MANS BEST FRIEND CAN BE HIS DOG
, in recent years, ran for Dulwich Runners, which was nearer his home but, had run for Highgate Harriers between 2004 and 2009. He also competed in the Metropolitan League as second claim Highgate in 2012.
In April this year, 2015, he went out on his off road bicycle, accompanied by his dog Bradley, to cycle in Oxleas Wood. His bicycle went over a nasty rut in the ground, and he was thrown over the handle bars with his head hitting the ground hard.
As he lay on the earth, he had great trouble breathing and his dog went to find someone to alert them that José was in trouble. Consequently the air ambulance came and flew him to hospital.
Unfortunately it was found he had broken his neck badly and is now paralysed from the neck downwards.
José is a great character with a very cheerful disposition, who is supported by his wife Kathleen and of course Bradley.
A Just Giving Fund Raising page
has been set up by a friend of José to raise £18000 for an electrical stimulation bike that will benefit his health.
LAYBOURN FLYS THE HIGHATE FLAG
Jon Laybourn ran into second place out of 182, in the North London cross-country Championships on Saturday.
In strong cold winds on mostly open ground on Hackney Marshes, over 8000m, Laybourn briefly held the lead in the first lap but John Franklin of Serpentine overtook him as they entered the woods for the first time. The first three were 1 John Franklin (Serpentine) 28.42; 2 Jon Laybourn 29.23 and Hugh Torry of Serpentine 3rd in 29.40.
It was an event Highgate did not target so, they only had one runner of their top 12 competing, whereas London Heathside did take the event very seriously and won the men and women’s team titles.
Next Saturday Highgate Harriers compete in the Fraternity Cup race at Trent Park and the following Saturday is the third Metropolitan League at Wormwood Scrubs, the latter they consider a Beacon race so, they will be out to topple all the local clubs in the North and North East of London.
On Saturday Highgate had several runners competing in the event and they were 14 Laurent-Olivier Liote 31:29; 20th third veteran in the race, Chris Beecham 32.14; 22 Peter Downie 32:17; 60 Joseph Lowe 34.47, 64 Chris Bailey 34.59; 76 John O’Shea 35.35; and 77 Steve Scruton 35.41.
Natasha Cendrowicz was the only woman from Highgate and came 36th of 72 in the women’s race over 6000m in 36.21. The winner for the second time was Alex Gounelas of Eton Manor, who ran round in 24.39. Gounelas runs for Highgate Harriers in the Metropolitan league but she is first claim Eton Manor.
HIGHGATE NOT ONLY IN THE FRAME FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!
Last Sunday Highgate Harriers, were first club in the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash but, as the race was designated as a UK 10k road race Championships this year, HIGHGATE HARRIERS, were the NATIONAL CHAMPIONS in the prestigious road event contested by 121 club teams.
The first six clubs, signified what a high standard the event was, taken on aggregate time of the three runners. 1 Highgate Harriers 1:31.21; 2 Bristol & West AC 1:31.31; 3 Morpeth Harriers 1:31.41; 4 Shettlestone Harriers (Scotland) 1:31.59; 5 Swansea 1:32.14; 6 Notts 1:32.34. Those were the ‘Cream’ of road running fraternity currently in the UK.
Highgate’s heroes were 5th Andy Maud 29.57; 17 Shaun Dixon 30:28; and 36 Chris Rainsford 30:59.
Out of the field of 1500, other Highgate Harriers were 107 Rob Wilson 32:27; 125 Robel Bahelbi 32:42 and Peter Hawkings 125 in 33:05.
Leeds were the first women’s team in 1:45.11 but Highgate Harriers women were a ‘wonderful’ second in 1:50.55. 81 Women’s clubs competed and the Highgate Heroines were Hannah Viner 35:59; Ashley Scott Wilson 36.39 (But her chip time was considerably better 35.59); and Emma Burgess 38.57.
HIGHGATE IN THE FRAME FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN FOUR WEEKS RACING
Highgate Harriers Men came third in the London Cross Country Championships
in the pouring rain on Saturday.
However, if the race on Highgate Harriers home ground would have been a Beacon race for the Club, they would obviously have won the event.
The first six teams of 24 that closed in, were 1 Serpentine RC 39pts, 2 Hercules Wimbledon 48, 3 Highgate Harriers 64 (6th Sean Renfer 34:19; 9th Fergal Smithwick 34:30; 13th Jon Laybourn 34:53; 36 Tim Gardner 37:01)
, 4 Thames Hare & Hounds 97; 5 Herne Hill Harriers 123 and 6 London Heathside 126.
Provided Highgate Harriers keep up the rate of striking, as they have been four times in the frame consecutively, they are bound to be in the first three and even win the North London cross country this Saturday, at Hackney Marshes, The Fraternity Cup at Trent Park on the 28th of November and at their next Beacon race, at Wormwood Scrubs on the 5th of December. On Saturday Chris Smith of Thames Valley Harriers won the race for the fourth time in 32:46 out of 349 who were counted in what were damp conditions.
The other Highgate Harriers named in the results were 47 Chris Beecham 37:32; 59 Andrew Collins 38.11; 86 Jack Matthewman 39:21; 96 Peter Downie 39:34; 102 Alex Davidson 39:56; 147 Duncan Burbidge 41:16; 181 Joseph Lowe 42:32; 187 Chris Bailey 42.43; 205 John O’Shea 43.38; 210 Chris Wilson 43:50; 275 Steve Scruton 47:13; 277 Rick Bateson 47:15.
The women’s race was won by Steph McCall of South London Harriers in 22.31; a few Highgate runners ran out of the 203 women 44 Rihan Ravenscrot 26.35; 109 Natasha Cendrowicz 29.09 and 195 Kirat Nandra 38:24, so not a full team.
The team winners were London Heathside. Again, if Highgate had a reasonable 4 to score, they would have won here.
GREAT PERFORMANCES BY HIGHGATE ATHLETES IN THE LONDON YOUTH GAMES
Also taking place on Saturday at Parliament Hill Fields was the Inter-Borough London Youth Games.
Some notable performances by Highgate Harriers athletes, including two silver medalists and one bronze, were:
U17 Boys - 124 finishers
3rd Terry Fawden (Hackney)
U17 Girls - 108 finishers
38th Marjolaine Briscoe (Haringey)
U15 Boys - 154 finishers
6th Oliver Haddad (Camden)
12th Austin Harris (Camden)
37th Abel Sinko-Uribe (Brent)
U15 Girls - 180 finishers
7th Phoebe Littler (Haringey)
U13 Boys - 185 finishers
2nd Patrick Kyle (Camden) - Silver medal
6th Roland Somogyi (Camden)
U13 Girls - 190 finishers
12th Ava Mulvihill (Haringey)
Under 11 Development race
2nd Jesse Hopkins (Camden) - Silver medal
6th Ezra Baddiel-Banks (Camden)
The Borough of Camden finished 3rd overall, their best result ever by a long way!
HIGHGATE CONTINUE TO MARCH FORWARD WITH MORE VICTORIES
At Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, on Saturday, sometimes the races were in driving rain but always in strong winds, on all the open ground, plus not going into the woods this year for a respite.
It was the second Start Fitness Metropolitan League cross-country
races that took place and, Highgate Harriers, are now at the top
of the Mens League in Division One (The Premier)
with 2191, having moved ahead of Wooodford Green & Essex ladies, their biggest rivals, who have 2180 with Serpentine the other club in the mix third with 1919.
The Women have increased their lead in Division One, with a total of 610 with London Heathside on 447 and Serpentine RC 442.
Highgate’s Under 17 men are top of their group with 619 but close behind are Herts Phoenix who have 614 points.
As the women are riding high, here is the result of the first six Highgate Harriers in which 218 finished.
2nd Svenja Abel (24.1) who was following up her 2nd in the first league too but, she was not far behind the winner Naomi Taschimowitz (23.49), of Shaftesbury Barnet, who incidentally trains with her on the track on a Tuesday;
7th Hannah Viner (2nd junior under 20 in the race); 9 Ashley Scott-Wilson (24:58); 13 Alex Gounelas (25.17); 19 Esther Evans (1st ‘Over 40’ 25.46) and 25 Emma Burgess (26.16). Highgate’s veteran women are 5th veteran team of 10 in Division One.
Highgate’s men, despite a few notable absentees, are looking good, even though hotly pursued by Woodford Green. Very good international cross country runner from Shaftesbury Barnet, Richard Goodman, was 1st in the race in 29.21 but Highgate had many good places in the first 30 home of 447 finishers. Shaun Dixon was up amongst the best for the first half of the three laps race and still finished 5th overall in 30:18.
Others finishing in the top 30 were 6th, a new ‘Star’ worth watching, Pete Chambers 6th in 30.20; 14 Robel Bahelbi 31.00; 17 Jonny Laybourn (31.15); 19 Sean Renfer (31.24;), 21 Fergal Smithwick (31.32); and 26 Robert Wilson (31:39).
In the UNDER 17 junior men where Highgate have a narrow lead, the leading Highgate lads were 14 Oliver Kemp in 17.00, 23 Abel Sinko-Uribe in 17.11, 24 Adam Stewart (17.12) and 31 Aurel Sinko-Uribe (17.31).
In the Under 17 Junior women the first five home were from a guest club, Dundrum, Southern Ireland. In the field of 71 Highgate Harrier Phoebe Littler of Highgate School was 8th in 19.20, 18th Emma Williets 18.11; 34 Maxine Chapman 20.54 and 39 Esther Pigney (21.20). In the Women Under 17 League Highgate Harriers are in fifth place out of 21 club teams with 338 total points behind the leaders Shaftesbury Barnet who have 438.
ANOTHER NEW STAR In the under 13 girls was Ava Mulvihill of Highgate Harriers in second place, who had a battle royal with TVH runner Ava White, only losing out by 5 seconds and running 14.29 out of 56 finishers. Another Highgate girl in the race was Milly Dunne who came 28th in 16.15.
Under 13 Boys:- won by Sidnie Green (13.28) of Woodford who ran the fastest leg at Mansfield in the National cross country relays. Highgate’s first runner in the race at Fairlands Valley was 9th Theo Machin-Paley (13.59); followed in by 23 Lucas Porter (14.49) and 28 Jesse Hopkins (15.2); 71 finished. Although Highgate Harriers improved for the Under 13’s in the second meeting to come second, they are 4th of 23 clubs with 331 points overall. The leaders being Herts Phoenix with 420.
Full results on the Highgate Results page
The London Cross country Championships take place on Saturday at Parliament Hill Fiilds and the North London Cross is the following Saturday at Hackney Marshes.