HIGHGATE MEN STILL IN THE FRAME FOR THE 9TH TIME CONSECUTIVELY
On Saturday, in the third of five Metropolitan League fixtures at Hillingdon House Farm
, Highgate Harriers Men's team finished 2nd with 1022 points, behind Serpentine RC with 1074 points, but Highgate are still leading the league with 3165 to Serpentines 3134. On Saturday Serpentine had 5 runners in the top 12 but Highgate had 2nd and 3rd places out of the 383 finishers, having all their 12 scorers within the first 63 places.
That indicates Highgate are still in a fighting position for overall victory, provided they turn out strong teams in the Final two league fixtures (10th of January at Horsenden Hill and 7th February at Wormwood Scrubs).
On Saturday the Men's race
was exciting to see as the battle in the mud was between the first three throughout the last lap. Eventually the race winner at the second Met League at Stevenage, Michael Callegari of Shaftesbury Barnet, won in 26.27 but he will not be running in the next Met league race because he will run in the International at Edinburgh that day. However he will have to do the final league race to have a chance of winning the overall prize.
There are 'Great' hopes for a possible victory by Audun Nortdveit in the final two league matches - (and he won the first one at Claybury) - and has a chance to take the top prize. However Shaun Dixon is another who could feature in the first three in the final two leagues without a doubt.
On Saturday, Calligari, Dixon and Nortveidt fought out the final half of the race at Hillingdon and it was only in the last 500m Calligari went clear. Nortdveit was pleased to come second, as he had been unable to train with a knee problem for two weeks and in actual fact was not certain how he would go at all, as the knee hurt in the morning run before the race!
The first three teams in the Women's Division One
are Shaftesbury Barnet 759; Highgate Harriers 752 and London Heathside 735. All those three teams have a chance of winning the league, depending how strong they are in the final league at Wormwood Scrubs. On Saturday for the third time in a row the race was won by Rachel Felton of Shaftesbury Barnet in 21.41. She is a veteran of 35. Esther Evans of Highgate Harriers was the first over 40 runner in 5th place in 22.49 and first Under 20 in the race was Hannah Viner 9th in 23.03.
AT the present time the leaders for the combined Men & Women for the Howard Williams Cup are 1 Highgate Harriers 41; 2 Shaftesbury Barnet 39 and 3 Serpentine RC 38.
In the Under 17 men's race
out of 62 finishers TERRY FAWDEN finished 2nd and to my recollection that was the highest position he has come in the Met League. His time was 14.00 in the race won by Jamie Philpott of Herts Phoenix in 13.52. The others were 8 Dempster Fawden 14.35; 17 Alexander Machin-Paley 15.20; 24 Adam Stewart 15.35; 28 Oliver Kemp 15.51. Out of 25 clubs the first three clubs in the league at the moment are 1 Trent Park RC 709; Highgate Harriers 701 and Ealing Southall & Middx 609.
In the Under 13 Boys race
Highgate are 9th of 20 clubs in the league and had two runners at Hillingdon, out of the 34 finishers and they were 12 Theo Machin-Paley 13.24 and 30 Manny Pgney 16.02.
Milly Dunne was the sole representative for the club in the Girls Under 13
race and came 20th of 30 in 16.06.
Full results Photos from Uxbridge
(courtesy of Mark Easton)
VINER AND BROCK STARS FOR MIDDLESEX
In the Southern Inter-Counties cross country Championships, Middlesex were the winning ‘Under 20’ team of 8 full County teams.
Scores of the first three were 1 Middlesex 49; 2 Essex 52 and 3 Kent 64. The first two Middlesex runners, out of the 45 finishers, were 5 Hannah Viner (22:50) and 8 Harriet Brock (23:06). The winner was Gemma Holloway of Essex in 21:47.
Emma Burgess came 20th out of 54 in the Senior Women’s race but was impressive because she was the second Middlesex runner in the team that came fourth.
Terry Fawden can always be relied on to run well in important competitions and he was 11th of 82 in the Under 17 race. He was the first Middlesex runner home in that With a time of 14:42. 66th was another Highgate runner for Middlesex Aurel Sinko-Uribe in 16:00.
In the Under 15 Boys race Dempster Fawden running for Middlesex was 74th in 17:07.
In the Under 13 Boys race won by Surrey; Middlesex were 5th and the Highgate Harriers out of the 87 finishers in that were 38 Finlay Doyle (11:03); and 54 Roland Somogyi (11:18).
In the Under 13’s, won by talented Thames Valley Harrier, St Paul ’s Schoolgirl, Charlotte Buckley (10:55), running for Middlesex. She was timed at 10:55 Highgate’s Ellie Gilmore, also running for Middlesex was 34th of 92 in 11:54. Middlesex were the 2nd team with 85 points behind Surrey who scored 32, and Sasha Fear, running for Middlesex was 67th in 12:19.
GOOD HIGHGATE PERFRMANCES AWAY FROM THE MAIN CLUB EVENTS
Several Highgate Harriers have been running around the cross-country circuits in the UK in the last week.
DAVID BRUCE, who only ran in Highgate’s ‘B’ team in the National Six stage road relay, illustrated how strong Highgate Harriers are as premier cross-country club in the UK currently by winning the Oxford Mail League at Harcourt Hill last Saturday.
MURRAY STRAIN, was in the Highgate Harriers ‘A’ team that came 2nd in the National Six Stage road relay He won the Scottish East District cross country Championships at Camperdown, Dundee last week-end. That was by 20 seconds.
PHIL WYLIE, who ran for Highgate in the Metropolitan League cross-country last year and came third in one race, won the highly rated Birmingham & District League Davison One, cross country, last Saturday. His time was 32:59. He was thirteen seconds ahead of the second runner. Wylie was representing Cheltenham Harriers.
Back on December the 3rd KER MILLER won the Crystal Place Canter road event by over two minutes in 20:24.
LAURENT LIOTE of Highgate Harriers, won the QEOP 10k road race in Olympic Park on December the 6th in 36:35, clear of the next runner.
This coming Saturday Highgate Harriers will be firing on all cylinders to try and maintain their lead in the Metropolitan League cross country. The races will be run over one of Hillingdon AC’s courses at Uxbridge.
ALIMA BLOWS AWAY THE COBWEBS OF WINTER
Alima Diabate, the smooth, flowing sprinter from Highgate Harriers, who competes in the Southern League for Highgate Harriers in the summer months, was out competing in the SESSA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on Wednesday. Diabate came third in the Final of the 400m in 62.83.
MORE SPRINTERS RUN FAST TIMES
Highgate Coach Juliet Kavanagh said:-
"Several sprinters went to Windsor yesterday (Sunday) to run the 60m sprint, and most had Pbs. Alima Diabate was just outside her pb running 8.28, but Emmanuel Olatunji ran a new PB and was fastest at the meeting, running 7.06. Arnold Mensuoh ran a new pb of 7.45. Patrick Boadu Boafo who is over here from Germany for a year ran 7.53 to win his first race easily, and then improved another 1/100th to run 7.52. Hannah Caulfield (U17) ran 8.33, just outside the national qualifier. Idan Gal-Shohet (U17) ran 8.01 in his first race, improving to 7.92 in his second, with Jai Malik Massey (U15) running 8.22 and Pedro Vives (U15) running 8.28. Pedro then improved to 8.16 to win his second race. Toni Webb Brown (U15) ran 8.92. Dormaile Vyre (U17), who is a new recruit, ran 7.75."
A GOOD DOUBLE AT REGENTS PARK
On the 7th of December was the Mornington Chasers Regents Park 10k road race took place. Two Highgate Harriers took part. Here are their names with their Net times. Nicola Carniato, who is a veteran over 35, ran round in 79th place out of 430 runners in 39.40. Carniato was only 20 seconds outside his personal best time for the distance.
In 80th place was Over 50 runner Kevin Linehan, who was timed at 43.03. Linehan, born 12/5/61, ran 2:57.03 for the marathon as an ‘Over 45’ runner and has competed in Ultra-Distance races. In one of them he was the first over 45 runner.