FINAL INTER-CLUB CHALLENGE OF 2014
In the fourth and final Inter-Club Challenge of the season, at Alllianz Park Copthall, on Saturday, several Highgate Harriers competed.
All those athletes were 'stalwarts' of the Southern League fixtures in the Summer.
Gemma Rous was 3rd in Race 4 of the 200 in 26.09 and 3rd in 400 hurdles in 64.36.
Alima Diabate had a good run to come 1st in race 5 of the 200m, beating five other competitors in 28.86 and also ran 13.21 100m.
Jenny Holmes ran 67.01 in the 400m in race 4.
SUPERB VETERAN PERFORMANCE BY NINA ANDERSON
HIGHGATE HARRIER, Nina Anderson, a successful coach herself, is advised by her husband, World renowned coach Greg Richards, the ex-Olympic decathlete.
Over the weekend she competed in the European Veterans Championships held in Izmir Turkey. In actual fact the World Masters Championships takes place in Lyon, France in 2015. The latter is a competition she is familiar with having won the 'Over 35' 400m and 800m in 2007. This time in Turkey she was competing in the W40 age group and won the 400 and was third in the 200.
Nina, who ran for Highgate in the Southern league, spoke to Highgate Press secretary Alastair Aitken and this was what she said about her European Veteran competition in the weekend.
"This year my goal was the European Veterans Championships which took place in Turkey. My entire season was solely about being able to perform optimally on this stage and everything else was merely a stepping stone towards this goal.
Unlike other years where I have always contested the 400m and 800m this season I decided to try a new event and dropped the 800m in favour of the 200m.
The 400m was first on the schedule and I was reining champion. It was always going to be tough not only because of my fellow competitors but also because the final was at the equivalent UK time of 7.10 am. I had rehearsed training very early with the help of some of my training partners but running a 400 final at that time is very unusual and the reality is I think it's more difficult to run quickly. I won the race with a seasons best performance of 57.47 just 1/10th of a second from the championship best performance I set at the last Europeans so I was both relieved and delighted with the result.
My hope for the 200m was different. Given it is a new event for me and I am in the very early stages of learning my craft with a lot of technical work to come my aim was to try to be as competitive as possible against the more experienced sprinters. I ran a new pb of 26.08 which now puts me at the top of the UK rankings for my age group and also secured me the bronze medal so felt for my first season this was an acceptable result."
EMMA BURGESS COMING INTO FORM
Emma Burgess (Born 11/3/86) is coming into good form, as she ran a personal best by 10 seconds by doing 68:39 for 10 miles in the Mersea Island 10 Mile road race on Sunday.
Burgess, ran in 19th of the 193 finishers overall and was the second woman in the race. Emma Burgess has already had a good year, being first woman in no less than 10 Park Runs and represented Highgate in the Southern league. She hopes for a good cross country season. "Emma is coming on well" said her coach Ron Cooper of Highgate Harriers.
GEMMA ROUS FINISHES STRONGLY
28 year old, Gemma Rous of Highgate Harriers finished strongly in the straight, to achieve third place in the CAU Inter-Counties 400hurdles at Bedford on Sunday.
Her time was 62.27, only a bit outside her personal best ever of 62.2. The winner was Loughborough student Jessica Tappin in 59.22.