YOUNG GUNS OUT IN FORCE
In the weekend, at the Terence McMillan Stadium, Newham, the fourth and final match of the Young Athletes Development League, Southern-North, took place
Some of the first places went to Highgate Harriers. The 'A' string winners included some new names to help secure Highgate's future for Track & Field.
In the Under 15's Cecily Turner
won the 800 in 2:24.49; Anna Willis
won the 1500 in 5:26.4 and in the Under 13's Dominic Ogbenchie
, was first in the high jump with 1.50. He was also 3rd in the 100 in 13.3. He was part of Highgate's winning team in the 4x100 in 56.4. The Highgate team was Tyreece Rankin, Luca Weinbrecht, Dominic Ogbechie and Ruben Prennan.
The Overall club scores at the end of the day were 1 Chelmsford & C AC 570; 2 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets AC 490; 3 Cambridge Harriers (Kent) 461; 4 Newham & Essex Beagles AC 391, 5 Highgate Harriers 311, 6 London Heathside 192.
Here is a list of the rest of the marks or times achieved by Highgate Harriers 'A' String athletes declared on the day.
Boys Under 15:-
100m Idan Gal Shatto 12.9; Long jump 5.29; 200m Hugo Halford Harrison 27.0; 300 Dylan Penketh 47.4; 800 Sovann Linden 2.31.7; 80m Hurdes/discus/high jump Otis Van Kerm 17.4/14.21/1.25 Hammer Throw, George Sales 17.78; Javelin Throw Clem Harrison 17.69; shot putt Herbert Mensuoh 5.41.
Boys Under 13:-
200 Tyreece Rankin 29.7; 800/Javlin Conleth Gallagher 2.45.3/24.04; 1500 Harvey Dodd 6:01.1; (Felix Bright was first 'B' in the Javelin and shot); Shot William Sales 6.02; Long Jump, Luca Weinbrecht 4.21;
Girls Under 15:-
100/200 Toni Webb Brown 14.00/29.7; 300 Zoe Allport 55.6; Discus/Javelin Throw, Leonora Cara 8.67/11.21; Shot Sky Lawal 6.67; Long Jump Ava Weinbrecht 3.98;
Under 13 Girls:-
70m Isabella Regina 11.9; 150/70hurdles Bella Houllahan 23.2/13.8; High Jump Isla Nicolson 1.30.
HIGHGATE ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Highgate Harriers started the season being twice at the bottom of the Southern League Division 2 North but now have pulled up to 8th and in the first half, having had a 2nd place at Luton on the 12th of July.
Their last Southern League meeting of the season will be easily Highgate's toughest assignment this year, on the 2nd of August at Parliament Hill Fields, as they meet three of the first four clubs in the Division. Thames Valley Harriers, Marshall Milton Keynes and Ipswich so, they have got to have a strong turn out but they are up to the challenge, if you consider one of their best 'All Round athletes', Matt Dore–Weeks was sharpening himself up for the challenge, with his fastest ever 300m race, when he came 3rd in 38.78, in the Newham Network Athletics Meeting on Sunday and, he also ran a swift 110 hurdles to come 3rd in 15.74. In the former race Jonathan Oviasu, the Club Men's Team Manager, was in good form, setting an example for Highgate's Southern team, by running 39.04 for 4th of 8 in the 300m race won by Matt Dore-Weeks.
Amy Rutherford, who is a good bet for hurdles races at the Southern League, will unfortunately be away for the Parliament Hill Fields meeting, as she has tickets for the Commonwealth Games. She ran 5th in the Newham meeting over 200m in 29.51. That 200 was won by Montell Douglas, the British 100m record holder, in 23.73.
At Crystal Palace, in an Open Meeting on Saturday Jenny Holmes, another person you can rely on for Southern League action, ran 66.77 in heat 3 of the 400m and Benjamin Noel, an Under 20 runner for the club, was 3rd in Heat 3 of the 100m in 11.97.
On Sunday in the Southern Inter-Counties meeting between 8 counties at Mountbatten Stadium, Portsmouth TERRY FAWDEN running for Middlesex was 3rd in 3000m in 9:08.2. ARNOLD MENSUOH was impressive coming 2nd in the 400m in 52.5, the same time as the Kent winner Mohamed Khaisto.
GRACE MEE was another to represent Middlesex. She was 2nd in the high jump with 1.65, the same height as the winner Louise Armitage of Kent.
GRACE MEE was another to represent Middlesex. She was 2nd in the high jump with 1.65, the same height as the winner Louise Armitage of Kent. Mee and Mensuoh both did Personal bests.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS EXCEL IN THREE MEETINGS
In the most prestigious Schools, Track & Field competition in the UK; the English Schools Championships
were held at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday (11/12th July). Highgate Harriers had some good performances, three in particular. HANNAH VINER
of 13 in the Senior Girls steeplechase in 5:6.70, which was a big personal best time and GEORGIA FEAR
in the Intermediate Girls 3000m in 9:52.71. Running for London she was 3rd of the 16 runners. OLIVER LIGHT
, in his first big competition, and only 14 years old, did well too, first of all, coming 2nd of 9 in his heat of the 800m Junior Boys race in 2:03.8 and was 6th in the Final. Running for Middlesex, he was timed at 2:3.95.
Two others competed and they were Emmanuel Olutunji, who equalled his best time in his heat of the Senior Boys 100m, sprinting 11.1 seconds and in another heat, which was over the 200 Isayah Boers ran the good time of 22.98.
On Sunday in the Southern Senior Inter-Counties at Mile End
, Hannah Viner was in action again, this time with the seniors, she came 5th (for Middlesex) in the 'A' 1500m in 4:53.71. Gemma Rous was out for the second day running and was first 'B' in the 400m in 57.63.
After doing SIX
events, the day before, in the Southern League for Highgate Harriers at Luton, Ryan McKinlay
, still managed to win the 3000m steeplechase for Middlesex on the Sunday in 9:35.70. Liam Ormes won a non-scoring 100m in 11.13.
(The combined team of women and men for Middlesex were 2nd behind winners Essex and the Middx Team Manager was Highgate's Richard Priestley)
On Saturday Highgate Harriers went to Luton for a competition in roasting conditions. It was for the 4th of 5 Southern League Division 2N events and it was important that the club did well and follow up again with a very good result in their final match of the season at Parliament Hill. The latter will be on the 2nd of August, when the clubs against them are vying for promotion to a higher league. It won't be an easy task to win and although Highgate, to a 'Great Extent' now out of relegation trouble, they must try hard to do well at Parliament Hill and fill the various events.
The end result at Luton on Saturday was 1 Harrow 230 points; 2nd HIGHGATE HARRIERS 184; 3 Luton 162; and 4 Ryston Runners 148.
Full Results from Luton
HIGHGATE RUNNERS DO WELL IN CITY CLASSIC
On Saturday Evening, a large crowd congregated to see the "Lord Mayor of Norwich 5k City Centre Classic" road race.
Out of 129 starters there were several Highgate Harriers, well up the field. Two Kenyans Peter Emase (14:22) and Bonfiface Kongin (14:40) were 1st & 2nd but they were closely followed by the first British runner SHAUN DIXON of Highgate Harriers (14:53) with John Beatttie of Newham & Essex Beagles, who was 2nd in the senior National cross country of 2012 next in 14:58 and Tom Hook of City of Norwich (15:13). Hook won the last Norfolk Senior cross country Championships while still a junior.
The other runners from Highgate Harriers were 6th Robel Bahelbi (15:30); 8th Robert Wilson (15:39); 16th Brahma Pochee (16:15), 17th Jon Laybourn (16:23); 22nd Darryl Davison (16:36); 23rd and back from injury Irishman, Fergal Smethwick (16:30), and Over 50 runner, Michael Ussher was 40th (17:23) John O'Shea another 'Over 50' runner was 88th in 19:01.
American, Ashley Scott, who ran so well in the recent City Bridges event, was 69th but 6th woman in the race in 18:34 and, Emma Burgess 125th but 14th woman. She ran round in 20:24.
Two Highgate Harriers will be competing in the European Mountain Running Championships, at Gap, France on the 12th of July. Shaun Dixon and Becky Penty.