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HIGHGATE HARRIERS Night of the 10,000m PBs
Saturday 16th May 2015
Parliament Hill Fields
London NW5


By Alastair Aitken

On Saturday evening at Parliament Hill Running Track, was the third ‘Annual’ 10,000m Night of Personal Bests, with the British and England Championships included this year and, it was again an exceptional success. It was a unique blending of serious competition, with a gala atmosphere, created by the friendship between the people in the crowd who all had a real interest in the sport. Something, not witnessed in the commercial World of televised spectaculars these days.

Dave Bedford OBE and World snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan handed out the medals.
Bedford, the last British World 10k record holder said:-
“I think as an event, it is developing well. This is the best weather we have had in 3 years. I think the work by Ben Pochee on this event should be particularly applauded.”

Perhaps the most exciting race of the six in the evening was the Women’s ‘A’ race over 10k where last year’s, European under 23 Cross country Champion, Rhona Auckland from Edinburgh, out sprinted previous European Under 23 Champion Jess Coulson in 32:28.32. All the races were exciting and the first graded event was a good starter. Out of a large field Davide Covolo, an Italian International Alpine skier, running for Serpentine RC won impressively in a Personal Best of 33:52.77.

Liverpool’s Johnny Mellor, made a late attack to win the Mens 10k in the ‘A’ race to win in 28:46.80 from Welsh International Dewi Griffiths (28:55.24). Two Highgate Harriers were in the field and ran personal Bests. In 10th was Audun Nordtveit in 29:23.11 and in 20th Shaun Dixon in 30:15.20. One must not forget the race had many international runners in it.


HANNAH VINER broke the women’s club record with 36:41.35 in the first race of the day. The previous club record was held by Becky Penty, who ran in last year’s race recording 36:59.05.
Other personal best times for Highgate Harriers were Peter Hawkins, in the second race of the evening 33:52.44; and Tom Christopher in 34:00.56.
In Race 4:- Danny Russell 31:00.68, Robel Bahelbi 31:01.38 and Chris Rainsford 31:26.39 also achieved PB’s impressively.

Alastair Aitken

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