 Robert Wilson (43:39); 12 Terry Fawden (44:39); and 14 Dominic Smith (45:25) The next three home were; 28 John Laybourn (47:26); 29 Andres Chau (47:35) and 35 Tom Crowley (48:40).
Highgate's leading woman were: 4th Jessica Anderson (34:18); 17 Lisa Wenninger (35:57); 31 Sarah Dewhirst (38:47) and 38 Sabina Russsell (39:41). The winner was Lithuanian Gintare Juknyte of Aldershot Farnham & District in 33:45. The Highgate Harriers’ women’s team were 4th of the 12 teams that closed in with their four to count scoring 4, 17, 31 and 38 for 90 points. Thames Valley Harriers won with 27 points. 
In the Under 17 women’s race Highgate's Ellen Donald finished 8thth in 26:35. In the Under 20 men’s race Tal Pelmont came 8th in 25:36.  In the Under 17 men Finlay Sleeman finished 19thth in 24:53 and 24th was Charlie Gundy in 26:02.

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