HIGHGATE WOMEN HIGHLY PLACED
Highgate Harriers Women look like being in a strong position again for the coming races in the winter season and, it was noted they had won the Metropolitan League for most years for a long time now.
Their ‘A’ quartet ran very well in the Women’s Southern four stage relay Championships at Bedford. They came 8th of 51 starting teams in 1:07.40, finishing ahead of strong Southern clubs, Blackheath & Bromley ladies, Herne Hill Harriers and Kent AC. The winning team was Aldershot Farnham & District in 1:06.23.
The Highgate Harriers team were Ashley Scott-Wilson 16:24; Svenja Abel 16:12; Sophie Sheldrake 17:28; Hannah Viner 16:19.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS STRENGTH IN DEPTH
Highgate Harriers had two teams that qualified for the National Six Stage Rood relay, at Sutton Park, Birmingham on the 8th of October, which is impressive.
Despite not having five of their top men to strengthen their first team, for one reason or another, Highgate’s 'A' team claimed 5th place and their ‘B’ team 20th out of the 57 clubs, at the South of England Relay Championships
at Bedford on Saturday.
The first 25 clubs in each area compete in the final. When you consider all things being equal Highgate Harriers should be the favourites to win the Metropolitan League senior men’s event again, starting at Claybury, Woodford on the 15th of October. About the overall situation for the season, beginning really in September and ending in May 2017, Ben Pochee the Manager of the teams, remarked thoughtfully.
About the road/cross-country situation for the total season “I think like a fine wine we will mature this season gently but robustly.”
Olympian and European medallist, Andy Vernon of the winning team Aldershot Farnham & District (1:46.12) did the fastest time of the day on the anchor leg for his club team with 16:48.
To think how good Highgate did you have to realise, Highgate’s ‘B’ team beat some big hitters. ‘A’ teams of Thames Hare & Hounds; Belgrave and City of Norwich.
Highgate’s ‘A’ team were, in order of legs, Brahma Pochee 18:16; Rob Wilson 18.14; Robel Bahelbi 18.12; Jon Laybourn 18.58; Peter Hawkings 18.41 and Chris Rainsford their fastest man 18:05.
Highgate’s ‘B’ team were Terry Fawden, in his first major debut in a senior Championship competition was the fastest in the Highgate s ‘B’ team with 18.33; 2 Ben Noad 18.42; 3 Ed Hickman-Casey 20.00; Tom Willard-Reid 20.03; James Millet 19.24; and Michael Dan 19.42. (1:56.24).
To Cap it all Highgate’s ‘C’ team were 37th, well off the back in 2:02.37 Alex Machin Paley 19.26; Alex Houghton 20.18; Nick Gold 20.10; Jack Matthewman 20.38; James Johnson 20.45,Brendn Donnelly 21:20.
It was even more incredible that Highgate Harriers even had a 4th team ‘D’ in the relay that came 50th in 2:15.25 (Included 4 veterans too) Team:- Andrew Collins 21.02 Martin Bright 22.45; Alex Davidson 21.54; Richard Stewart 22.45; John O’Shea 25.25 and Oliver Kean 21.34 .They finished ahead of some good first teams too which include Nene Vallley Harriers, Guilford & Godalming, Bornemouth and Croydon Harriers.
OGBECHIE LEADS FROM THE FRONT
Highgate Harrier, Dominic Ogbechie, continues to have a successful year as a leading youngster in the club.
In the Weekend at the Exeter Arena, Ogbechie, competing for London, won the ENGLISH SCHOOLS JUNIOR BOYS PENTATHLON.
His overall points were 3208 for the Combined Events Championships. His marks were 12.19 for the 100 hurdles; shot 11.33; long jump 6.55; high jump 1.91 and a 2:15.0 800m to finish with.
What a player!
HIGHGATE HARRIERS DO WELL IN SPAIN
Hannah Viner & Chris Rainsford of Highgate Harriers, were highly placed in the Adidas Ciudad de Logrono 10k, road race in Spain, on the 11th of September.
Chris Rainsford was 2nd in the Men’s 10k in 32:16, behind Spaniard, Charles Castillejo Salvador, who ran 31:49 but ahead of the 2nd Spaniard, Chelmas Martinez, who was 3rd in 33:54. 197 took part.
Hannah Viner was the 1st woman home in 36:56.
Marcus Green, was 121st amongst the masses of runners, in the Great North Run last Sunday and, his time was 78:21, which was a personal best for the half marathon distance
A GLINT OF SILVER FOR THE HIGHGATE YOUNGSTERS
Although Highgate Harriers had not got a team in the Senior Middlesex Relays, they certainly did well in the younger age groups for the club. At the Middlesex road relay Championships at Hayes, on Sunday, Highgate picked up silver team medals in the Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Girls road relay
In the Under 17 girls relay race, won by Thames Valley Harriers in 35:12; Highgate Harriers were 2nd in 35:41, 3rd Ealing Southall and Middx 36.43 and 4th Shaftesbury Barnet 36.46. Out of 9 teams that started.
Highgate’s team included the fastest leg of the day by Phoebe Littler, the Highgate School girl, who ran 11.09; Daisy Griffin 12.10; and Sophie Boehler 12.22.
The Under 15 Girls team that came 2nd in 35.11 behind Thames Valley Harriers (34.07) but ahead of Trent Park and St Marys. The team was Ava Mulvihill 11.45; Sasha Fear 11.48 and Emma Williets 11.38.
In the Under 11’s which was done on times, not on legs as a straight race, 2nd out of 11 Middlesex Boys was Liam Bailey in 5.31 behind Max Deasy of London Heathside who did 5.29. Another Highgate lad did well coming 3rd He was Casper Hopkins in 5.32.
The Highgate girl who ran particularly well, out of the Highgate Under 11 girls was, Thea Rheinhardt, who was 3rd out of 10 Middlesex girls in 5.48 The fastest was Nicol Smith of Ealing in 5.34.
Highgate’s Under 13 Boys were only just out of the medals, out of 10 starting teams. They came 4th in 35.11 (Lucas Porter 11.58; Theo Machin Paley 11.56 and Monte Watson 11.17). Highgate’s Under 12 girls also were a close 4th of 10 in 40.22 (Ellen Donald 11.53; Eliza Herzog 14.5 and Niketa Crabb 13:32.)
In the Under 15 s Highgate boys team were 5th team of 10 in 32.38 (Oliver Haddad 9.44; Hugo Cox 11.58 and Roland Somogyi 10.56).
Full YA Relay Results
Thee important Highgate fixtures come up soon for the seniors and they are the Southern Road Relay on the 24th of September at Bedford when Highgate could get two teams qualifying for the National Six Stage from the result which they are likely to be able to do. On the 8th of October at Sutton Coldfield Highgate Harriers compete in the National six stage. The interesting thing that is, in the event over many years Highgate has only been placed once and so they go for the win this time and will then make fantastic history.
On the 15th of October at Claybury, Woodford Highgate Harriers attempt to have another Metropolitan League victory overall. A hard thing to do but they are man enough to do it again!