SUCCESS AT THE COUNTY ROAD RELAYS
So, with our Late Season Open Meeting bringing the end to the track season, the cross-country/road season is upon us! Sunday saw the Middlesex Young Athlete Road Relays contested at Hayes, and Highgate Harriers had runners in every age group! It was a very successful day for the club:
U11s 3rd Lucas Porter
U13 girls 1st
U15 girls 4th
U17 girls 1st
U17 men 2nd
Both the under 13 girls and Under 17 girls were crowned Middlesex Road Relay Champions! Georgia Fear who claimed fastest lap lead was supported by strong runs from Esther Pigney and Jess Wilkinson. In the U13s lead off runner Ellie Gillmore came in 3rd place, Dorothy Brock moved up one place and Sasha Fear had her chance to overtake and secure a comfortable victory for the Harriers. Such is the clubs strength in U13 girls we had two further teams consisting of Hannah Sekkides, Isabella Millet, Maxine Chapman, Florence Mace Horan, Millie Dunne and Micol Cresto Dina.
The U17 men's team put on a solid performance with Terry Fawden leading on the first leg and running the fastest lap of the day. Adam Stewart ran sensibly to hold that position and Alastair Sleeman kept his head but had to concede the lead into the very closing stages when a careful judged run by Trent park took them to victory.
Other newsworthy performances came from the U15 girls team of Constanza di Borgoricco, Daisy Griffin and Anna Willis who's gutsy runs rewarded them with a 4th place so narrowly close to snatching a medal. Our U15 boys team of Dempster Fawden, Tal Pelmont and Filip Bastien also placed highly following strong by all three runners. Teddy Mitchell also ran as an individual, but pulled up feeling unwell.Unfortunately through unavailability our Under 13 boys team was incomplete but Oliver Haddad ran well in the first leg, handing over to Augustin Quarez who had to pull out with injury.
In the U11s, the race which was not a relay but a 1500m race Lucas Porter won a bronze medal. Also running were Monte Watson, Tristan Doyle, Jesse Hopkins, Benjy Chesworth, Ezra Banks Baddiel and Xenia Ramirez Espana.”
We have the first XC race coming up on Sat 27th Sept at Perivale// Greenford (NWL league ).
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN RETURNS
Peter Downie, is over his injuries that has plagued him for several months and had been unable to race since the early Spring. He was back coming 2nd in the Hackney Marshes Park Run in the weekend (13/9). He was timed at 16:08.
'The Scot' who now lives in the Mile End area, was the 1st Over 35 runner in the race and, looks forward to helping Highgate Harriers win the Metropolitan League again this coming season!.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS OPEN MEET BRINGS CURTAIN DOWN
The Final Highgate Harriers/City of London Open Meeting of the season was at Parliament Hill on Wednesday Evening.
Two athletes were outstanding in the Open meeting, coming from other clubs and top athletes as field eventers for their age groups in the UK.
Under 13 athlete Sebastian Dickens of Essex Schools put the shot 14.64m, which is certainly the best by a boy of his age in the UK this year and may be ratified as a British Record. He is coached by the famous Geoff Capes.
Greg Thompson an Under 20 athlete threw the discus 52.69m. He is coached by his Father a top veteran for his age Neville Thompson of Shatesbury Barnet.
The season for road and cross-country is very nearly upon us and Highgate have four athletes at Parliament Hill well inside 16 minutes for 5000m, which augurs well for their chances in road relay and for the Metropolitan League cross-country next month.
Out of 19 runners in the 5000m, the first four were Highgate Harriers and they had the 7th runner home too. In order Robel Bahelbi 15:05.32; Gordon Pearce 15:21.80; Rob Wilson 15:29.82, Brahma Pochee 15:34.05 and Irishman, Fergal Smithwick 15:42.1.
Also in the race was Hannah Viner, running a new distance for her on the track. She finished 11th (1st U20 woman) in a time of 17:55.72. She is another one to look forward to the cross-country season.
Adding to that and looking good for a Winter season was Ryan McKinlay, running in a SPIDERMAN outfit he won the Senior 1500 in 4:6.59 with no one was too close to his web.
Picking out someone from Highgate Harriers who won more than one event was a St Paul’s schoolboy called Jesse Hopkins, who won an Under eleven 600m in 2:07.7 (Jack Bailey 2nd in 2:07.8) and Hopkins won the Race 2 of the 75m Under 11s in 12.86.
There were a lot of Highgate winners but I would like to mention a brave effort by Gabriel Springer, who despite an injury incurred when running, came home 2nd in the 100 race 2 in 11.89.
Some winners included Highgate runners.-- Under eleven long jump Lucas Porter 3.64 and first girl Under eleven Clara Mee 3.34.
Lulu Szego did 23.55 for 2nd in the Discus.
More winners included Under 15 Clara Falconer with 6.39 in shot Putt. Under thirteen 75m won by Bastian Karolina in 12.96 in Race One and in Race Three Lucas Porter added to his long jump success with 11.67.
Over 40 field event exponent trying his hand on the track was James Rossiter won race 4 of the 100m in 13.53. Theo Machin Palley won the Under eleven 600m in 1:56.43
Edward Daly an Under 17 Highgate Harrier won Race 3 of the 100m in 11.74. Perhaps the most rewarding was to see Martin Bright and Over 45 runner, who only started running two seasons ago winning Race 2 of the 1500m in 5:12.19 with 10 other people following him home. Ellie Gilmore was the first girl. As an Under 13 Girl she ran 5:27.02 for the distance.
CAMPBELL HIGHGATE'S FASTEST IN GREAT NORTH RUN
Highgate Harrier Rory Campbell, who is studying at Oxford University was the first Highgate Harrier in the Great Northern Half Marathon last Sunday, won by Mo Farah in 60 minutes.
Rory Campbell's time was 76min 21seconds and he was 70th in the huge field. Rory ran 1:57.32 for the 800m, as a personal best back in May 2006, which listed him well in the British Milers Club and that was as an Under 20 athlete but still keeps his hand in competing for Oxford.
His father Alastair Campbell is a journalist, Political Adviser and Author and has run for Charity too.