DOCTOR BRUCE CUTS HIS WAY TO THE FRONT
David Bruce won the Oxford Half Marathon at Oxford by over a minute in 71:26 on October 12th.
On the 4th of October he was the fastest in Highgate’s ‘B’ team that came 34th in the National Road relay at Sutton Park . That gives a true indicator as to how strong the club is currently, as he would usually make the ‘A’ team.
Bruce, who was a medical student at Oxford University , when he won the Varsity Cross country match on Wimbledon Common in 2009. He has also run a 9:12.85 for the 3000 steeplechase in 2011.
HIGHGATE ON THE LADDER OF SUCCESS
Highgate Harriers, a week after having their best Men’s road running team result, at ‘National level’ for over 100 years, coming second in the National Six Stage road relay, put down their marker for a probable third ATW Metropolitan consecutive league victory when, they won the first ATW Metropolitan League meeting at Claybury, Woodford on Saturday. The first 6 teams from 21 clubs, in surprisingly fine conditions after an ‘Iffy’ weather forecast were:
1 Highgate Harriers 1153; 2 Serpentine RC 970; 3 Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 934; 4 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 799; Hillingdon AC 701; and 6 London Heathside 686.
In Division 2 Highgate Harriers ‘B’ were in 4th place with 1074 points with Barnet & District ‘A’ team first with 1239. There are 4 more league matches to come
Highgate’s Norwegian International, Audun Nordtveit, who works in finance in the City and does a considerable amount of running in Regents Park , was an impressive winner out of 417 finishers.
Early on he battled with Mohamud Aadan of Thames Valley Harriers and junior international Michael Callegari of Shatesbury Barnet but Nordtveit was already 20 metres up on Aadan after one lap with Callegari in second place.
Robel Bahelbi of Highgate Harriers a revelation, with his improvement this year. He had a much higher position in the Met League than before with 4th place.
Audun Nordtveit said “I was most scared of Nick Torry of Serpentine (Recent Commonwealth Games marathon runner, who came 7th in the end) but after half a lap I could not see him so, after that I decided to go. I thought my stamina was better than the other runners” That certainly proved correct, He added “This week I am preparing for the Norwegian cross country Championships on Saturday and running 180k for the week. I know there are a couple of runners who ran in the 10k in the European in it but I hope to do well”
‘I do love cross country, as England is the home of cross-country running and I have been made welcome last year by the Highgate Harries family which I have also enjoyed being part of.’
The other noteworthy performances were by Terry Fawden who was 2nd of the 74 runners in the Under 17 race. His highest position in a league race. Another outstanding run was by Hannah Viner, the first Under 20 runner in the Senior Women’s race and 5th overall out of 169 finishers.
The winner of the Womens race was International Rachel Felton, now a veteran 35 of Shaftesbury Barnet AC in 20.53. She was the Met League individual winner overall last season.
Highgate Harriers team here are well placed to challenge for team victory ‘again’ this year when you see the points total amongst the top 4 clubs 1 Serpentine RC 272; 2 Highgate Harriers 260, 3 London Heathside 258 and Shaftesbury Barnet 247.
HIGHGATE'S BEST WINTER MENS TEAM RESULT SINCE 1905
Highgate Harriers MEN were nationally a force as a team in Great Britain, specifically at cross-country & road running, back in 1905 when, they won the National cross country team award.
On Saturday at Sutton Park near Birmingham they came second in the Men's Six Stage Relay. That was the highest position they have achieved since the National Six Stage Road Relay started in 1969. Their last highest placing was in 1990 when they were fifth.
The first three teams on Saturday (4/10/14), out of the 80 teams that qualified for the event from all the Areas were 1. Aldershot, Farnham & District AC 'A' 1:46:48; 2 Highgate Harriers 'A' 1:47.25
; 3 Sale Harriers Manchester 'A' 1:47.54.
Praise should go to Highgate's team Manager Ben Pochee, who managed to get such a strong team out on the day said Highgate Harriers Press Secretary Alastair Aitken
One must not forget that a unique situation happened when Highgate's 'B' team, not only finished in the first half of the field in 34th place
but were ahead of some very good clubs like Southampton, Gateshead, Liverpool, Herne Hill Harriers and Brighton & Hove AC.
Obviously Highgate Harriers now go to the ATW
Metropolitan League, first fixture at Claybury this Saturday (11/10/14)
, with chances of winning the title for the third time in a row even with some 'Big Hitters' like Woodford Green and Newham & Essex Beagles competing again plus Serpentine RC, who tend to flood the races with so many of their club athletes.
BECKY PENTY SHOWS EARLY WINTER FORM
Highgate Harrier, Becky Penty was 5th woman home in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run over 10k on the 28th of September. Her good time was 38.16. International, Gemma Steel of Charnwood AC was the first woman in an impressive time of 33.19.
Rob Wilson, the new Captain of the Highgate cross country team, continues to run well. He came 9th in the Ealing Half Marathon in 73.28 and club mate Jon Laybourn was 10th in 74:21.
Last month when Highgate's Hannah Viner was the first woman in the Hampstead Heath Duathlon, two other Highgate Harriers impressed. Fergal Smithwick was 4th and Rob Walker 8th.