HIGHGATE’S MAGNIFICENT QUARTET
On Saturday, on the Wormwood Scrubs, grassy course, in fairly mild weather, Highgate Harriers, won the Southern Senior Cross Country relay Championships ahead of 39 starting club teams.
It was somewhat of a surprise for the club, as they were not marking this down as being a ‘Beacon’ event to do and, if they have any sort of team in the North of Thames Championships & Liddard Cup race (Also a non-beacon event) at Kingsbury this coming Saturday, they could sweep home again in first place!
At the ’Scrubs’ Highgate’s winning team finished in 56:30 with two heavyweight ‘National’ class club teams’ next; 2nd Newham & Essex Beagles AC 56:56; and Belgrave Harriers 57:38 in third position. Herne Hill, Serpentine and Peterborough followed them in.
The magnificent 4 for Highgate were Charlie Haywood (14:07); Jonathan Laybourn (14:06); Robel Bahelbi (13:33) (Another brilliant run from him) and Brahma Pochee (14:44).
Highgate Harriers were well represented on the day coming 11th of 32 club teams in the Under 15’s relay with Oliver Haddad running their fastest of 6.46;
In the Under 13 Boys Monte Watson was the fastest in the team that came 10th of 33 club teams. He did 7:32 but close in time to him was Finlay Sleeman who ran 7.45 and Lucas Porter 7:54. In the girls Under 13 relay race their fastest on the day was Ellen Donald who ran 8:26. The team were 17th of 37. Many of the younger elements of the club will be running in the second North West London League event at Kingsbury, which is held before the LIddiard-North of Thames event on Saturday.
HIGHGATE WOMEN A TOUCH AWAY FROM VICTORY
The result of the Women’s match for the first 3 of the 10 clubs in top division at the Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League
meeting on Saturday was 1 London Heathside 257; 2 Highgate Harriers 256 and Serpentine RC 234.
There is not much doubt with a slight adjustment, Highgate would still be the favourites to win the league by the end of the season. The Highgate Harriers women that took part were 6 Emma Dixon 22:21; 7 Hannah Viner 22:37; 12 Alex Gounelas (1st V35) 23:40; 16 Emma Burgess 23:54; 26 Ashley Scott-Wilson 24.32; 47 Lean Morven 26:08; 59 Esther Pigney(1st Under 20) 26;53; Louise Faherty (3rd V40) 27:51; 99 Natasha Cendrowicz (V45) 29:16; 124 Emma Wilson 31:04; 127 Emily Martin 31:11.
(180 finished and the winner was Tracy Barlow of TVH in 21:51)
Full Report Full results
MASSIVE HIGHGATE HARRIERS CROSS COUNTRY STRENGTH
Some 32 clubs aim to win the Metropolitan league but only one senior club really shows massive strength in and around the North London areas and that was Highgate Harriers. As an illustration, on Saturday they won the first Senior Men's Start Fitness
Metropolitan League match at Claybury, on Woodford Green’s home patch.
Besides that, they were only one point behind the leaders London Heathside in the women’s Division One but that is likely to change before the season is out as, a couple of Highgate’s top runners, felt they were not in such good form on the day!.
Just take the depth in the club. Martin Bright
, who is the motivator of the Veterans team competing in the league, feels we will end up being the top veteran club in the event by the end of the season. We currently lie second to Serpentine in the Veterans Division One.
Also, look at the back up from the younger members of the Highgate club.
In Division 2 of the Men’s league the Highgate ‘B’ are placed 2nd and in Division 3 Highgate’s ‘C’ team are 2nd of 23 clubs in that league!
The youngsters also look promising with the ‘Under 17’ women (pictured)
finishing in 3rd place from 20 clubs.
In the Under 13 Boys event, Highgate are 2nd, only four points behind the leading team so, they could easily be winners by the end of the season and the Under 11’s Highgate Boys are 3rd. ”It all looks good.”
Full results can be found on the Highgate Results Page
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
Highgate Harrier, Georgia Fear, who was a brilliant ice skater and runner, has a sister Sasha Fear, who is competing well for Highgate Harriers in the UK.
Georgia Fear, has been representing her American University, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
On the 1st of October, Georgia, the Ben Pochee coached woman, who is now 18 (Born 19/12/97) was 57th of over 405 runners in the Bethlehem Park cross country race and, her College finished 9th of 45 Colleges (Universities).
Georgia Fear was 4th of the nine who competed for the college team.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS IN THE TOP 10 IN THE UK AGAIN
Highgate Harriers Senior Men’s ‘A’ team were 9th out of 82 clubs in the National Six Stage road relay, at Sutton Park Sutton Coldfield on Saturday (Yesterday)
They finished ahead of some strong clubs like, 11th Morpeth, Bristol & West; Southampton and Sale Harriers Manchester.
The winning team was Cardiff AC in 1:45:42, just three seconds ahead of Swansea. Scotsman Andrew Butchart, the Rio Olympic runner, did the fastest time overall in 15:29.
Highgate had a solid performance
but should be even higher in the 12 Stage road relay on April the 15th next year, also at Sutton Park.
On Saturday the Highgate Harriers ‘B’ team did well to come 45th in 1:55.47 in the ‘elite’ race and ahead of ’A’ teams from Windsor Slough & Eton, City of Stoke, Leicester Corinthians and Oxford City.
Highgate’s ‘A’ team were led off by Rob Bahelbi, who had his best relay leg ever to come in 9th in 17:34 and the others, in order were Danny Russell (Just back from honeymoon)
18:22; Robert Wilson 18:33; Chris Rainsford 18:04; Andy Maud 17:36 (Works late into the night so, he will run even better when shorter working hours come along later)
; and Shaun Dixon 17:49 (Who is now married and lives in Holland but, will be back for the National cross country and the National 12 stage relay)
The ‘B’ team who were 45th and, comprised of Jon Laybourn 18:28; Terry Fawden 19:11; Ben Noad 19:10; Alex-Machin Paley (who had been ill in the week)
20:28; Dominic Smith 19:48 and Pete Chambers, who moved the team from 48 to 45, (Despite having a painful injury to his foot, that played up in the closing stages of the race)
Only one woman represented Highgate in the National Women’s road relay, even though the team had easily qualified for the final and, it was a solo good run by Hannah Viner who was 15th of the 75 starting teams on leg one in 15:08.
Impressive runs were done in the Under 17 Junior Men’s road relay race over three legs. Highgate Harriers team were 24th out of 50 clubs and ahead of Leamington, Blackheath & Bromley and Trafford ‘A’ teams.
Austin Harris, ran the first leg in 12:42; the second leg was by Westminster Schoolboy, Isaac Aadni, who ran 13.12 and Dempster Fawden ran 13:13 on the anchor.