Early Season Open Meeting at Parliament Hill - Wednesday 10th April 2019
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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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Night of the 10,000m PBs
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Night of the PBs 2019

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17-Mar-2019     Alastair Aitken

For the second time this year Dan Higgins ran inside 2 hours for 20 miles. In the undulating Finchley/Hillingdon 20-mile road race (Sunday 10 March 2019), which was a Middlesex County Championship race in which 339 finished, Dan Higgins was 4th overall in 1:59.50. The Highgate Harrier was the first over 40 runner in the race.

He was not the only Highgate runner to excel on that day as Alex Crossland ran in the Trafford 10k that saw 888 finishers and he came 20th in a personal best time of 31:22. His previous best was 32:09. Also in the field was another Highgate Harrier Andrew Chau, an Under 23 runner, who were 100th in 34:21.

In the British Cross Challenge and Inter-County Championships at Prestwick Hall Loughborough on Saturday 9 March most of the best women cross-country runners competed and 266 finished. They were the best athletes selected from Counties all over the UK. The three Highgate women were Hannah Viner, 21st in 40:19,
Yasmin Goater 77th in 42:47 and 167 Emma Burgess, just back from honeymoon in the Canaries. These three will be good for helping the Highgate team to a good result in the Southern & National Road Relays.
The winner on Saturday was Worcestershire international Jenny Nesbitt in 37:52.

Two runners who should be in good from for the Southern and National road relays for Highgate Harriers, coming up shortly did well recently.

At the Inter-County Championships at Loughborough (9 March) Chris Rainsford, running for Derbyshire County was 49th in the Senior Men’s race; to finish in the first 50 is good to say the least.

Niki Faulkner was 3rd in the London Universities and Colleges League cross country at Wormwood Scrubs, on the 27th of February. He was running for Imperial College.


06-Mar-2019     Alastair Aitken

At Trent Park, over a testing course, in blustery conditions Alex Davidson, 57 in May, beat all the 50 to 59-year old’s to be first home in the Middlesex over 50 men’s Championship cross-country race (3 March 2019); and he has been selected to run for England in the Home Veterans International race later in the season.

The Highgate team were gold medallist for the Over 50’s. In addition to Alex Davidson (39:18) the other three in the team awarded medals were John O’Shea (44:18), Chris Bailey (with a cold 51:32) and Martin Black (56:20).

Chris Beecham was 7th of the 25 Middlesex over 40’s men in a time of 40:33.

Sarah Bailey achieved a winning gold medal coming 1st Middlesex over 45 in 33.11. Others who ran were 3rd over 35 Louise Faherty (35.10) 7th over 45 Natasha Cendrowicz 37:59; 21 over W45’s competed. It was interesting to note when combining the two women’s results for Herts and Middlesex that Sarah Bailey placed 4th out of all the women runners in both Counties.
Like his half-brother Ben Pochee, Brahma Pochee did well over the weekend (Sunday 3 March) coming 2nd of 467 in the Mornington Chasers 10k. In the race in Regents Park his time was 35:43 behind the Southampton winner Tom Epton who did 35:23. Highgate’s 50-year old Simon Atkins came 39th in 41:55.

Brilliant high jumper, Dominic Ogbechie, Highgate’s ‘Star’ Under 20 performer, did another personal best to win at the UK Indoor Junior Championships at Sheffield, which was held on the 23-24 of February. Dominic long jumped 7.59 which beat his best indoor mark of 7.53 of last year.
He has now achieved 14 National titles and one must be excused for thinking he could be a great’ decathlete eventually, with so many events in his armoury.


03-Mar-2019     Kate Jenrick

After 5 races over the season, Highgate Harriers lifted 3 team titles as well as various individual awards in the North West London League.

The Under 11 girls have had a cracking season- winning 4 out of the 5 matches (2nd at Trent Park). The team was always well supported by a regular cohort which included Ellie Chadwick, Tilly Talbot,  Eloise Lindley,  Aliyah Osman and Carla Cutler. Ellie Chadwick  was 3rd at the first outing then won 3 races to finish U11 champion with Tilly Talbot ( a year below ) claiming 4th overall.

The Under 11 boys also won the the team title-  but they left  it to the last fixture to move up from 3rd to 1st. George Parkinson ran 4 races and finished 6th overall.  Joseph Drinkell was a key team member turning out at every fixture  and Oscar Fletcher and Alex Driscoll were regular point scorers.

Our U13 boys squad is filled with so many talented athletes, the title was  assured from early in the season. Paul Opie missed the first race but then clocked up  2 wins a  3rd and 5th  to claim first overall. Jamie Cameron, Joseph Hayes, Thomas Chadwick  and Caspar Hopkins regularly contributed to the ever increasing points mountain as the season progressed.

Returning to the girls. They finished 2nd overall in the League (all age groups).  The U13s had a shaky start but then climbed back up the table as the squad grew in number and confidence and finished a creditable 2nd to Thames Valley Harriers.  The U15s needed luck to hold onto the lead they had sneaked going into the final match. Unfortunately Dacorum fielded a decent team and regained their  lead which they’d had most of the season. It was close one- just one point separated the teams. Mia Parry was 5th overall (U15)  which capped an ever improving season. Lauren Russell who can’t race enough was rewarded for a busy and productive season by claiming the U13 title.

And to Announce our Club Cross Country Winners  for 2018/19
1st Ellie Chadwick
2nd Tilly Tallbot
3rd Eloise Lindley

1st Jacques Lorraine
2nd Theo Hayes
3rd George Parkinson

1st Lauren Russell
2nd Lal Ergun
3rd Jess Parry

1st Paul Opie
2nd Liam Bailey
3rd Caspar Hopkins

1st Ellen Donald
2nd Mia Parry
3rd Louise Pradayrol

1st Monte Watson
2nd Ezra Banks Baddiel

1st Milly Dunne


26-Feb-2019     Alastair Aitken

In the ‘La Mitja’, Granollers Half Marathon in Barcelona, Spain (Sunday 24 February), Chris Rainsford, ran his second fastest half marathon with a time of 68:56. He was representing England. He was highly placed in the international event, finishing 12th.

In the National Senior Men’s cross country at Harewood House, Leeds on Saturday (23 February), Roger Poolman (38:16) of Highgate Harriers was 29th out of 2,006 finishers. The Highgate Captain, Rob Wilson did well to come 130th, as the second Highgate runner home in 40.31. Hannah Viner came 27th of 1,034 in the Senior Women’s race, continuing her good form.

Several hundred runners ran the Brighton half marathon in fine weather on Sunday (24 February) including ex-Highgate Harrier Andrew Aitken (40) (78:54) who finished in 51st place and 41-year old Pat Davis (79:15), who was once Highgate’s top 800m runner, who finished 55th.

In the Victoria Park10k road race on Sunday 24 February, Leon Ceronne was 7th of 37:08.


18-Feb-2019     Alastair Aitken

In the high quality Brooks international road race in Armagh on Thursday 14th of February there quite a few personal best times achieved by the Harriers in the men’s 5k. In 32nd place was Roger Poolman in a personal best of 14:24; 57th was Chris Rainsford in 14:33; 74 Alex Crosland in a personal best time of 14:44; 83rd Robert Wilson also in a personal best time of 14:47. The personal best time also applied to Sean Renfer who ran 15.02 in 116th place, 125th was Robel Bahelbi in 15:06 and in 184 in a personal best time was Jon Laybourn in 15.38 198 was Henri Murdoch in 16.02 and 200 Andres Chua 16.08. All these Highgate runners finish well up in the Metropolitan league cross-countries so it shows that the standard of Armagh is very high indeed. The winner was Finnish International Topi Raitanen in a new course record of 13:43.

In the women’s 3k, won by international Steph Twell in a course record equalling 8:59, Hannah Viner finished in 22nd place in 9:36, Molly Renfer was 30th in 9:40, Rebecca Johnson and 32nd in 9:40 and Yasmin Goater was 39th in 9:46. Emma Burgess was 77th in 10:36 and Jemima Storey was 109th in 12:03. The team finished as the second club team behind Leeds City.

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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