Highgate Harriers are based at
Parliament Hill athletics track
Hampstead Heath, London NW5.
The club welcomes new members of all standards and abilities from the age of seven.
Club training sessions take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
For more details go to the Club Information page
DUNCAN RUNS AGAIN
The day after Duncan Burbidge won the Middlesex Masters cross country convincingly (In 27.47, and Highgate won the 'Over 50' team result with 38 points) Burbidge went on the very next day to come 144th of 1500 runners in the Reading Half Marathon. He ran round in 77.32 making one think 'Life Begins at Forty'.
Highgate marathon 'Star' Richard Scott ran round in 70:38 for 50th place in the high quality race won by International Scott Overall from Blackheath & Bromley in 64:44, just in front of Serpentine's in form runner Nick Torry who did 64:50.
Other Highgate runners in the race included Richard Petty 78:10, Ed Green 78:19 and Suniti Waddell 86:10.
In the Regents Park 10k road race the same day, won by Brendan Murphy of the City of Derry in 33:32 in second place was JOHN McKEANE of Highgate Harriers in 34:54. That was out of a field of 423. Also running in the race was Highgate's Nicola Carniato (W35) who ran round in a 'chip time' of 41:15 and Under 20 runner Beth Belin in 46:58.
BURBIDGE BACK TO HIS BEST
Highgate Harrier, Duncan Burbidge, was back to the sort of form that he had when making the Middlesex Cross country team, some years ago, when he won the Middlesex Masters Cross Country Championships at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday in 27:47, well clear of the field. He was a valuable member of Highgate's winning ATW Metropolitan League team, at the same venue on the 8th of February this year. In that he was second Veteran and 44th out of 400 or so runners. Burbidge, a local man, was born 26th of July 71 so, was into his 40's when he won on Saturday.
Highgate Harriers also had the first OVER 50 runner Michael Ussher who was 8th overall in 29:05 out of the 92 runners that completed. Previous Middlesex Master Champion, Alex Davidson was 13th in the race in 30:13 .Another M50 runner and Highgate stalwart, Chris Bailey, was 17th in 31:27; . Two other Highgate veterans in amongst the first 30 home were Kevin Linehan (M50) 28th in 32 50 and 29th Martin Bright (M45) in 32:52. John O'Shea, back from a long standing injury, was 45th in 35:22;
Hillingdon were the winning team with 24 points and Highgate were 5th with 75 points.
Highgate Harriers retained their 'Over 50' team title with Michael Ussher, Alex Davidson and Chris Bailey scoring for the team.
AN EXCELLENT RUN FROM TERRY FAWDEN
Sometime ago Terry Driscoll, twice a President of Highgate Harriers, picked Terry Fawden out as a 'star' of the future, which is starting to really take shape. Over the mainly fast grassland course, at Wollaton Park, Nottinghamshire, with just a few muddy sections, Fawden came 9th of 346 finishers in the Under 15 race, over a 4.5k race for the National Championship. The measure of his success can not be underestimated as he finished ahead of the recent twice, ATW Metropolitan League Champion, Jamie Phillpot of Herts Phoenix (16th) who won the Hertsforshire Championships.The winner was Ben Bijkstra from Leicester Corinthian in 15:43. The Highgate team came in 19th of the 33 teams.
SENIORS VERY CREDITABLE PERFORMANCE
Highgate Harriers had a disaster, when Doctor David Bruce pulled a muscle in the race and had to drop out well before the finish and if he had been able to continue, at the level he was at Highgate Harriers would have gained bronze team medals. However, all things considered, they were very impressive being 7th six man team in the Senior National Championships out of 107 clubs and 6th with nine to score just ahead of strong Northern club Morpeth Harriers. Their points were 379 on the six to score table and all their six to score men finished within the first 150 places in the race of 1657 finishers. The winning team were Bedford & County with 285 points.
In the National Senior Women's race over 8k Highate were 18th team out of 83 with 600 Points. Not for the first time the winning team was Aldershot Farnham & District with 21 points and the winner was Gemma Steel of Charnwood, also not the first time in 27.42.
In the Under 13 Girls race, Cecily Turner was 149th of 431 finishers.
In the Junior women's Championship (Under 20) 134 finished the race and, well up for Highgate Harriers were Hannah Viner 33rd in 24.25 and 53 Hattie Brock 25:05.
A BONANZA FOR HIGHGATE HARRIERS
Highgate Harriers excelled in the final ATW Metropolitan League, at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday. After the final league races of the season, in strong winds over a soggy course, the club were heroes.
The Overall combined Trophy for Men and Women for the Howard Williams Trophy was won by Highgate. The League Division One title for Men and Women were won by Highgate. The Under 17 Men's league was a victory for the Highgate team. The women's 'B' team topped Divison 2 gaining promotion.
Taking the men first. On the day Highgate Harriers finished all their scoring men inside the first 51 of 362 finishers. The race for first place was quite intense as Nick Torry of Serpentine (24.37) raced it out with Audun Nordveit (24.41) of Highgate Harriers over the last three quarters of the race. Torry just getting home in the last 150m. Nortveit had done; 6 x 2k efforts in the morning, in preparation for the 'National' in two weeks time so he was a bit blunted at the finish but it was another 'Great' run by the 'Charming' Norwegian. The other Highgate scorers were 9 Ben Noad 25.24; 15 Chris Rainsford 25.47; 24 Robel Bahelbi 26.45; 27 Henry Dodwell 26.48; 29 Ryan McKinlay 26.54; 30 Jonny Laybourn 26.55; 39 Ben Pochee (First V40 in the race again); 44 Duncan Burbidge (2nd V40, having his best run for some considerable time) 27.39; 45 John McKeane 27:40; 48 Andrew Lawrence 27.44 and 51 Tom Christopher 27.54. The first four Club teams in the League were 1 Highgate Harriers 5555; 2 Serpentine RC 5196; 3 Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 4516 and 4 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 3682 out of 10 clubs in the Premier Division.
Rachel Felton of Shaftesbury Barnet won her fourth league race out of 4 at Wormwood Scrubs in a time of 25.09 but Highgate were superior as a team than their rivals on points. (First four teams : 1 Highgate Harriers 1782; 2 Serpentine RC 1643; 3 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 1481; 4 London Heathside 1479 out of 10 clubs in First Division).
The 'A' team was led home by Becky Penty in 3rd place (who travelled down specially for this race from Sheffield for the club) in a time of 26.22, followed by 10 Ashley Scott 26.52; 11 Alex Gounelas 26.54; 13 Hannah Viner (First U20) 27.07; 14 Katie Meredith 27.14 and 19 Emma Dixon (2nd Under 20) 27.41.
Something Highgate has been lacking is to have lots of successful '15 to 17' year old runners who will come up in later years to do well in the senior ranks and at last, we have some success in that direction in the Under 17 Boys League and out of 25 club teams Highgate Harriers were first team overall.
The first three clubs in the Under 17 men's league were: 1 Highgate Harriers 1190; 2 Thames Valley Harriers 1147; 3 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 1124;.
The third Under 15 runner was Terry Fawden. The first being Jamie Philpott of Herts Phoenix (13.12) winning the race overall.
Taking the Under 17's and Under 15's, as they are in the same race and league the Highgate performers were 9 Terry Fawden 13.39; 18 Joshia Mills 14.23; 20 Dempster Fawden 14.37; 21 Alastair Sleeman 14.38; 30 Adam Stewart 15.01; 39 Arnold Harrison 15.36; and 51 Filip Bastian 16.15.
In the Under 17 race for women two Highgate runners took part 22nd was Esther Pigney 16.58 and 34 Senga Russell-Donn 18.37.
One runner ran in the Under 13 girls and did well out of the 50 starters. Jessie Wilkinson was 15h in 11.29. The talented Charlotte Buckley of TVH won the race in 10.11.
Full Results Photos (by Thomas Wallenda)