HIGHGATE HARRIERS IMPRESS IN TOP CLASS FIELD
In the 2015 BUPA LONDON 10K ROAD RACE, on Bank Holiday Monday, 8 Highgate runners were in the field of close to 20,000 who ran the race.
The race was won by Andy Vernon of Aldershot in 28:38 from Jon Mellor of Liverpool, who recorded 29:13. It must be noted that these two runners; Vernon and Mellor, won Ben Pochee’s Night of PB’s for British and English Track Championships at Parliament Hill Fields. Vernon last year and Mellor this year recently!.
In the BUPA 10k, Highgate Harrier, Aundun Nordtveit, ran the fast time of 30:01 to come in 13th ahead of several noted internationals Pascar Owor, a twice Ugandan Olympian, Ryan Mcleod, Nick Torry and Jonathan Hay.
Other Highgate runners high in the huge field included 30th Chris Ranisford in 30:54. The other Highgate runners well in the first 150 were Shaun Dixon 31:03; Robel Bahelbi 32:17 and Danny Russell 32:44.
Laurent-Olivier Liote ran round in 34:52 and also inside the good club mark of 38 minute mark was Andrew Colliins, who did 37:29. An over 70 Highgate Harrier John Brassington did 71:48 for the course.
NIGHT OF DREAMS THAT COME TRUE
On Saturday evening at Parliament Hill Running Track
, was the third ‘Annual’ 10,000m Night of Personal Bests
, with the British and England Championships included this year and, it was again an exceptional success.
It was a unique blending of serious competition, with a gala atmosphere, created by the friendship between the people in the crowd who all had a real interest in the sport. Something, not witnessed in the commercial World of televised spectaculars these days.
Dave Bedford OBE and World snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan handed out the medals
Bedford, the last British World 10k record holder said:-
“I think as an event, it is developing well. This is the best weather we have had in 3 years. I think the work by Ben Pochee
on this event should be particularly applauded.”
Perhaps the most exciting race of the six in the evening was the Women’s ‘A’ race over 10k where last year’s, European under 23 Cross country Champion, Rhona Auckland from Edinburgh, out sprinted previous European Under 23 Champion Jess Coulson in 32:28.32. All the races were exciting and the first graded event was a good starter. Out of a large field Davide Covolo, an Italian International Alpine skier, running for Serpentine RC won impressively in a Personal Best of 33:52.77.
Liverpool’s Johnny Mellor, made a late attack to win the Mens 10k in the ‘A’ race to win in 28:46.80 from Welsh International Dewi Griffiths (28:55.24). Two Highgate Harriers were in the field and ran personal Bests. In 10th was Audun Nordtveit
in 29:23.11 and in 20th Shaun Dixon
in 30:15.20. One must not forget the race had many international runners in it.
VINER SETS HIGHGATE CLUB RECORD AMONGST MANY PERSONAL BEST TIMES
HANNAH VINER broke the women’s club record with a time of 36:41.35
in the first race of the day. The record was previously held by Becky Penty, who ran in last year’s race recording 36:59.05.
Other personal best times for Highgate Harriers were Peter Hawkins, in the second race of the evening 33:52.44; and Tom Christopher in 34:00.56.
In Race 4:- Danny Russell 31:00.68, Robel Bahelbi 31:01.38 and Chris Rainsford 31:26.39 also achieved PB’s impressively.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS HOLD IMPORTANT EVENT FOR THE THIRD SUCCESSIVE YEAR
This Saturday evening at Parliament Hill Fields is BEN POCHEE’S PROMOTION, of raising the standards of British 10,000m running. It comes into force once again.
Last year two major Championship medalists, Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon won the respective 'A' races. Pavey is having a quiet year so, might well be back at Parliament Hill Fields next year to qualify for the Olympics!
'The Night of the Personal Bests' is the term used for the event. How true that was, as so many in the last two years have run personal best 10k's at the meeting held in May. UK athletics were so impressed with the event, they added some major Championships to it last year.
This year it is a British Championship and Trial for European Cup selection and Under 23 European Championships selection also, if the men's or women's race was won in a particularly fast time, there would be a chance for the winner to run in the World Championships track 10,000m in the summer.
In nearly all the races held this Saturday the home club Highgate Harriers will have athletes competing. It will be a fun evening too showing, how 'Great Athletic events can be held without being so commercial that the event would be unreal like so many are'. Ben Pochee encourages people to come and enjoy a 'Great' evening out at the athletics gala.
HIGHGATE WOMEN ARE THE HEROINES AT PARLIAMENT HILL
On Saturday in the first of 5 Southern League Division 2 West matches, at Parliament Hill Fields, it was the women from 'The Gate' who came up with most winners.
Despite a strong wind against the sprinters in the straight it was a good competition with Harrow AC sending a strong team.
Highgate's Gemma Rous
(Born 25/11/85), the Southern Inter-Counties 400 hurdles Champion last year, came home with two individual wins. In the 'A' 200 she ran 26.1 and in the 'A' 400m hurdles in 61.7. There was a double victory 'A' & 'B' in the 3000m with Hattie Brock
'A' 10:46.2 and Emma Burgess
'B' doing 10.54.8.
won the 'A' 800m in 2:17.2, after a good race with Megan Bailey of Harrow who ran 2:17.6.
looked graceful as usual, when winning the 'A' 400m in 60.00.and the Highgate women won the 4x400 relay in 4:17.6
, well ahead of second placers Radley AC who recorded 4:21.4.
Most events were filled by the women. Only one thing that was noticeable was that they had no one in the 3000m steeplechase and, one would have thought, they could have been one, of the 12 women who finished 9th in the Southern road relay, if they had cared to do the event for points. Radley AC had two in that event.
However, in both the Men and the women's events both the team managers John Oviasu & Ron Smith
did their very best to rally people together and Highgate managed to stay out of last place ahead of Worthing AC, who had some very strong field events exponents. The overall result was 1 Harrow 215; Radley AC 166; Highgate Harriers 152 and Worthing AC 139.
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HIGHGATE HARRIER LOW CONTINUES HIS AMAZING RECORD
Highgate Harrier, ROGER LOW, 70 YEARS OLD completed his London Marathon in 4:24.27. That is amazing, as he was only one of 12 ‘Ever Presents’ who started the race this year, on Sunday. That was in the annual event that started in 1981!
Two Highgate Harriers ran inside 2 hours 38 minutes, which were very good club times. The two had run the marathon many times so, are specialists at the event.
Guillaume Cribier 2:36:52 and Dan Higgins 2:37:14.
Highgate’s first woman in the race, who had come over from Ireland for the event was Anne Curley, an over 40 runner, who did 2:58.59.
The other runners who entered as HIGHGATE HARRIERS and completed the course in respectable times were Mathew Pointon (2:39:19); Marcus Green (2:45.37); Damian Lane, an Over 45 runner (2:52.57); Martin Quinn, an Over 50 runner (2:56.50); Benjamin Noad (2:56.50) (Ex-international, just running round but not specially trained for it.) (2:56.50); Mark Townsend (2:59:38); Baard Lynges, an Over 40 runner (3:23.56); Andrew Ball (3:26.01) and Matt Kavanagh (4:18.19) - His place overall was 18595 out of the 38,000 plus runners. Lots were still finishing well into the late afternoon!